JBU is an interdenominational, independent, coeducational Christian university founded in 1919 and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The University holds numerous secondary accreditations of individual academic programs:
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
- Arkansas State Department of Education for the preparation (for certification) of teachers for the public schools of Arkansas
- Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
- American Council for Construction Education (ACCE)
- International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
JBU is widely recognized for academic excellence and holistic Christian character development, has received numerous national awards, and is ranked a No. 1 "Best Value" in the U.S. News and World Report 2013 Best Colleges Edition among its peers in the South. JBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and a founding member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.
JBU mottos "Christ Over All" and "Head, Heart, and Hand" highlight the JBU distinctive. The University has a strong tradition of excellence in education which contributes dynamically to the intellectual, spiritual, and occupational effectiveness of its graduates.
Two Centers of Excellence contribute to the undergraduate and graduate experience on campus as well as having significant outreach roles to the community. The Center for Relationship Enrichment and the Donald G. Soderquist Center for Business Leadership and Ethics are exciting ventures that mesh with JBU's historic mission.
The financial position of the University is sound, with significant endowment and trust benefits. A recently completed $118 million capital campaign (completed one year early and $18 over the original goal) contributed to scholarship and endowment funds and funded construction and remodeling of major buildings.
Enrollment is approximately 2,176, including the degree completion and graduate programs, with residential enrollment operating at capacity. The 200-acre campus is part of a beautiful community in the economically vigorous region of Northwest Arkansas, in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains.
All employees must be in agreement with the Faculty Employment Objectives and Articles of Faith (available from the office of the Academic Affairs). Faculty members are expected to take an active role in the spiritual life on campus and the spiritual development of students.
John Brown University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic or national origin, physical or mental handicap, or gender in its hiring practices.