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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?

383 Undergraduate Awards
$28,714 Avg Cost After Aid
59% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at JBU is 4%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • 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 2019-2020, 98% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from JBU with a bachelor's degree make about $51,785 a year. That's 27% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • It takes the average JBU student 4.2 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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John Brown University Rankings

JBU holds the #3 spot on the Best Colleges in Arkansas ranking.

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
#21 Best Business & Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#38 Most Popular Mental & Social Health Services Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#40 Best Value Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#68 Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#73 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#94 Best Value Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#107 Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#112 Best Value Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#118 Best Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#134 Best Business Administration & Management 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
#19 Best Value Graduate Degree Colleges for Mental & Social Health Services College Factual
#55 Best Value Graduate Degree Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual
#62 Best Value Graduate Degree Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#84 Best Mental & Social Health Services Schools College Factual
#90 Best Value Graduate Degree Colleges for Health Professions College Factual
#115 Best Teaching Master’s Degree Schools Teaching Degree Search

Where Is 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?

59% Acceptance Rate
64% Of Accepted Are Women
24% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 59%, JBU does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 36% of accepted students are men and 64% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 66%, and the acceptance rate for women is 56%.

Average Test Scores

About 24% 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 560 and 680. Math scores were between 530 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for John Brown University  ( 560 to 680 )

SAT Math Scores for John Brown University  ( 530 to 630 )
JBU received ACT scores from 79% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 23 and 32. Math scores were between 21 and 27. Composite scores were between 22 and 29.

ACT English Scores for John Brown University  ( 23 to 32 )
ACT Math Scores for John Brown University  ( 21 to 27 )
ACT Composite Scores for John Brown University  ( 22 to 29 )

Can I Afford John Brown University?

$28,714 Net Price
53% Take Out Loans
3.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of JBU is $28,714. 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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At JBU, approximately 53% of students took out student loans averaging $6,496 a year. That adds up to $25,984 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

1,326 Full-Time Undergraduates
61% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,820 undergraduate students at JBU, with 1,326 being full-time and 494 being part-time.


There are also 523 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,326 full-time undergraduates at JBU, 39% are male and 61% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 17
Black or African American 24
Hispanic or Latino 108
White 953
International Students 97
Other Races/Ethnicities 127

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

555 Took All Classes Online
1,060 Took At Least One Class Online
14.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 1,060 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 10th most popular in Arkansas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of JBU

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at John Brown University was $28,288 for both in-state and out-of-state students. The following table shows how JBU is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Recreation Administration #10 #10
Information Technology #71 #63

Online Growth Rankings of JBU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at John Brown University was 14.3%. This is the #1,224 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 22%
Business, Management & Marketing 10%
Computer & Information Sciences 55%
Information Technology 55%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 8%
Liberal Arts General Studies 8%

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
Recreation Administration #10
Information Technology #195
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #197
General Business/Commerce #219
Educational Administration #327
Accounting #418

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 24 72 96
Mental & Social Health Services 0 58 58
General Psychology 43 0 43
Nursing 28 0 28
Design & Applied Arts 24 0 24
Teacher Education Grade Specific 10 13 23
Human Development & Family Studies 20 0 20
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 18 0 18
Construction Management 16 0 16
International Studies 15 0 15
International Business 14 0 14
Mechanical Engineering 12 0 12
Liberal Arts General Studies 12 0 12
Health & Physical Education 12 0 12
General Business/Commerce 11 0 11
Marketing 11 0 11
Information Technology 0 11 11
General Biology 10 0 10
General English Literature 10 0 10
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 10 0 10
Communication & Media Studies 9 0 9
Electrical Engineering 9 0 9
Finance & Financial Management 8 0 8
General Engineering 8 0 8
Theological & Ministerial Studies 8 0 8
Teacher Education Subject Specific 6 0 6
Political Science & Government 6 0 6
Student Counseling 0 5 5
Outdoor Education 5 0 5
History 4 0 4
Mathematics 4 0 4
Music 4 0 4
Educational Administration 0 3 3
Chemistry 3 0 3
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 2 0 2
Entrepreneurial Studies 2 0 2
Recreation Administration 0 2 2
Sacred Music 2 0 2
Accounting 1 0 1
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 1 0 1
Romance Languages 1 0 1
Management Information Systems 0 0 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0
Philosophy 0 0 0
Other Physical Science 0 0 0
TOTAL 383 164 547


*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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