Visit FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Whether JBU is your first college visit or you are a senior making your final decision, here are some answers to questions we get from student and parents. If you can't find the information you are looking for, please call us at 479-524-7161

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What health expectations should I be prepared to follow during my visit?

The expectations for visitors include the following: self-screening for illness; personal hygiene; physical distancing; wearing a close-fitting mask; rescheduling your on-campus visit should you come into "close contact" with an infected/positive person within 14 days of your scheduled visit; rescheduling your visit should you be placed under quarantine or isolation when scheduled to be on campus.

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Do I need to wear a mask during my visit?

Yes, all visitors must wear a mask during their time on campus. One will be provided for you if you do not bring your own.

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What if I am not comfortable wearing a mask or have medical issues that make it difficult? Can I still visit campus?

At this time, we ask that you schedule a livestream visit.

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Is physical distancing required on campus?

Yes, members of different households should maintain physical distance of 6 feet in addition to wearing a mask.

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What are the cleaning protocols across campus?

Please visit our Back to Campus FAQs for the most up to date answer to this question.

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I was exposed to COVID-19 but am not sick. Can I still come to campus?

If you have been in "close contact" with an infected/positive person within 14 days of your scheduled visit, you may not visit campus. Please reschedule your visit by calling 479-524-7161.

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When is the best time to visit?

The best way to experience campus is during the semester. Individual Visits are available M-F from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We will arrange your visit around your time frame, but it would be best to plan on spending at least two to three hours on campus. If you would like to attend more than one class, or experience chapel and meet with professors, your visit could be four to six hours.   

We also offer several official Preview Days throughout the fall and spring semester. Preview Days are two day events that offer an overview of JBU in a group setting. A full schedule of events and dates can be found here

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What can I expect during my visit?

JBU offers several kinds of visits. Please see these webpages for more details:

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Which one is better — an Individual Visit or a Preview Day?

It all depends on you! An Individual Visit will allow you to choose your schedule and activities. For seniors who are narrowing down their college choices and want detailed information about specific programs and requirements, you may want to set up an Individual Visit.

For students who are just starting the college process or taking a first look at JBU, a Preview Day is a great place to start. It will give you a good overview of what we have to offer, and we hope it will give you a point of reference as you continue your college search.

We hope that both visit experiences will give you a good taste of who we are and what we have to offer. If you can't decide which experience is best for you, why not try them both? Many students visit more than once. You're welcome to come back as many times as you like. 

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Can I meet with an Admissions Counselor?

Yes! At JBU, we want to get to know you, so all of our campus tours are led by our Admissions Counselors. You will be able to spend time with them as they show you around and answer your questions about campus, our programs and the college process. They can also answer your questions about the application process, financial aid and scholarships. We hope that you will be able to use your Admissions Counselor as a valuable resource as you look at colleges and decide on the best one for you. You can find out more about your Admissions Counselor here

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How far in advance do we need to schedule our visit?

Because your Individual Visit is tailored around you, we prefer to have as much notice as possible to set up your visit — at least 48 hours. The more you want to do while you're here, the more time we need to set everything up. We will be in contact with you as we organize your schedule, so you will know what to expect when you arrive.

Registration for our Preview Days closes on the Thursday prior to each event. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, on campus Preview Days are limited to 24 students. Each student may bring up to one guest. It is best to sign up early to guarantee a spot. 

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Can I spend the night in on campus?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot offer on campus accommodations. View local hotels.

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Do you have accommodations for parents or families?

We are not able to provide accommodations for parents or families, but there are several hotels in Siloam Springs within five minutes of campus. View local hotels.

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Can I talk to someone about scholarships and financial aid?

We understand that paying for college is a big part of the college decision and we are happy to answer any questions you may have. Our Admissions Counselors will take the time to show you the different scholarships you may be eligible to receive and show you how the financial aid process works. If you have specific questions about your financial aid package, the Financial Aid office is located in the Admissions building, and we would be happy to set up a meeting with them for you. 

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What should I wear?

We want you to have a good time while you are here, so casual dress is fine. Comfortable shoes for walking are recommended. Shorts, jeans and t-shirts are the norm around here. The weather in Siloam Springs is relatively moderate, but it would be a good idea to check out the weather before your visit. In the case of rain, we will provide you with umbrellas for your tour. 

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How do I set a meeting with a specific department or office?

If you want to visit with a department or office on campus other than one listed on the Individual Visit registration form, just leave us a note in the "Additional Information" section, and we will do our best to set it up for you.  

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What do I need to bring?

We recommend students and parents bring:

  • nice, casual clothes
  • comfortable shoes
  • a mask (one will be provided if you do not bring your own)

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Can I bring a friend?

Yes, your friend should register for a visit on the same day as you and let us know you are together. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals from different households will need to practice physically distance while on campus. 

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Is there a cost to attend a Preview Day?

There is a fee of $10 per person, but you’ll get a great dinner on Sunday night, breakfast and lunch in the dining hall on Monday and a cool t-shirt. Individual Visits are free.

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How do I get to JBU?  

Driving directions to campus and a campus map can be found on our website. Below is a list of approximate driving times from popular metropolitan centers:

Dallas/Ft. Worth

 5 hours                                                                          

Wichita

 4 hours

Kansas City

 3.5 hours

Little Rock

 3 hours

Tulsa

 90 minutes

Joplin

 90 minutes

Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville

 30-45 minutes


Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) is 30 minutes from campus and Tulsa International Airport (TUL) is approximately 80 minutes from campus. 

If you are coming for an Personal Visit, you will want to start your day at the Admissions Office. We will have a parking spot reserved for you. If you are coming for a Preview Day, check-in will be in the Simmons Great Hall. 

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