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JBU Facts 2017-18

University Accreditation, Program and Enrollment Information

John Brown University, founded in Northwest Arkansas in 1919, serves over 2,500 students from 50 nations and 41 states. JBU is a Christian university committed to providing quality academics within a distinctly Christian community. 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.


To provide Christ-centered education that prepares people to honor God and serve others by developing their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.

John Brown University
2000 West University Street
Siloam Springs, AR 72761
(479) 524 - 9500


Higher Learning Commission

230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604

Academic Programs

John Brown University is accredited by:

  • John Brown University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission,, (800) 621-7440.
  • The education preparation programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  On July 1, 2013 NCATE consolidated with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and formed the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) as the new accrediting body for educator preparation, (202) 223-0077.
  • The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Program, including electrical/computer, mechanical or renewable energy concentrations, is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,
  • Construction Management degree is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE),, (210) 495-6161.
  • All business degree programs of the College of Business are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP),, (913) 339-9356.
  • The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at John Brown University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791 (
  • The United States Department of Justice has approved John Brown University for the education of foreign students.

John Brown University is approved by:

  • Arkansas State Department of Education
  • The United States Department of Justice for the education of foreign students

John Brown University is a member of:

  • The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU)
  • Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities (AICU)
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)
  • Council for Independent Colleges (CIC)
  • Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
  • Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS)
  • National Association of Evangelicals (NAE)

Program Offerings
Undergraduate Majors - 41
Undergraduate Minors - 52
Graduate Degree Programs - 10

Top 5 Undergraduate Programs By Enrollment

  1. Nursing - 151
  2. Engineering - 129
  3. Family and Human Services - 74
  4. Graphic Design - 72
  5. Biology - 70

Graduate Degrees  

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MS
  • Cybersecurity, MS
  • Design, Thinking & Innovation, MBA
  • Design, Thinking & Innovation, MS
  • Educational Leadership, MEd
  • Higher Education, MA
  • International Business, MBA
  • Leadership, MS
  • Market Research and Consumer Insights, MBA
  • Marriage and Family Therapy, MS
  • Master of Arts in Teaching, MAT
  • Master of Business Administration, MBA
  • Organizational Behavior, MBA
  • Outdoor Program Management, MS
  • School Counseling, MS
  • Special Education, MEd

Associate's Degree Programs

  • Construction Management
  • General education
  • Interdisciplinary Studies

Undergraduate and Graduate Faculty

Full-time - 87
Adjunct -  152
Total =   239

81 percent of the full-time faculty hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree.

Student/Faculty Ratio – 14:1

Degrees Awarded July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017
Undergraduate - 424
Graduate - 198

Average Class Size: 20

Honors Scholars Program
JBU’s Honor Scholars Program promotes academic excellence in a community of highly motivated student scholars and faculty mentors. With a curriculum based in the Great Books, the honors program features a hands-on learning experience in addition to challenging coursework. JBU’s program has been a model for other Honors Scholars Programs worldwide.

JBU Online

JBU Online allows students with prior college credit to complete their bachelor's degree in organizational leadership, business administration, management accounting, liberal arts and psychology. The program has student services centers in Fort Smith, Little Rock and Rogers, Arkansas. 

Graduate School
The Graduate School offers advanced degrees in professional disciplines through full-time or part-time enrollment. JBU offers graduate programs in the areas of Business, Counseling, Education and Design. Classes are offered in Rogers, Little Rock, Fort Smith, Siloam Springs and online, depending on the program.

Enrollment Statistics

2017 Enrollment - Total - 2,613

  • Traditional Undergraduate - 1,379
  • JBU Online - 249
  • Concurrent/Dual Students - 344
  • Graduate - 641

New Undergraduate Full-Time Student Enrollment - Total - 407

82.0 percent of fall 2016 full-time, first-time freshmen re-enrolled for fall 2017.

Graduation Rates
See: Student - Right - to - Know

Average high school GPA of entering freshmen
3.68 (Based on a 4.0 scale)

Average ACT score of entering freshmen

Average SAT scores of entering freshmen

Traditional Undergraduate
Men - 570
Women - 808

JBU Online
Men - 85
Women - 142

Men - 198
Women - 432

Number of Resident Students
Traditional Undergraduate - 932

Student Population

Undergraduate Student Population
Top Ten States:

  1. Arkansas - 537
  2. Texas - 156
  3. Oklahoma - 144
  4. Kansas - 65
  5. Missouri - 85
  6. Colorado - 44
  7. Iowa - 24
  8. Nebraska - 24
  9. Illinois - 15
  10. California - 13

In 2017, students enrolled at JBU from 41 states and 50 foreign countries.

Ethnic Background
Traditional Undergraduate
African American - 24
Asian/Pacific Islander - 22
Caucasian - 1,014
Hispanic/Latino - 86
Not Recorded - 52
Non-U.S. Citizen - 95

Associated Centers

John Brown University has two endowed, associated centers that serve the university, community and the nation by actively addressing two major areas of concern in today’s society: the need for strong marriages and families and the need for ethical business leaders.

The Center for Healthy Relationships
To have a major impact on marriages and families by providing Christ-centered education and intervention.
Executive Director: Dr. Gary J. Oliver, Ph.D.

Soderquist Leadership
To develop and equip world-changing ethical business leaders.


Honors and Recognition

  • JBU is Arkansas’ top ranked regional university according to U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges ranking 2017.
  • The John Brown University Enactus team took second place in the Enactus United State National Exposition in April 2016 propelling past 120 other teams for our best finish ever.
  • JBU business teams placed second and third in the undergraduate division at the 2015 Tri-State Donald W. Reynolds Cup Business Plan Competition.
  • A team of JBU engineering students traveled to Kennedy Space Center in Florida, to participate in the NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition. JBU is one of only a handful of teams that has been a part of the contest since it started. In 2015 the team won the Judges Innovation Award.
  • Recognized as a "Great College to Work For" by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • JBU graduates earn a higher average salary than graduates from every other Arkansas university.

Other Information

JBU’s 200-acre main campus is located in Siloam Springs, Ark. More than 69 percent of the buildings are new or have been renovated in the last 10 years.

Intercollegiate Athletics
JBU is a member of the NAIA Division I and offers the following intercollegiate sports:

  • Men and Women’s Basketball
  • Women’s Cheerleading
  • Men and Women’s Cross Country
  • Men and Women’s Soccer
  • Men and Women’s Tennis
  • Women’s Volleyball

JBU Athletics website

Information on this page was reported according to statistics in September 2016.

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