About JBU

Christ Over All Since 1919

Founded in 1919 by the evangelist John Brown Sr., JBU is a Christ-centered, Biblically faithful university that educates people to honor God and serve others. JBU has been recognized as a leading university by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, US News and World Report, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

JBU’s mission is summarized in its two historic mottos, “Christ Over All,” which conveys the primacy of our Christian commitment in our educational mission, and “Head, Heart, and Hand,” which defines our mission to educate the whole student — intellectually, spiritually, and professionally.

JBU requires all board members, faculty and staff to annually affirm their commitment to JBU’s statement of faith, its employee expectations, and their active involvement in a local church. Even though JBU does not require students to sign a statement of faith, a significant majority of them are Christians. JBU does require all students to commit to live by the appropriate community covenant (undergraduate community covenant or graduate/online student expectations). JBU identifies itself with and primarily serves the global, interdenominational, Protestant, and evangelical church (JBU’s evangelical identity). Consistent with its evangelical identity, JBU’s board of trustees has also articulated certain institutional commitments to address commonly asked questions.

More than a degree.

Educational Philosophy

Education at John Brown University has never been merely academic. John Brown Sr., founder and first president of the institution, was committed to a well-rounded philosophy of Christ-Centered studies that focused on the holistic development of students – head, heart and hand.


Learn to think critically and pursue truth. A JBU education is not about facts that you'll soon forget. It's about training your mind to think creatively and solve complex problems so that it can serve you well for the rest of your life.


Engage in faith and community. You'll connect with others, experience profound personal growth and develop a way of life in which you are deeply aware of God's calling and choose to live in response.


Develop practical career skills and serve others.  We train you to be excellent in your profession but more importantly to honor God and serve others in every facet of life.


More about JBU

Who We Are

We are a top-ranked Christ-centered, interdenominational university committed to integrating faith and learning, fostering holistic spiritual formation, promoting pragmatic liberal arts education, and preparing people to follow Christ’s call to serve others in all areas of life.

Established in 1919 by evangelist Dr. John E. Brown Sr., JBU was created to combine Christian liberal arts education with an emphasis on specialized vocational training. While we may not train airplane mechanics today, a "head, heart, hand" education with "Christ Over All" is still our focus. 

The university has no denominational affiliation and admits students of any faith. JBU is a vibrant and growing independent Christian university of the arts, sciences and professions.

What We Believe

As a Christian institution, John Brown University holds to the interdenominational doctrinal position identified by the following statements:

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative word of God.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe that, for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

As adopted by the National Association of Evangelicals.

Mission, Vision, Values


John Brown University provides Christ-centered education that prepares people to honor God and serve others by developing their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives. JBU’s mission is summarized in its two historic mottos: "Christ Over All" and "Head, Heart and Hand."


A Christ-centered, interdenominational university that leads the nation in integrating faith and learning, fostering holistic spiritual formation, promoting pragmatic liberal arts education, and preparing people to follow Christ’s call to serve others in all areas of life.


  1. Christ-centered. We pray and worship together as a community; we submit to God’s truth and authority as expressed faithfully through His inspired Scriptures; we seek to restrain evil and to promote good through our work and service; and we educate students to serve Christ and His Kingdom because we are followers of Jesus Christ, the incarnate and visible person of the triune God.
  2. Pursuit of Learning. We educate students to seek, and exemplify ourselves, a globally-aware, holistic, curious and lifelong pursuit of learning because God created the world good and it is part of our worship of God to learn as much as we can about Him and His world.
  3. People. We make decisions that benefit students; we extend hospitality to strangers; we recognize the God-given gifts of our colleagues; we act and treat each other with integrity; we respectfully engage and encourage a variety of differences among people; we nourish relationships; and we study and learn in community because God has created people in His image.
  4. Service. We listen and learn from others, recognize and meet their needs and engage and create cultures to imagine new opportunities for people to flourish because God has called us to love our neighbor.
  5. Stewardship. We strive to be wise stewards of our time, talents, and financial and natural resources because this world belongs to God.
  6. Excellence. We seek to do all things well and then strive to do them better because God calls us to do all things in honor of Him.


JBU President Dr. Charles Pollard oversees the mission of JBU — educating the whole person "head, heart, hand." During President Pollard's tenure, which began in 2004, the university has been blessed to receive over $312 million in gifts, to grow its endowment from $50 million to over $160 million, and to complete 17 major building projects.

The following are members of the Presidential Cabinet:

  • Dr. Steve Beers, VP for Student Development
  • Mrs. Julie Gumm, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer
  • Dr. Kim Hadley, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Dr. Jim Krall, VP for University Advancement
  • Dr. Ryan Ladner, VP for Enrollment Management
  • Dr. Robert Norwood, VP for Academic Affairs
  • Dr. Ted Song, Chief Diversity Officer

Our Programs

Traditional Undergraduate

Nearly 1,200 students are enrolled in one of JBU's more than 40 traditional undergraduate programs where we are committed to providing them with an academically-challenging educational experience.

Online Undergraduate

JBU Online allows students with no prior college credit to earn their bachelor's degree in organizational leadership, management, liberal arts and psychology completely online. 

Graduate Programs

JBU offers master’s degrees in professional disciplines through full-time or part-time enrollment. Graduate programs include degrees in the areas of business, counseling, education, higher education and cybersecurity. Classes are offered in Springdale, Little Rock, Siloam Springs and online, depending on the program.


Campus Locations

Siloam Springs

Home to our traditional undergraduate programs and graduate classes in counseling and education.

2000 W. University
Siloam Springs, AR 72761

Little Rock

The JBU Little Rock Center offers master's degree programs in counseling and school counseling as well as regional support for online undergraduate students.

JBU Counseling Education Center
10816 Executive Center Drive, Suite 100
Little Rock, AR 72211
(501) 771-9000

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