Start Your Journey at JBU

Learn more about enrolling in JBU's online undergraduate program.

The admissions process

Explore the programs

Explore your degree options OR fill out a request for information form. After filling out the form, an admissions counselor will schedule a call with you to learn more about your goals and answer any questions you have

Apply online

After you finish your application, your assigned admissions counselor will stay in contact as we review your application, such as test scores and any prior college credit.

Register for classes

Once your application is accepted, you're ready to register for classes. Set up a call with your advisor to plan your classes.

Important student information

Non-degree students

Students wishing to enroll at the university without pursuing a degree should indicate this on the application form. Applicants may be asked to submit additional academic information, such as transcripts and test scores (ACT or SAT). Credit earned as a non-degree student may count toward a degree only after students reapply and are accepted for admission under regular student status. The reapplication process will include all relevant transcripts and applicable test scores.

Transferring credit

We understand that transferring credits can seem overwhelming. With a free tool called Transferology, you can get an initial look at how your credits might transfer. Or our admissions staff can help you with a free unofficial transcript review to help you determine how your credits will transfer and a plan for finishing your degree. 

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Non-traditional credit options

In addition to taking elective courses, there are several ways students can earn credit toward a JBU Online Undergraduate bachelor's degree. This means you may be able to earn your degree sooner, reducing your overall cost of tuition. Some of JBU's non-traditional credit options include:

  • CLEP Exams
  • DSST Exams
  • Military Training
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Police Training
  • Professional training

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Community college transfers

JBU has transfer agreements with several community colleges to make transferring credit a breeze. If you don't see your college listed, no worries! Your admissions counselor will work with you to see how your college credits will transfer.

Find your school

Requesting transcripts

We've done a little research to help you request transcripts from the colleges you've previously attended. We've curated a list of links that may be helpful.

Resources for requesting transcripts

Military & veterans admissions

Active military and veterans looking to earn their bachelor's degrees through JBU Online may receive college credit for their military training and occupational specialties. 

Learn more

How to apply

First-time freshman

To be admitted with regular freshman status, an applicant must have a degree-bearing high school transcript with a GPA of 2.5 or above or GED and one of the following qualifying entrance exam scores:

  • Composite score of 20 or higher on the ACT
  • Score of 1020 or higher on the SAT (950 for test prior to March 1, 2016)
  • Score of 66 or higher on the CLT

If you haven't taken an entrance exam, please contact us about your options or learn about our test-optional admissions process

Transfer students

To be admitted as a transfer student, an applicant must have been enrolled in college for at least one semester following high school graduation and meet one of the following criteria: 

  • College transcript(s) showing 6 to 24 transferable credit hours with a GPA of 2.5 or above
  • College transcript(s) showing 25 to 84 transferable credit hours with a GPA of 2.0 or above

Any transfer student with fewer than 6 transferable hours see standard first-time freshman admission requirements.

For more information, please see the Transfer Admissions page.

Online undergraduate admissions process
    • If you are a first-time freshman applicant, request an official high school transcript to be sent to John Brown University as well as official entrance exam scores.
    • If applying as a transfer student, request official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended (even if you did not receive credit).
      • Transcripts should be sent electronically to You may use JBU's Transcript Request Form or visit our transcript request links for assistance. If your university or institution only mails transcripts, it must be mailed from the university or institution directly to JBU's Office of the Registrar, 2000 W. University Street, Siloam Springs, AR 72761. 
  • 2. Schedule a call with your admissions counselor
  • 3. File your FAFSA

Non-Discrimination Policy

JBU affirms the biblical truth that all people are created in the image of God and should be treated with dignity and respect. In keeping with that commitment, JBU aspires to be an authentically diverse community where people can flourish and grow in keeping with God’s design for their lives. In that context, JBU does not unlawfully discriminate based on race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, military status, or age in the administration of its educational policies, admissions, financial aid, employment, educational programs, or activities. JBU is committed to preserving human dignity and is particularly concerned about harassment, whether sexual, racial, ethnic, or any other type.
 As a Christ-centered, religious institution, JBU retains the right to make employment, admission, and educational decisions based on an individual’s religious beliefs and conduct consistent with the JBU’s Statement of Faith, Employee Expectations, Student Community Covenant, and other university policies. In general, JBU opposes discrimination, harassment and retaliation as stated in this Policy, but it is also exempt from certain state and federal anti-discrimination laws due to its status as a religious non-profit corporation and its constitutional right to act in accordance with its religious beliefs. Nothing in this policy is intended, nor should it be construed, to waive JBU’s rights to those exemptions or legal defenses, or of JBU’s right to make and enforce policies in furtherance of its religious beliefs.

The future you starts at JBU.

Equip yourself for a successful career and a life of purpose.