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Academics Excellence

JBU's Rankings & Distinctions

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” – Aristotle

JBU students are recognized around the world for their academic excellence while studying at JBU and after graduation. We are pleased to share just a few examples of the long heritage of academic excellence at JBU.


JBU's Top Ranking among US Colleges
and Universities

JBU ranked first in Best Value among southern regional colleges in the “U.S. News and World Report: America’s Best Colleges” in 2013. For the past six years, JBU has been ranked consistently in the top four.

Impressive Freshmen Credentials

JBU’s incoming freshman class of the 2011-12 school year maintained a 3.56 average high school grade point average. The freshmen also averaged 25.2 on the ACT and held an 1160 average for the SAT.

Outstanding Faculty

Over 75 percent of JBU fulltime faculty hold a Ph.D. or the appropriate terminal degree for their field. JBU Faculty have received their degrees from Vanderbilt University, Dartmouth University, Oxford University, Purdue University, Wheaton College, Princeton University, University of California, Berkeley, Talbot School of Theology, Harvard University, Fuller Theological Seminary, Stanford University, Loyola University and Auburn University.

Nationally Recognized Honors Students

Every year, JBU honors students have the opportunity to present their research at nationally recognized research conferences across the country. In the 2010-11 school year alone, approximately 50 students submitted and presented their work regionally and nationally.

High Graduation

JBU has one of the highest graduation rates among colleges and universities in the state of Arkansas, with 61 percent of students who enter the university graduating within six years.

Students' Graduate Work

Many JBU students continue their education as they pursue masters and terminal degrees. Currently, seven JBU seniors (2010) are attending division-I research universities like Oxford, Princeton, University of Chicago, St. Louis University, Northeastern University, Georgia Tech and University of Michigan. Also, eight of John Brown alumni are studying medicine at universities like Saba University School of Medicine (Saba, Netherlands-Antilles), UT-Southwestern, St. George University School of Medine (Granada, West Indes), Wichita State University, Ross University School of Medicine (Dominica, West Indes), William Jewel College and Southwest Baptist University.


JBU students are both nationally and internationally recognized for their academic excellence:

Kevin Leon wins Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Dr. Ed Ericson, vice president of academic affairs, congratulates Kevin Leon on his selection for the Truman award. JBU junior Kevin Leon has been selected to receive the $30,000 Harry S. Truman Scholarship for College Students Who Want to Make a Difference. He is the first student from John Brown University to receive the award.

Each applicant had to identify an issue in society and propose a solution. Kevin identified the need to address the national drop-out rate of Hispanic students.

Kevin is a Psychology and Theology major with a minor in Spanish. He is the first in his family to attend college. He will graduate in May of 2012 and plans to attend graduate school at John Brown University or the University of Arkansas.







Nasa Invites JBU students to Kennedy Space Center

NASA Senior Design TeamJBU was one of only 20 university teams invited to compete in the NASA Senior Design Project. Four engineering seniors (Chris Keathley, James Netherland, Mitch McKinnis, and Thomas Congdon) travelled to Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the Inaugural Lunabotics Mining Competition in 2010.





 Katie Sesler Studies Engineering in Saudi Arabia

Katie SeslerKatie Sesler received a Discovery Scholarship from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia — one of the highest national honors for students graduating in Engineering.








JBU Business Students Win Third Place for Business Plan Proposal

InGovernor's Cup Award Recipients 2010, JBU submitted six business plans
to the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup. For this particular competition, 80 business plans were submitted from universities across the county. Four of the 12 semifinalists were JBU business plans. One of the mentioned four plans, Fore Your Swing, won third place.







JBU Student Newspaper Recognized Statewide

Threefold Advocate teamIn 2010, JBU’s student newspaper, The Threefold Advocate, was named the “Best Student Newspaper in the state of Arkansas” by the Arkansas College Media Association and won an Award of Excellence from the Evangelical Press Association.








 JBU Seniors Awarded Third Place Prize for Senior Design Project

Ryan Helmer earning 3rd place in the AbilityOne Network Design ChallengeCongratulations go to Ryan Helmer and Drew Thomason for earning Third place in the AbilityOne Network Design Challenge, a national design competition for developing assistive devices for people with disabilities. This accomplishment includes a $3,000 cash prize to the students and $3,000 to the school and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C. to present their solution and be honored at a congressional reception. Ryan and Drew entered this competition through their course work in Senior Design I, Senior Design II and Honors Capstone. They beat out teams from University of North Carolina and California Polytechnic among others.