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 1-877-528-4636. 

When is the best time to visit?

The best way to experience campus is when classes are in session. Campus 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 Visit Days throughout the fall and spring semester. Visit Days begin on Sunday evening and allow you to spend the night on campus, experience The Gathering (our student-led chapel service) and then attend classes, meet with professors and hear from President Pollard on Monday. A full schedule of events and the remaining dates can be found here

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What can I expect during my visit?

For a Personal Visit, we will plan your visit around your schedule, preference and needs. You will be able to see campus on a tour with your Admissions Counselor, sit in a class or two, meet with a professor in your chosen discipline, have lunch with a current student in our dining hall and even try out for the music department or work out with an athletic team. You are also welcome to join us for chapel if you visit on a Tuesday or Thursday. Your Admissions counselor will also be able to answer your questions about the application process, scholarships and financial aid. Your schedule is up to you and we will work with you to make sure you see and do everything you want. As you fill out the Visit Request form, let us know if there is anything that you don't see as an option, and we will see what we can do for you.

For our Preview Days, you will begin your experience with dinner on Sunday evening with the Admissions staff and your Ambassador host, followed by The Gathering, our student-led chapel service. You can also spend the night in the dorms. On Monday, there are several activities, including selected class visits, a campus tour, a Majors Fair, lunch with professors, and sessions on Financial Aid and Residence Life for parents. President Pollard will also be available to tell you a little about JBU and answer questions. A more detailed schedule for our Visit Days can be found here

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Which one is better — a Personal Visit or a Preview Day?

It all depends on you! A Personal 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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What are classes like? Can my parents join me?

Visiting a class is one of the best ways to experience JBU. When you fill out the Visit Request form, you will be able to pick up to two classes to visit. We will make every effort to get you into your preferred classes, but sometimes tests or unforeseen circumstances might prevent us from getting you into a specific class. As we set up your visit, we will work with you to look at other options. Most of our Natural Science and Engineering labs are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays and are not available for visits. If you would like to attend a class in either of these disciplines, it is recommended you visit on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.  

Parents are welcome to join students in class, and professors are happy to answer any questions after class if they have time. If you have specific questions, or would like more time with a professor, we can set up a 30 minute time with a professor. 

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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 Personal 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. In the event that we have an exceptionally large response, we may need to limit the number of spots available for students to spend the night on campus. It is best to sign up early to guarantee a spot. 

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Can I spend the night in the dorms?

Yes! This is a great way to experience what it's like to live at JBU. We offer overnight visits Monday-Thursday evenings for current juniors and seniors in high school and transfer students. You will be paired with a JBU Ambassador student who will take you to dinner, show you around the dorms and host you for the evening. If you know someone at JBU and have made arrangements to stay with them, just let us know on the Visit Request form. We aren't able to guarantee an extra bed for every guest, so it would be best to bring a pillow and sleeping bag for your stay. 

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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. Many of our guests stay at the Hampton Inn or Best Western. Both of these hotels offer discounts if you mention you are visiting JBU. A complete list of local accommodations can be found here.   

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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. 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 Visit Request 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?

If you will be spending the night on campus, plan on bringing a sleeping bag, pillow, towel and toiletries. You never know when you might be invited for a game of ultimate Frisbee or sand volleyball, so some athletic apparel might also be a good idea. The JBU bookstore and California Cafe will also be open if you would like to bring some cash to purchase some JBU apparel or snacks.  

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Can I bring a friend?

Absolutely! We encourage you to bring a friend and will reimburse you for gas if you bring four or more students in the same vehicle. Each student must register individually and mention that you are coming together.  

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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                                                                          


 4 hours

Kansas City

 3.5 hours

Little Rock

 3 hours


 90 minutes


 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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