John Brown University Overview

John Brown University's rich history began with enthusiastic author, educator, radio broadcaster, and evangelist, John E. Brown, who recognized the need for an academic institution that would prepare young people to serve Christ. In 1919, with a goal of educating the "Head, Heart, and Hand," John Brown laid the foundation for the institution that would later be called John Brown University. The vision of JBU has been carried through its ninety-four year history by the leadership of the founder, his son, John Brown Jr., his grandson, John Brown III, and Presidents George Ford, Lee Balzer, and now Charles Pollard.

Head: The university offers an education based on a liberal arts core curriculum and 44 undergraduate majors. Also available at JBU are academic opportunities for professionals and graduates. The JBU Degree Completion Program, originally named “The Advance Program,” was established in 1993 to meet the needs of working adults and allows them to complete their undergraduate degree. In 1995, JBU began offering graduate classes.  The Graduate School offers master's degrees in Business, Counseling and Education.

Heart: Since its founding, JBU has sought to nourish the spiritual life of its students. Professors and students work together to integrate a Christian worldview with their understanding and practice of academic disciplines. Professors and staff also make themselves available to guide and mentor students in the faith.

Within the JBU community there are a variety of opportunities for students to deepen and live out their faith. Chapel services are held three times a week and feature dynamic worship and gifted guest speakers. A wide variety of ministry opportunities are offered to students through the Office of Christian Formation.

Hand: Students also gain valuable professional and personal life-skills that equip them to serve in business, education, industry, the arts, and a variety of other fields. Students and graduates are encouraged to integrate faith in the workplace and in every area of their lives.

While the scope of JBU's mission has grown over the last 94 years, the central direction of that mission has remained the same: "Christ Over All."


John Brown University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, ncahlc.org, (800) 621-7440, and is approved by the Arkansas State Department of Education (ADE).   The education preparation programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  On July 1, 2013, NCATE consolidated with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and formed the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) as the new accrediting body for educator preparation http://caepnet.org, (202) 223-0077.

All business degree programs of the College of Business are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), acbsp.org, (913) 339-9356. The United States Department of Justice has approved John Brown University for the education of foreign students.

Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

John Brown University is a charter member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), a resource- and information-sharing association of 118 Christ-centered colleges and universities of the liberal arts and sciences. Member schools, which must be accredited four-year institutions, are committed to maintaining the highest academic standards within an environment which fosters moral and spiritual development in individuals and communities. Incorporated in 1982, the CCCU includes schools representing more than 30 denominations and offers numerous interchange programs in academics and assessment. Headquarters are at 329 Eighth Street NE, Washington, DC 20002, cccu.org, (202) 546-8913.


Located in one of the fastest growing areas in the nation, John Brown University is an interdenominational Christian university offering 50 major fields of study. JBU faculty and staff work to provide a tremendous number of experiential learning opportunities for students, in and out of the classroom, that develop the head, heart, and hand. John Brown University's main campus is located in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Educational Centers are located in key metropolitan areas of Arkansas: Fort Smith, Little Rock, and Rogers.

The Student Body

The student body of John Brown University consists of approximately 2,220 students including over 500 graduate students.


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