On-Campus Undergraduate Admissions

Frequently asked questions

Navigating the college decision process can be overwhelming. Explore this page for answers to frequently asked questions about becoming a JBU student.

What are JBU's graduation rates?

Please see the JBU Facts page.

Do I have to live on campus?

Research supports our belief that the residence life experience is a vital part of the student’s development as a whole person (head, heart, hand). Therefore, all unmarried traditional undergraduate students who are enrolled for twelve (12) or more hours of academic credit are required to live in on-campus university housing.

'Those who are 22 years old before the beginning of the semester in which they would live off-campus are eligible to do so without application.

Traditional undergraduate students who are not yet 22 and wish to move off-campus must complete an application process and receive approval from the Student Development office.

Students who wish to live with a parent or an approved relative (i.e. grandparents, aunt & uncle) do not need to complete this process, but must complete the Commuter Notification Form and inform the Director of Residence Life.

Only qualified students should apply to live off-campus. Qualifications are:

  • A cumulative GPA is 2.5 or better
  • The student has lived in on-campus housing for six semesters.
  • Senior transfer students who have lived on campus at another institution and have lived in JBU housing for a minimum of two semesters.
  • Clearance from the Financial Aid Office
  • A clean current disciplinary record

What is JBU's religious affiliation?

While JBU is evangelical, it is not affiliated with a particular denomination. Our interdenominational culture offers a beautiful and unique opportunity for you to broaden your understanding of what it means to follow Christ. JBU is a safe place to ask hard questions, seek truth and grow in love and commitment to Jesus.

Regarding Christian faith, what does JBU believe?

Do I have to be a Christian to attend JBU?

No, while professors and staff must be Christians, students are not required to profess Christian faith.

Does JBU have lifestyle expectations for its students?

Yes, all students must sign and agree to follow the JBU Community Covenant. You may also wish to explore the Student Handbook. Both documents are available on the Student Policies page.

Clear expectations help the members of our community live in unity. Therefore, while students are not required to profess personal Christian faith, choosing to attend JBU means having a sympathetic appreciation for our guiding principles and choosing to abide by our community's expectations.

There are no dress codes, curfews or car restrictions.

Is chapel attendance required?

Chapel is essential to fulfilling John Brown University’s mission of providing Christ-centered higher education to our students. Therefore, attendance is mandatory.

All full-time students (12 hours or more) and residential (on-campus) students are required to attend a minimum of 21 chapels per semester. At least 15 of those must be weekday “regular” chapels (generally Tuesdays and Thursdays). The remaining six (6) requirements may be any combination of regular chapels and/or services that are designated as “additional” chapel events, such as The Gathering (Sunday night student-led chapel) and other forums approved by the Office of Christian Formation.

Is there a dress code or curfew?

No, there is not a dress code or curfew.

Can freshmen bring cars?

Yes, all students at JBU may have cars.

What is the student-to-faculty ratio?


I have food allergies. Can JBU Dining Services accommodate my special dietary needs?

Yes, common food allergens are marked on menu items for your convenience. If you require extra assistance with a special diet, please contact the director of dining services to set up a meeting.

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Are there any immunization requirements?

Yes, the state of Arkansas requires JBU to document that students have received two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella). Learn more about this requirement.