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John Brown University Overview

Located in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, John Brown University is a private not-for-profit institution. Siloam Springs is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

What Is John Brown University Known For?

443 Undergraduate Awards
$28,483 Avg Cost After Aid
76% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at JBU have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 4%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the post-master's certificate is the highest award a student can attain at JBU.
  • In 2017-2018, 98% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from JBU with a bachelor's degree make about $45,800 a year. That's 12% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.1 years for students from JBU to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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John Brown University Rankings

Out of the 29 colleges in Arkansas, JBU is ranked at #3.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at JBU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#28 Best Mental & Social Health Services Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#40 Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#75 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#86 Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#100 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards JBU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#13 Best Value Colleges for General Business/Commerce College Factual
#23 Best Value Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual
#55 Best Value Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#88 Best Value Colleges for Education College Factual
#105 Best Business Bachelor’s Degree Schools Business Degree Central
#108 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual

Where Is John Brown University?

Location of John Brown University

Contact details for JBU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2000 W University St, Siloam Springs, AR 72761
Phone: 479-524-9500

How Do I Get Into JBU?

You can apply to JBU online at:

Admission Requirements for JBU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into JBU?

76% Acceptance Rate
64% Of Accepted Are Women
19% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 76%, JBU may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 36% of accepted students are men and 64% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 80%, and the acceptance rate for women is 74%.

Average Test Scores

About 19% of students accepted to JBU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 680. Math scores were between 530 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for John Brown University  ( 550 to 680 )

SAT Math Scores for John Brown University  ( 530 to 630 )
JBU received ACT scores from 87% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 23 and 32. Math scores were between 22 and 27. Composite scores were between 24 and 29.

ACT English Scores for John Brown University  ( 23 to 32 )
ACT Math Scores for John Brown University  ( 22 to 27 )
ACT Composite Scores for John Brown University  ( 24 to 29 )

Can I Afford John Brown University?

$28,483 Net Price
54% Take Out Loans
3.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of JBU is $28,483. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At JBU, approximately 54% of students took out student loans averaging $6,033 a year. That adds up to $24,132 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at JBU is 3.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

John Brown University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,430 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,903 undergraduate students at JBU, with 1,430 being full-time and 473 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  JBU

There are also 613 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,430 full-time undergraduates at JBU, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  JBU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of John Brown University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of JBU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 19
Black or African American 28
Hispanic or Latino 98
White 1,058
International Students 99
Other Races/Ethnicities 128

Geographic Diversity

Arkansas students aren't the only ones who study at John Brown University. At this time, 22 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 31 countries are represented at JBU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are South Korea, Mexico, and Guatemala.

Online Learning at John Brown University

479 Took All Classes Online
837 Took At Least One Class Online
18.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 4 bachelor’s degree and 5 master’s degree programs available online at JBU. In 2017-2018, 837 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at JBU has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 18th most popular in Arkansas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of JBU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at John Brown University was 18.3%. This is the #961 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at JBU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of JBU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 1%
Education 33%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 28%
Liberal Arts General Studies 28%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at JBU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at JBU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
General Business/Commerce #56
Accounting #72
Educational Administration #85
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #124
Liberal Arts General Studies #124
Education #227
Business Administration & Management #275
Business, Management & Marketing #351

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

John Brown University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 65 89 154
Mental & Social Health Services 0 87 87
General Psychology 34 0 34
Human Development & Family Studies 29 0 29
Design & Applied Arts 22 6 28
General Engineering 27 0 27
General Business/Commerce 25 0 25
Teacher Education Grade Specific 18 6 24
Nursing 21 0 21
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 21 0 21
General Biology 18 0 18
Liberal Arts General Studies 18 0 18
Accounting 14 0 14
International Business 13 0 13
History 12 0 12
Health & Physical Education 12 0 12
Teacher Education Subject Specific 11 0 11
Construction Management 10 0 10
Student Counseling 0 10 10
Educational Administration 0 9 9
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 9 0 9
Communication & Media Studies 8 0 8
General English Literature 8 0 8
International Studies 7 0 7
Theological & Ministerial Studies 6 0 6
Outdoor Education 5 0 5
Finance & Financial Management 4 0 4
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 3 0 3
Marketing 3 0 3
Chemistry 3 0 3
Political Science & Government 3 0 3
Sacred Music 3 0 3
Romance Languages 2 0 2
Mathematics 2 0 2
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2 0 2
Music 2 0 2
Management Information Systems 1 0 1
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 1 0 1
Philosophy 1 0 1
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0
Other Physical Science 0 0 0
TOTAL 443 207 650


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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