Home Educated Students

Our experienced admissions and financial aid staff are a valuable resource for you, especially since you probably won't have a high school guidance counselor to turn to. Staff at John Brown University can walk you through the process of applying to college and financial aid.

JBU provides the ideal environment for home educated students. Our students choose us for these reasons:

  • Dynamic chapel program, mission trips, student-run ministries
  • Selected by Templeton Foundation as a Character-Building College
  • Faculty and staff focus on integration of faith, learning, and living
  • 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Nationally recognized Honors Scholars Program
  • Tuition rates less than national private school average
  • Less average debt per borrower than public schools
  • Work-study and internship opportunities
  • Multiple study abroad opportunities
  • Career Development Center offers preparation and support
  • Christian counseling staff available for students on individual basis

Our pledge to you 

Home-educated students may not have the same opportunities available to them for college counseling (how to apply to colleges, visiting campuses, etc.) and financial aid counseling (how to apply for financial aid, forms, deadlines, etc.) as public school applicants may have in their high schools.

For this reason, we offer you the resources of our Admissions and Financial Aid offices. Our counselors are experienced and love to help.

Please feel free to ask us anything you like about applying to college or financial aid.


The Process

You must send us the following items:

  1. A completed application.
  2. Home education transcript. Include other high school or college transcripts if applicable.
  3. ACT, SAT or CLT score reports.

Admissions Deadline

Early application is encouraged, especially for those applying for academic scholarships. Housing is limited, and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Admissions Requirements

Our desire is to admit students who show potential for academic, social, and spiritual growth and development.

Qualified applicants must have an ACT score of 20 or a new SAT score of 1020 or better, and have a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. The following high school level courses should have also been taken: 

  • English – 4 units
  • Natural Science – 2 units (at least one laboratory)
  • Mathematics – 3 units (4 units for engineering majors)
  • Social Studies – 2 units
  • American History – 1 unit
  • Foreign Language – 2 units are recommended