Who We Are

JBU's Mission, History and Heart

John Brown University's mission is to provide Christ-centered education that prepares people to honor God and serve others by developing their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.

We are 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.

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. 

John Brown University 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.

Traditional Undergraduate

Nearly 1,400 students are enrolled in one of JBU's 41 traditional undergraduate programs where we are committed to providing them with an academically-challenging educational experience. In the last few years, JBU's academic programs have been recognized with research and other grant awards from organizations like NASA, the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. JBU has one of the highest graduation rates in the South among Southern Regional Colleges, according to U.S. News and World Report. 

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