Applying to JBU
As a Home-Educated Student
We know that home-educated students often do not have the same opportunities for college and financial aid counseling as their peers in public and private schools.
Our experienced admissions and financial aid staff are here to help you navigate the entire college enrollment process. Please connect with your admissions counselor if you need help with transcripts, the FAFSA, or anything else. They would love to be of assistance.
Applying to JBU is quick and easy. Fill out the online application, send in your transcripts and other materials, and you'll receive an admission decision within as little as three business days!
JBU is test-optional and considers all applicants for admission. Assured admission is offered to students with a 2.5 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and either a 20 ACT, 1020 SAT or 66 CLT score. The following high-school-level courses should have also been taken:
None. JBU makes admission decisions on a rolling basis (students are notified of their admission throughout the year). However, there are important dates to keep in mind, especially if you're interested in the benefits of the Early Commit Track.
$25 for domestic and international students. Request an application fee waiver.
Start-to-finish, the application takes less than 15 minutes!
Send JBU a homeschool transcript that includes at least six semesters of grades. Your transcript must also include a parent's signature.
JBU prefers to receive homeschool transcripts via email to email@example.com. JBU can also receive transcripts via postal mail to:
John Brown University
Attn: Admissions Office
2000 W University St
Siloam Springs, AR 72761
A final transcript must be submitted upon completion of high school.
While JBU's admission process is test-optional, consideration of your ACT, SAT or CLT scores may benefit you. Review our test-optional guide for more information.
If you want JBU to consider your test scores and they are not included on your high school transcript, request that your test provider send JBU your official score report(s).
While JBU will calculate and use a superscore for academic scholarship consideration, we will not consider your superscore as part of your admission decision.
Depending on your GPA and test scores (should you submit them), you may be asked to supply other materials such as references. Use your applicant portal to find and upload requested materials.
In most cases, you'll receive an admission decision and your academic scholarship award within three days of completing your application!
You'll need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for federal financial aid, including federal student loans and work-study. It is also required for certain state scholarships, such as the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship, and JBU uses your results to offer its own need-based aid.
To send your results to JBU, add JBU (federal code 001100) to your FAFSA form on the School Selection page.
JBU begins sending financial aid offers to newly admitted students as early as October! You will be notified when your offer is ready and may use your applicant portal to review and accept it.
Let's make things official! If you're JBU bound, submit an enrollment deposit to hold your spot in the incoming class! The earlier you submit your deposit, the higher priority you'll have for housing placement (if applicable) and class registration.
If you've taken any concurrent (dual enrollment) courses or AP, CLEP, or IB exams, be sure to send official reports to JBU so that we can consider them for credit!
|Oct. 1||FAFSA opens|
|Oct. 2||Financial aid awarding begins|
|Nov. 1||Deadline to complete your application file for consideration for an invitation to the Fall Scholarship Competition|
|Dec. 1||Deadline to apply and be eligible to participate in the Early Commit Track|
|Jan. 15||Deadline to commit to JBU as part of the Early Commit Track|
|Jan. 25||Deadline to complete your application file for consideration for an invitation to the Spring Scholarship Competition|
|May 1||Priority enrollment deposit deadline|
|Jun. 10||Eagle Base Camp|
|Aug. 16||New Student Move-In Day|
|Aug. 16–20||New Student Orientation|
|Aug. 21||First day of classes|