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Get the facts about John Brown University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is John Brown University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

John Brown University was awarded 28 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business administration and management.

Overall Quality

JBU landed the #454 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Out of the 20 colleges in Arkansas, JBU is ranked at #4.

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Is It Hard to Get Into JBU?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at John Brown University is 76%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that JBU is a good fit for you.

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 Composite scores ranged between 24 and 29.

ACT Composite Scores for John Brown University  ( 24 to 29 )

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John Brown University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at John Brown University is about average at 14 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at John Brown University is 98%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  98 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at John Brown University

Freshmen Retention Rate

John Brown University has a freshmen retention rate of 82%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  82 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at JBU for first-time, full-time students is 55%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  55 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at JBU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,777 undergraduates at JBU with 1,341 being full-time and 436 being part-time.

JBU Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for JBU is 77.54 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  77.54 out of 100
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How Much Does John Brown University Cost?

The overall average net price of JBU is $22,210. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for JBU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$20,157 $17,067 $20,282 $24,439 $26,175

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of JBU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. 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.

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How Much Money Do JBU Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from JBU make about $45,800 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for JBU students since it is 15% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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Location of John Brown University

John Brown University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. The surrounding location of Siloam Springs is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

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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

John Brown University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 41 majors graduated from John Brown University. Of these students, 443 received undergraduate degrees and 207 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 65 $52,500
General Psychology 34 NA
Human Development & Family Studies 29 $23,900
General Engineering 27 NA
General Business/Commerce 25 $40,500
Design & Applied Arts 22 $33,100
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 21 NA
Nursing 21 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 18 $32,200
Liberal Arts General Studies 18 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at John Brown University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at JBU

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 837 students took at least one online class at John Brown University. This is an increase from the 736 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 837 479
2016-2017 736 428
2015-2016 620 334
2014-2015 891 317
2013-2014 460 248

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Notes and References


*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.


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