Student Development Office

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

Counseling Center

The college experience often entails emotional as well as intellectual challenges. Developing meaningful relationships, changes in one's family, stress, anxiety, and depression are just a few of the issues facing students. The professional staff in the Counseling Center is available to facilitate students' growth while at JBU. Individual and group therapy, couple counseling, and psycho-educational groups are available to students free of charge.

Counseling sessions are confidential, and appointments are scheduled with discretion and respect for the needs and desires of students. To schedule an appointment or inquire about fees, please call (479) 524-7251 or visit our web site

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) strives to lead the JBU community to become more like Christ throughout all aspects of a student’s education.  For information, call (479) 524-7213.

Graduate Christian Fellowship

Graduate Christian Fellowship (GCF) provides a variety of opportunities for graduate students to nurture their faith together and develop relationships with one another. The program offers monthly fellowship events including, but not limited to: a bowling night, annual Christmas candlelight dinner, Rogers Center Chapel, homecoming events, hayrides, and so much more! Monthly newsletters and devotionals are sent out to keep graduate students up-to-date on GCF activities and announcements. GCF seeks to invest in the spiritual growth of its graduate students as they continue their education. 

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 ensure immediate communication in case of emergency.

Arkansas law of 2009 requires graduate students to provide documentation of one dose of Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) vaccination. 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, MK's 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 intercultural 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 undergraduate 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 college or 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.

Friendship Family Program. This 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.

Resources for Lifestyle

The Walton Lifetime Health Complex (WLHC) offers students the most modern of health and fitness facilities for a complete daily workout. Swimming, jogging, racquetball, weights, aerobics, and team sports are just a few of the activities available to help reduce health risks and improve one's quality of living. The WLHC services are available to all students and their families at no charge. For information, call (479) 524-7303.