John Brown University

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2000 W. University Street

Siloam Springs, AR 72761

Phone: (479) 524-9500
2013-2014 Tuition
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#2 Overall Score: 95 out of 100. Regional Colleges (South)

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John Brown University is a private institution that was founded in 1919. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,004, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 200 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. John Brown University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (South), 2. Its tuition and fees are $22,734 (2013-14).

John Brown University, located in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, has a diverse student body with members from nearly 50 countries. JBU offers a range of student activities. Students can join organizations such as the Speech and Debate Club or play rugby or Ultimate Frisbee on a club sports team. Intramural sports like basketball and dodgeball are popular, as are performance organizations such as the Cathedral Choir and the Jazz Ensemble. The JBU Golden Eagles compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and field varsity teams in basketball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, golf, cheerleading and cross country. Students are required to live on campus for six semesters in one of the single-gender or coed residence halls.

JBU offers about 40 undergraduate majors offered through academic divisions such as biblical studies, business, engineering, humanities and fine arts. In addition to its undergraduate programs, JBU grants a number of master's degrees in fields such as counseling, business and education. JBU also offers summer and semester study abroad programs throughout the world, and it has faculty-run programs in countries including Germany, Ireland, Jordan and Italy.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

John Brown University is a private Christian university committed to providing top-quality academics within a distinctly Christian community. JBU's "Head, Heart, Hand" motto describes our educational philosophy, in which academic excellence (head), spiritual development (heart) and professional preparation (hand) are each an important part of a John Brown University education. JBU has an enrollment of more than 2,200 students from 40 states and 39 countries and is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1919
Religious affiliation Interdenominational
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $81,168,309


When applying to John Brown University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1. The application fee at John Brown University is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 66.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 66.4%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at John Brown University is 14:1, and the school has 54 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at John Brown University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Visual and Performing Arts; Education; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Theology and Religious Vocations. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 78.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 58%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 45%
Visual and Performing Arts 12%
Education 9%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 7%
Theology and Religious Vocations 5%

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Student Life

John Brown University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,004, with a gender distribution of 44 percent male students and 56 percent female students. At this school, 74 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 26 percent of students live off campus. John Brown University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,440
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

John Brown University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring and health insurance. John Brown University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at John Brown University, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at John Brown University.

Students who have cars on campus 80%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At John Brown University, 70.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $14,709.

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Tuition and fees $22,734 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,262 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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