Admission Requirements & FAQ

Frequently asked questions

For admission, we require a 2.5 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and either a 20 ACT, 1020 SAT or 66 CLT score. We do not score the writing portions of these tests.

We also offer Test Optional Admission for Fall 2020 and Fall 2021 students whose ability to take standardized tests has been impacted by COVID-19.

If you are a transfer student, please see the Transfer Admissions page for your unique admission requirements.

We have a rolling application deadline for the fall semester. If you're applying for the spring semester, the deadline is December 1.

We do not use a superscore (taking the best scores if students take the ACT or SAT multiple times) for acceptance. However, once accepted, we will calculate your superscore for academic scholarships.

The JBU Admissions Process

$250 Fast File Scholarship

Students who send in the required documents (official transcript and score report) within two weeks of submitting their application will receive a one-time "Fast File" scholarship for $250. It's our way of saying thanks for being so prompt. Students who apply during the summer months will have until September 1 to submit their documents to account for school offices being closed during the summer.

Will my college credit transfer to JBU?

Transferology is a free tool that will tell you exactly how your concurrent credit will transfer to JBU.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are your graduation rates?

Read our Student-Right-to-Know page for details.

What scholarships do I qualify for?

Head to our scholarships and grants page.

How do I apply for scholarships?

We use your official high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores to award scholarships (no scholarship application needed). Also, check to see if you qualify to compete for our top scholarships.

Can freshmen bring cars?

Yes, but you might be parking in "freshman parking," which means out in the boonies.

How do I choose a roommate?

You can either request a roommate ahead of time or fill out the lifestyle info form and let us decide.

What should I bring?

Click here for a list of what to bring.

Will I have my own internet connection?

Wireless internet is available in all dorms, buildings and public spaces. To learn more, Read our Information Technology Services FAQ.

How many students attend JBU?

Currently there are over 1300 undergrad (932 on campus), over 600 graduate students, over 200 Online Degree Completion Students, and several hundred students who take college credit through JBU while in high school, totaling a student population of over 2,600.

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

They certainly can. For more information, please see our nutrition and wellness page.

What are some lifestyle expectations for students?

John Brown University is Christian and its influence has a clear connection and reliance on a strong “campus community.” Clear expectations help the members of the community live in unity. Therefore, while students are not required to profess personal Christian faith, making the choice to attend JBU means having a sympathetic appreciation for our guiding principles and choosing to abide by our community expectations. There are four core principles (Scripture, Integrity, Uniqueness, and Community) that serve as guides. You can find out more about them by heading over to Student Development and reading the Community Covenant and Student Handbook.

There are no dress codes, curfews or car restrictions on campus.

Student to Faculty ratio?

14 to 1

Can I study abroad?

Visit our Study Abroad page for more information.

Chapel requirements?

Chapel is three times a week on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. That makes around 45 chapels a semester; you are required to attend twenty-one of them each semester.

Who was John Brown?

JBU is named after John E. Brown Sr., a Christian evangelist, radio broadcaster and entrepreneur.
John Brown wanted to provide Christian education for students who could not afford college. Our commitment to students in need and a quality Christian education still remains strong.

What is our religious affiliation?

Because JBU is an interdenominational university, our students come from many different backgrounds, predominately Baptist, Bible and Presbyterian affiliations.

Do you accept AP and CLEP scores?

Yes, we accept both. A score of a three on the AP exam will count for one class, a four or five will usually count for two classes. More on AP Credit and CLEP testing.

How safe is campus?

We have campus security officers who are on campus 24 hours a day, and our local police department regularly patrol campus. Read more about safety on JBU's campus

FAQs for Transfer Students

FAQs for International Students