We understand that a standardized test is not the only predictor of academic success. That's why JBU's test-optional admission process provides you with a route to admission based on your writing ability, high school GPA and references.
While JBU's admission process is test-optional, consideration of your ACT, SAT or CLT scores may benefit you. At the same time, submitting test scores to JBU will never negatively affect your application or financial aid. JBU will only consider your test scores if they benefit you.
JBU will consider your high school GPA and superscore for the ACT, SAT and CLT (should you submit them) to determine your eligibility for an academic scholarship. We will use the option that gives you the highest scholarship. Review JBU's academic scholarship criteria for more information.
Start-to-finish, the application takes less than 15 minutes! When asked if you want JBU to consider your test scores, choose "no".
Work with your high school to provide JBU with an official high school transcript that includes at least six semesters of grades.
JBU prefers to receive transcripts electronically via:
JBU will also accept transcripts sent via email to email@example.com or postal mail to:
John Brown University
Attn: Admissions Office
2000 W University St
Siloam Springs, AR 72761
Final official transcripts must be submitted upon completion of high school.
Note: Home-educated students and international students have special requirements for high school transcripts.
If your GPA is lower than 3.0, we will request additional materials. You will be notified of these requirements in your applicant portal. If have at least a 20 ACT, 1020 SAT or 66 CLT and choose to submit your scores, you will be offered assured admission. Otherwise, you will be considered for admission based on your GPA, writing sample and references.
In most cases, you'll receive an admission decision and your academic scholarship award within three days of completing your application!
International students with a transcript from a high school that is accredited in the U.S may qualify for admission without submitting test scores. Please contact the admissions counselor for international students for more information.
Yes and no. You may add test scores to your application file up until you accept your financial aid offer. Once you have accepted your offer, JBU will not review test scores added to your file.
If you apply without test scores, you may be eligible to receive academic scholarships, need-based scholarships, work-study, and federal loans and grants. The FAFSA is required to receive need-based aid, work-study, and federal financial aid. Please see JBU's scholarship page for more information.
In order to place you in appropriate math and English courses, JBU needs a standardized test score to review. If you want to be considered for admission and financial aid without test scores, you may still submit test scores to satisfy the course placement requirement without them influencing your admission decision or financial aid. If you do not submit any test scores, JBU will require you to take placement tests in English and math.