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Academic Excellence

JBU's Rankings & Distinctions

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” – Aristotle

JBU students are recognized around the world for their academic excellence while studying at JBU and after graduation. We are pleased to share just a few examples of the long heritage of academic excellence at JBU.


JBU's Top Ranking among US Colleges
and Universities

JBU ranked No. 1 overall and a Best Value among southern regional colleges in the “U.S. News and World Report: America’s Best Colleges” in 2014. For the past seven years, JBU has been ranked consistently in the top four.

Impressive Freshmen Credentials

JBU’s incoming freshman class of the 2014-15 school year maintained a 3.71 average high school grade point average. The freshmen also averaged 25.6 on the ACT and held an 1167 average for the SAT.

Outstanding Faculty

Over 75 percent of JBU fulltime faculty hold a Ph.D. or the appropriate terminal degree for their field. JBU Faculty have received their degrees from Vanderbilt University, Dartmouth University, Oxford University, Purdue University, Wheaton College, Princeton University, University of California, Berkeley, Talbot School of Theology, Harvard University, Fuller Theological Seminary, Stanford University, Loyola University and Auburn University.

Nationally Recognized Honors Students

Every year, JBU honors students have the opportunity to present their research at recognized research conferences across the country. In the 2014-15 school year alone, 50 students presented their work regionally and 15 nationally.

High Graduation

JBU has one of the highest graduation rates among colleges and universities in the state of Arkansas, with 60.6 percent of students who enter the university graduating within six years.

Students' Graduate Work

Many JBU students continue their education as they pursue masters and terminal degrees. Currently, seven JBU seniors (2010) are attending division-I research universities like Oxford, Princeton, University of Chicago, St. Louis University, Northeastern University, Georgia Tech and University of Michigan. Also, eight of John Brown alumni are studying medicine at universities like Saba University School of Medicine (Saba, Netherlands-Antilles), UT-Southwestern, St. George University School of Medine (Granada, West Indes), Wichita State University, Ross University School of Medicine (Dominica, West Indes), William Jewel College and Southwest Baptist University.


JBU students are both nationally and internationally recognized for their academic excellence:

Hubbard Wins First JBU Student Fulbright

John Brown University English Education senior, Sarah Hubbard, was selected to receive a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Turkey for the 2015-16 academic year. Hubbard, '15 alumni, departs for Turkey this fall to take up her appointment at a Turkish university.







JBU Students Win NASA Innovation Award with Multi-Robot Design

John Brown University's robotic team, the Eaglenauts, came to the NASA's sixth annual Robotic Mining Competition (RMC) at Kennedy Space Center as one of the smallest teams of the 46 competing universities but left as the second most decorated team.






JBU Business Team Advances to Tri-State Business Competition

John Brown University business teams placed second and third in the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup State Business Plan Competition April 22 in Little Rock. Of the 47 business plans submitted from 14 Arkansas schools, JBU business team, Charlie’s Choices, advanced to the Tri-State competition in Las Vegas, Nev. May 27-28.


Enactus Takes Third at Nationals

JBU took third place in the nation at the 2015 Enactus USA National Expo in St. Louis. Propelling past 178 other teams, JBU's presentation team, Gabriela Flores, Diana Cascante, Luke Powers and Jake Knight, describe how JBU students are transforming and shaping lives with the power of entrepreneurial actions.





JBU Communication Students Win 18 College Media Awards

The Threefold Advocate, John Brown University’s student run newspaper, was named the “Newspaper of the Year” by the Arkansas College Media Association and won 17 other awards.


JBU Engineering student helps develop NASA Aircraft Design

John Brown University student Brian Plank’s autograph is on the wings of a NASA-designed aircraft that will be displayed at The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Plank, an engineering major at JBU, recently completed a summer internship at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) in California. There he worked as a research associate/project manager, testing flights of a subscale flying wing aircraft.




JBU Forensics Team Wins State, Individual Titles

The John Brown University Forensics team won state titles in their individual competitions, as well as the title of Arkansas State Champions, at the 2015 Southern Forensics Championship Tournament (SFCT) held at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark.







JBU Engineering student interns at NASA Regolith Lab

Zachary Huffaker, JBU engineering student, interned at NASA this summer for an intensive 10-week session helping the development of the space program. During his internship, he joined five different projects in the Granular Mechanics and Regolith Operations Lab in Florida. Three of the five projects involved analyzing data, modifying the mechanical structures of a robot named RASSOR (Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot) and organizing data, such as mathematical models for concrete erosion, on Project Morpheus.




JBU Business Major Invited to Prestigious South American Business Forum

Cesia Melendez, a senior, became the first John Brown University student invited to attend the South American Business Forum (SABF), an international conference for university students in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The three-day conference is a forum for 100 handpicked university students and current business, political and academic leaders to exchange ideas on the topic of sustainable development.

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