John Brown University


John Brown University is a leading private Christian university and Arkansas' top ranked regional university (U.S. News Best Colleges, 2017). Enrolling more than 2,700 students from 40 states and 37 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, degree completion and concurrent education programs, JBU offers more than 39 majors, with top programs including business administration, graphic design, engineering, construction management, counseling, teacher education and nursing.

Contact information

Mailing address:
John Brown University
2000 West University St.
Siloam Springs, AR 72761-2761


Phone: 479-524-9500


Organization details

EIN: 710239576

CEO/President: Dr. Charles W. Pollard

Chairman: Susan Barrett

Board size: 30

Founder: Dr. John E. Brown Sr.

Year founded: 1936

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1979


We are a Christ-centered, interdenominational university that leads the nation in integrating faith and learning, fostering holistic spiritual formation, promoting pragmatic liberal arts education, and preparing people to follow Christ's call to serve others in all areas of life.

Mission statement

John Brown University's mission is to provide Christ-centered education that prepares people to honor God and serve others by developing their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.

Statement of faith

As a Christian institution, John Brown University holds to the interdenominational doctrinal position identified by the following statements:

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that, for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

As adopted by the National Association of Evangelicals.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating203 of 72525 of 87
Fund acquisition rating127 of 72614 of 87
Resource allocation rating251 of 72627 of 87
Asset utilization rating448 of 72567 of 87

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$3,592,646$4,596,113$7,310,805$4,830,990$9,744,413
Short-term investments$109,081,704$102,213,841$82,504,542$87,489,965$99,915,367
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$116,721,029$114,319,066$106,633,583$107,156,886$115,339,882
Long-term investments$22,161,518$19,899,996$19,416,015$19,602,044$6,213,570
Fixed assets$95,276,512$90,921,863$89,338,623$86,030,819$88,435,077
Other long-term assets$3,211,566$3,213,239$3,210,894$3,307,523$3,521,703
Total long-term assets$120,649,596$114,035,098$111,965,532$108,940,386$98,170,350
Total assets$237,370,625$228,354,164$218,599,115$216,097,272$213,510,232
Payables and accrued expenses$4,610,977$3,869,260$4,586,969$4,022,417$3,740,860
Other current liabilities$1,430,905$1,757,996$1,931,977$1,585,717$1,246,475
Total current liabilities$6,041,882$5,627,256$6,518,946$5,608,134$4,987,335
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$1,255,664$1,299,766$1,308,355$1,504,010$1,685,288
Total long-term liabilities$8,359,699$8,862,427$9,324,661$9,409,010$9,955,288
Total liabilities$14,401,581$14,489,683$15,843,607$15,017,144$14,942,623
Net assets20182017201620152014
Temporarily restricted$0$15,359,649$12,293,434$20,653,541$28,792,009
Permanently restricted$104,206,558$87,729,712$83,226,577$78,432,249$73,532,732
Net assets$222,969,044$213,864,481$202,755,508$201,080,128$198,567,609
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$16,676,389$15,052,833$18,678,588$18,732,192$18,609,263
Program service revenue$55,002,029$54,850,097$52,910,515$51,028,202$48,792,354
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$5,334,010$2,585,040$6,894,734$6,609,764$6,072,492
Other revenue$274,258$151,791$294,296$214,076$265,364
Total other revenue$60,610,297$57,586,928$60,099,545$57,852,042$55,130,210
Total revenue$77,286,686$72,639,761$78,778,133$76,584,234$73,739,473
Program services$63,161,019$62,108,481$59,295,498$59,521,361$57,143,887
Management and general$6,865,909$7,821,289$7,148,942$6,723,998$6,366,538
Total expenses$71,896,872$71,740,103$68,343,566$67,944,003$65,385,901
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$5,389,814$899,658$10,434,567$8,640,231$8,353,572
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$5,389,814$899,658$10,434,567$8,640,231$8,353,572

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Established in 1919 by evangelist Dr. John E. Brown Sr., JBU was created to combine Christian liberal arts education with an emphasis on specialized vocational training. While we may not train airplane mechanics today, a "head, heart, hand" education with "Christ over all" is still our focus.

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