Student Development Office

Student Opportunities for Service, Leadership, Professional Development, and Personal Growth

Counseling Services

(JBU) Subsidized Counseling for Degree Completion Students

Students who are currently enrolled full-time in degree completion classes are eligible to receive JBU-subsidized counseling services at counseling practices that have agreements with JBU in place. Counseling is for the purpose of helping the students work through personal concerns that might otherwise make continuing their education more of a challenge. For information, email Missy Swyers at

Career Development Center

The staff at the Career Development Center (CDC) is concerned with providing a comprehensive career development program for the students of John Brown University.

Students have the opportunity to develop self-understanding through the resources available at the center. Students may participate in individual counseling, personality inventories, and computer-aided guidance programs. The varied resources in the CDC library can be helpful to students in any stage of career planning by helping them understand personal strengths, make wise decisions about majors, and begin to explore career alternatives.

The center also serves as a link between college and the world of work through providing regular workshops on job search skills and strategies. The annual Career Fair brings employers and graduate school representatives to campus to increase awareness and provide information related to future career and graduate education. The CDC also provides information about graduate schools, graduate entrance test materials, job vacancy notices, occupational profiles and descriptions, and potential employers. For assistance, call (479) 524-7282.

Office of Christian Formation

The Office of Christian Formation (OCF) exists to lead the JBU community to become more like Christ through discipleship, corporate worship, and outreach. Within OCF are two primary divisions related to JBU students: Chapel and Student Ministries. For information, call (479) 524-7213.


The Degree Completion Programs' Chaplain serves JBU's adult learner population through pastoral presence and prayer. The Chaplain writes a monthly devotion and receives and prays for any prayer requests given on behalf of the students. In these and a variety of other ways, the Chaplain supports the mission of John Brown University, fostering the spiritual growth of its adult degree completion students, giving emotional support and assistance when needed.

Health Services

At the Health Services Office located in the Walker Student Center on the main campus, a registered nurse is available weekdays for screening acute illnesses and injuries, as well as offering advice for everyday health problems. The nurse works closely with area doctors whose offices are within walking distance of the Siloam Springs campus. Equipment such as crutches and humidifiers can be checked out for short term use.

In order to offer complete care, it is important that the Health Services office have on file all student medical records pertaining to pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, and malaria. Also, regular updates of family telephone numbers on the JBU web site ensures immediate communication in case of emergency.

Arkansas law of 2009 requires documentation of two doses of Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccination for all incoming freshmen and foreign-born students.  Students enrolled only in online courses or those born prior to 1957 are exempt from this requirement. To receive an application for any exemption, contact the Arkansas Department of Health at (501) 661-2169. You can receive the MMR vaccine on campus.

Arkansas law regarding Act 96 of 1913 requires all incoming students who were born or have lived for longer than six months in countries where Tuberculosis is endemic to show documentation of a TB skin test administered in the U.S. within six months of classes beginning.

International Programs Department

The International Programs Department (IPD) serves the needs of international students including Walton Scholars, MKs, and third culture students. The office also offers assistance with international student orientation, immigration regulations, and international education opportunities. IPD sponsors social and cultural activities to promote intercultural awareness and understanding among the entire JBU community.

Mission Statement: The International Programs Department of John Brown University supports students, faculty, and staff who will benefit from and contribute to the multicultural environment of JBU.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. IPD assists students, faculty, and staff in obtaining and maintaining the proper immigration status. Workshops are conducted on immigration, employment, and U.S. tax issues.

Walton International Scholarship Programs.  The Walton International Scholarship Program (WISP) awards 60 annual scholarships to students from Central America and Mexico. IPD attentively seeks to ensure growth and long-term success for its WISP scholars.

International Education. IPD administers, in conjunction with the academic division, our Semester in Ireland Studies Program, and a variety of JBU international summer studies programs.  IPD also links students with international and domestic studies opportunities offered through the Council of Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU). Short-term international mission teams are coordinated by the Office of Christian Formation in partnership with the IPD.

The Friendship Family Program connects international students with a host family who will help in the adjustment process and contributes to students' success by providing care and support.

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