Frequently Asked Questions
A Few Things You Need to Know
What are JBU's admissions requirements?
2.5 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and either an ACT score of 20 or an SAT score of 950.
As soon as you apply we will need an ACT or SAT score (we do not score the writing portions of these tests), and a high school transcript.
Do you have an application deadline?
Yes. For Spring, December 1.
What majors do you offer?
Click here for a list of majors.
How much does JBU cost?
See our Costs page.
What are your graduation rates?
Read our Student-Right-to-Know page for details.
What activities are offered?
Intramural sports, Cause ministries, Mock Rock, Passion groups, SGA (more about student clubs and organizations.)
Where can I live?
Residence Halls (J. Alvin, Mayfield, Walker, Hutcheson), duplexes, townhouses; seniors can live off campus. Visit our Residence Life and Housing Site for everything you need to know.
How do I choose a roommate?
You can either request a roommate ahead of time or fill out the lifestyle info form and let us decide.
What should I bring?
Click here for a list of what to bring.
Will I have my own telephone and internet connection?
Yes, there are telephone jacks and two internet terminals per room. Wireless internet is also available in all dorms, buildings, and public spaces. Learn more on the Information Technology Services web site.
What scholarships do I qualify for?
Learn more about scholarships and grants.
How do I apply for scholarships?
We use your official high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores to award scholarships (no scholarship application needed). Also, check to see if you qualify to compete for our top scholarships.
Can freshmen bring cars?
Yes, but you might be parking in "freshman parking," which means out in the boonies.
How many students attend JBU?
Currently there are over 1300 undergrad (950 on campus), over 400 graduate students, over 400 Adult Degree Completion Students, and several hundred students who take college credit through JBU while in high school, totaling a student population of over 2,500.
I have food allergies. Can JBU Dining Services accommodate my special dietary needs?
They certainly can. For more information, please contact our Dining Services Director.
What are some lifestyle expectations for students?
As followers of Christ, we expect your life and actions to reflect the character of God, but we don't bog you down with rules. There are four core principles (Scripture, Integrity, Uniqueness, and Community) that serve as guides. You can find out more about them by reading our Community Covenant.
For a complete rundown of our lifestyle expectations at JBU, please view the Student Handbook.
There are no dress codes, curfews, or car restrictions on campus.
Statement of Faith
The doctrinal position of the institution is contained in the following Articles of Faith which have been adopted by the National Association of Christian Schools:
- We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
- We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
- We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
- We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
Student to Faculty ratio?
13 to 1
Largest and unique majors?
Digital Cinema, Engineering (Electrical and Mechanical), Construction Management, Education, Business, Communications.
Can I study abroad?
Irish Studies, Oxford, Au Sable Institute, Spain, Greece, Costa Rica and Germany should get you started. Visit our Study Abroad site for more information.
Chapel is three times a week, on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. That makes around 45 chapels a semester; you are required to attend twenty-one of them each semester.
Who was John Brown?
JBU is named after John E. Brown Sr., a Christian evangelist, radio broadcaster, and entrepreneur.
John Brown wanted to provide Christian education for students who could not afford college. Today, our commitment to needy students and quality Christian education remains strong.
What is our religious affiliation?
JBU is interdenominational, so students come from a ton of different backgrounds. The largest percentage of our students come from Baptist, Bible, and Presbyterian Churches.
What is there to do off campus?
In Siloam Springs there are several coffee shops, a bowling alley, a movie theater, a Sonic, a Wal-mart Supercenter, and a smattering of other cultural intakes. A walk to the historic downtown makes for a great afternoon or study break. Northwest Arkansas is an adventure waiting to happen with more outdoor activities than can possibly be achieved in four years (hiking, camping, rock climbing, spelunking, kayaking, slacklining, etc. etc. etc.) If you're a city person, there are malls, Minor League baseball, movie theaters, tons of coffee shops, all kinds of stores, and basically everything you can find in a large city except for a Six Flags, or a lot of smog! More Info about NWA
Do you accept AP and CLEP scores?
Yes, we accept both. A score of a three on the AP exam will count for one class, a four or five will usually count for two classes.
More on CLEP testing
How safe is campus? We have campus security officers who are on campus 24 hours a day, and our local police department regularly patrol campus. Over the past five years, JBU has not had any major incidences on campus. Read more about safety on JBU's campus.