JBU: Preparing Campus For Growth

Siloam Springs, Ark (September 5, 2001) — With enrollment at an all time high, John Brown University is making preparations for the future. The private Christian university, which boasts a student body represented by 46 states and 30 countries, is building a new science facility and student center.

Construction began on the 37,000 square foot William H. Bell Science Hall on August 20 and students have filled the residence hall of the $12.5 million Pat and Willard Walker Student Center. Along with dorm rooms, the Student Center will house 98,000 square feet of classrooms, campus ministries, post office, café and bookstore upon its completion.

Alan Cureton, vice president for university advancement says enrollment has been at a steady increase for the past 11 years. In 1990 enrollment at John Brown University was 912, this fall, JBU’s numbers reached 1,684 students; up from last year’s 1,545. “It’s a very bright day for John Brown University,” says Cureton. “Our numbers are on the rise and $24 million has been spent on building projects.”

John Brown University’s enrollment numbers include graduate students, residential undergraduates and students participating in the Advance Degree Completion Program in centers located in Little Rock, Springdale and Fort Smith. More than 350 students attend classes through the Advance Program, which was organized in 1993 as a way to help working adults earn their undergraduate degrees. A dedication of a new facility in Fort Smith is scheduled for September 26.

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,600 students from 46 states and 30 countries. JBU is a member of the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.