John Brown University


Enrollment: 1,691.

Student Body: 56% female, 44% male, 68% out-of-state, 7% international (49 countries represented). Asian 1%, African American 1%, Caucasian 61%, Hispanic 2%, Native American 1%.

Retention and Graduation: 77% freshmen return for sophomore year. 53% freshmen graduate within 4 years. 34% grads go on to further study within 1 year.

Faculty: Student/faculty ratio 13:1. 80 full-time faculty, 74% hold PhDs, 4% are members of minority groups, 25% are women.


Degrees: Bachelors, masters.

Classes: Most classes have 10-19 students. Most lab/discussion sessions have 10-19 students.

Majors with Highest Enrollment: Business administration and management; digital communication and media/multimedia; graphic design.

Special Study Options: Accelerated program, distance learning, double major, dual enrollment, English as a Second Language (ESL), honors program, independent study internships, liberal arts/ career combination, student-designed major, study abroad, teacher certification program.

Honors programs: The Honors Scholars Program consists of enriched Core Curriculum courses developed especially for gifted and highly motivated students. Emphasizing the use of primary texts, instructors challenge students through individual research, critical reflection, incisive discussion, interactive projects, and professional presentations. Special programs offered to physically disabled students include note-taking services, reader services, tutors.

Career services: Alumni network, career/job search classes, career assessment


Housing: Coed dorms, men’s dorms, women’s dorms, apartments for married students, apartments for single students 80% of campus accessible to physically disabled.

Special Academic Facilities/Equipment: Art gallery, human anatomy lab, TV studio, radio station, Outdoor Learning Center, Center for Relationship Enrichment, Soderquist Center for Business and Ethics.

Computers: 100% of classrooms, 100% of dorms, 100% of libraries, 100% of dining areas, 100% of student union, 30% of common outdoor areas have wireless network access. Students can register for classes online. Administrative functions (other than registration) can be performed online.


Environment: Village.

Activities: Choral groups, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, literary magazine, music ensembles, musical theater, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student-run film society, yearbook, campus ministries, international student organization.

Organizations: 20 registered organizations, 3 honor societies,

Athletics (Intercollegiate): Men: Basketball, golf, soccer, tennis. Women: Basketball, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball.

On-Campus Highlights: Walker Student Center, California Cafe, Chapel, Walton Lifetime Health Complex, Intramural Sports. Environmental Initiatives: New major in Renewable Energy.


Freshman Academic Profile: Average high school GPA 3.58. 32% in top 10% of high school class, 60% in top 25% of high school class, 83% in top 50% of high school class. 65% from public high schools. SAT Math middle 50% range 510-640. SAT Critical Reading middle 50% range 520-660. SAT Writing middle 50% range 510-640. ACT middle 50% range 22-28. Minimum paper TOEFL 500. Minimum computer TOEFL 173. Minimum web-based TOEFL 61.

Basis for Candidate Selection: Very important factors considered include: Academic GPA, recommendation(s), standardized test scores. Important factors considered include: Class rank, application essay, character/personal qualities, interview, religious affiliation/commitment. Other factors considered include: Rigor of secondary school record, alumni/ae relation, extracurricular activities, first generation, level of applicant s interest, talent/ability.

Freshman Admission Requirements: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted. Academic units recommended: 4 English, 3 mathematics, 2 science, (1 science labs), 2 foreign language, 2 social studies, 1 history.

Freshman Admission Statistics: 1,033 applied, 71% admitted, 44% enrolled.

Transfer Admission Requirements: High school transcript, college transcript(s), essay or personal statement, minimum college GPA of 2.5 required. Lowest grade transferable C.

General Admission Information: Application fee $25. Notification on a rolling basis, beginning on or about 11/1. Nonfall registration accepted. Admission may be deferred for a maximum of 1 year. Neither credit nor placement offered for CEEB Advanced Placement tests.


Annual tuition $18,032. Room and board $6,876. Required fees $848. Average book expense $600.

Required Forms and Deadlines: FAFSA. Priority financial aid filing date 3/1.

Notification of Awards: Applicants will be notified of awards on or about 3/1.

Types of Aid: Need-based scholarships/grants: Federal Pell, SEOG, state scholarships/grants, private scholarships, the school’s own gift aid. Loans: Direct Subsidized Stafford, Direct Unsubsidized Stafford, Direct PLUS, FFEL Subsidized Stafford, FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford, FFEL PLUS, Federal Perkins, college/university loans from institutional funds.

Student Employment: Federal Work-Study Program available. Institutional employment available. Highest amount earned per year from on-campus jobs $1,415. Off-campus job opportunities are fair.

Financial Aid Statistics: 36% freshmen, 58% undergrads receive need-based scholarship or grant aid. 24% freshmen, 35% undergrads receive non-need-based scholarship or grant aid. 32% freshmen, 52% undergrads receive need-based self-help aid. 3% freshmen, 4% undergrads receive athletic scholarships. 90% freshmen, 87% undergrads receive any aid. 60% undergrads borrow to pay for school. Average cumulative indebtedness $19,991.

Criteria for awarding institutional aid: Non-need-based: Academics, alumni affiliation, art, athletics, leadership, music/drama.

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