John Brown University, founded in Northwest Arkansas in 1919, serves over 2,200 students from 39 nations and 40 states. JBU is a Christian university committed to providing quality academics within a distinctly Christian community. The university has no denominational affiliation and admits students of any faith. JBU is a vibrant and growing independent Christian university of the arts, sciences, and professions.
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To provide Christ-centered education that prepares people to honor God and serve others by developing their intellectual, spiritual, and professional lives.
John Brown University
2000 West University Street
Siloam Springs, AR 72761
(479) 524 - 9500
John Brown University is accredited by:
- Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org, (312) 263-0456
- National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), www.ncate.org, (202) 466-7496
- American Council for Construction Education (ACCE), www.acce-hq.org, (210) 495-6161
John Brown University is approved by:
- Arkansas State Department of Education for the preparation of teachers and school counselors for the public schools of Arkansas
- Arkansas State Board of Examiners to meet the core course requirements for licensure of all counseling programs
- Veterans Administration of the education of former military personnel
John Brown University is a member of:
- The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU)
- Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities (AICU)
- Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
- Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
Undergraduate Majors - 45
Undergraduate Minors - 51
Graduate Degree Programs - 9
Top 5 Undergraduate Programs By Enrollment
- Engineering - 122
- Graphic and Web Design - 99
- Family and Human Services - 80
- Business Administration - 77
- Early Childhood Education - 74
- Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed. (beginning Fall 2012)
- Community Counseling, M.S.
- Global Continuous Improvement, MBA (Walmart associates only)
- International Business, MBA
- Leadership and Ethics, MBA
- Leadership and Ethics, M.S.
- Leadership and Higher Education, M.S.
- Marriage and Family Therapy, M.S.
- School Counseling, M.S.
Associate's Degree Programs
- Construction Management
- Electromechanical Technology
- General education
- Interdisciplinary Studies
- Public Relations
Undergraduate and Graduate Faculty
Full-time - 84
Adjunct - 72
Total = 156
76% of the full-time faculty hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree.
Student/Faculty Ratio – 14:1
Degrees Awarded July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012
Undergraduate - 455
Graduate - 157
Average Class Size: 20
Honors Scholars Program
JBU’s Honor Scholars Program promotes academic excellence in a community of highly motivated student scholars and faculty mentors. With a curriculum based in the Great Books, the honors program features a hands-on learning experience in addition to challenging coursework. JBU’s program has been a model for other Honors Scholars Programs worldwide.
Degree Completion Program
The Degree Completion Program allows working adults with prior college credit to complete their bachelor’s degree in organizational management, business administration or early childhood education. The program has educational centers in Fort Smith and Rogers, Arkansas. Classes are also held in locations throughout the Northwest Arkansas region.
The graduate program allows working adults to complete their master’s degrees by attending classes in the evenings. JBU offers graduate programs in the areas of Business, Counseling, and Ministry. Classes are conveniently located in Rogers, Fort Smith, and Siloam Springs (counseling programs only).
2012 Enrollment - Total - 2,215
- Traditional Undergraduate - 1,314
- Degree Completion Program - 465
- Graduate - 436
New Undergraduate Full-Time Student Enrollment - Total - 380
84% of fall 2011 full-time, first-time freshmen re-enrolled for fall 2012.
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Average high school GPA of entering freshmen
3.59 (Based on a 4.0 scale)
Average ACT score of entering freshmen
Average SAT scores of entering freshmen
Men - 606
Women - 711
Degree Completion Program
Men - 178
Women - 275
Men - 164
Women - 242
Number of Resident Students
Traditional Undergraduate - 925
Undergraduate Student Population
Top Ten States:
- Arkansas - 458
- Texas - 168
- Oklahoma - 107
- Missouri - 83
- Kansas - 81
- Colorado - 67
- Illinois - 28
- Iowa - 27
- California - 26
- Nebraska - 17
In 2012, students enrolled at JBU from 40 states and 39 foreign countries.
African American - 25
Asian/Pacific Islander - 8
Caucasian - 1,046
Hispanic - 105
Not Recorded - 3
Non-U.S. Citizen - 114
John Brown University has two endowed, associated centers that serve the university, community, and the nation by actively addressing two major areas of concern in today’s society: the need for strong marriages and families and the need for ethical business leaders.
The Center for Relationship Enrichment
To have a major impact on marriages and families by providing Christ-centered education and intervention.
Executive Director: Dr. Gary J. Oliver, Ph.D.
The Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics
To develop and equip world-changing ethical business leaders.
- Dr. Charles Pollard - President
- Dr. Steve Beers - VP for Student Development
- Mr. Don Crandall - VP for Enrollment Management
- Dr. Ed Ericson III - VP for Academic Affairs
- Ms. Kim Hadley - VP for Finance and Administration
- Dr. James Krall - VP of University Advancement
- Dr. Richard Ellis - Dean of the Graduate School
- Dr. Rob Norwood - Dean of Undergraduate Studies
- Ms. Susan DeWoody – Dean of Degree Completion
Honors and Recognition
- U.S. News & World Report’s-ranked second and top value in the Southern Region.
- The John Brown University business teams swept the undergraduate division at the 2012 Tri-State Donald W. Reynolds Cup Business Plan Competition held in Las Vegas, Nev. JBU teams were awarded a total of $52,000 in cash prizes.
- For the third year in a row JBU was one of only a handful of universities invited to compete in the NASA Senior Design Project. The team travelled to Kennedy Space Center, Florida to participate in the Lunabotics Mining Competition.
JBU’s 200-acre main campus is located in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. More than 60 percent of the buildings are new or have been renovated in the last 10 years.
JBU is a member of the NAIA Division I and offers the following intercollegiate sports:
- Men and Women’s Basketball
- Men and Women’s Cheerleading
- Men and Women’s Cross Country
- Men's Golf
- Men and Women’s Soccer
- Men and Women’s Tennis
- Women’s Volleyball
Information on this page was reported according to statistics in September 2012.