U.S.News Score Puts JBU Among Top 7 Baccalaureates in U.S.

Siloam Springs, Ark. (August 22, 2008) — John Brown University’s academic excellence is once again displayed in its third place ranking among Baccalaureate Colleges in the South on the U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Colleges” list. JBU’s assessment score of 92 places it among the top 7 baccalaureate colleges in the country (out of 319 colleges and universities). "It is wonderful to receive outside affirmation of JBU’s academic and institutional strength, but even the best college rankings cannot always capture the commitment, community and excellence of the people who make up an institution. I am deeply grateful for the faculty, staff, students and alumni who continue to excel in their chosen fields and who remain committed to serving others. They best represent JBU’s commitment to top quality, Christ-centered education" Dr. Charles Pollard, university president said. U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Colleges” ranks colleges and universities within the region they represent. When JBU’s assessment scores are compared with baccalaureate colleges throughout the country, JBU ties for sixth with one other school. “The most recent U.S.News ranking is a testimony to the hard work and caring community we have here at JBU,” said Ed Ericson, vice president of academic affairs. “Those who look at the data that is published along with the rank will see, for example, that our retention and graduation rates as well as our standardized test scores and high school GPAs are among the highest of our regional peers. We are continually striving to improve these numbers because it benefits the students who come to study at JBU. We are pleased to see that those numbers also correspond with higher rankings overall.” In the past seven years JBU’s ranking has continued to climb. JBU ranked twelfth in the Southern Region of the Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor’s category in the 2002 and 2003 lists, eleventh in the 2004 list, eighth in the 2005 list, sixth in the 2006 and 2007 lists, and fourth in the 2008. The total score that each institution receives is based on these criteria: peer assessment (25 percent), graduation and retention (25 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), student selectivity (15 percent), financial resources (10 percent), and alumni giving rate (5 percent). The rankings provide prospective students a comparison of schools based on these various pieces of data. “College rankings, like U.S.News and World Report, do help position John Brown University as a strong academic institution, especially with families who have little history with our school. JBU has been strengthening the academic profile of our incoming freshmen even as we’ve been climbing the U.S.News and World Report rankings.” For the third year in a row JBU enrollment will reach more than 2,000 students. This week JBU will welcome another large incoming class with an estimated 400 students.