John Brown University: Narrative Description

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2000 West University St.
Siloam Springs, AR 72761-2121
Tel: (479)524-9500; 877-JBU-INFO
Admissions: (479)524-7150
Fax: (479)524-9548
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent interdenominational, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1919. Setting: 200-acre small town campus. Endowment: $44.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $11,887 per student. Total enrollment: 1,928. Faculty: 143 (80 full-time, 63 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 583 applied, 77% were admitted. 32% from top 10% of their high school class, 63% from top quarter, 86% from top half. 2 National Merit Scholars, 17 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,639 students, 49% women, 51% men. Part-time: 73 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 44 states and territories, 37 other countries, 73% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 3% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 7% international, 4% 25 or older, 76% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 83% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; communications/communication technologies; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $19,758 includes full-time tuition ($13,724), mandatory fees ($710), and college room and board ($5324). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $572 per semester hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 20 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Student Ministries Organization, Student Missionary Fellowship, African Heritage Fellowship. Major annual events: homecoming, Christmas Candlelight Service, Parents' Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Arutunoff Learning Resource Center plus 4 others with 114,799 books, 52,215 microform titles, 3,775 serials, 10,697 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $446,451. 100 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Located in the Benton County foothills of the beautiful Ozarks. The town is easily accessible from all parts of the state. The seasons are delightfully mild. Siloam Springs is far enough south to insure mild winters, and the summer nights are pleasantly cool. Northwest Arkansas is considered a very healthful location, and is noted as a summer retreat for many tourists from all sections of the United States.

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