JBU Announces Record Enrollment

Siloam Springs, Ark. (September 13, 2002) — Reporting the largest student body in the private institution’s history, John Brown University announces its fall enrollment count at 1,760 students.

The university attributes the enrollment growth to increased student retention rates, increased graduate student enrollment, and an exceptionally large freshmen class. This year’s 370-student freshman class is the largest in the university’s history, bringing the total count of traditional undergraduate students to 1,166. JBU graduate studies programs have 148 students, and adult students enrolled in the university’s Advance Program satellite campuses number 446. Fall-to-fall retention rates for 2001-2002 are at 85.58%, the highest retention rate in the university’s history.

"We are very pleased with both our new student enrollment and our retention this year, especially considering the uncertainty of our nation's economy and the trend to stay closer to home when considering college,” said Don Crandall, vice president for enrollment management. ”We actually saw an increase in the number of students traveling more than 500 miles to attend JBU. We are pleased to have so many quality students at JBU, and we are looking forward to continued gradual growth in our student body over the next several years.”

JBU not only enrolled a greater quantity of new students, but also saw an increase in the academic quality of the freshmen class. The academic profile of the freshman class increased significantly, with an average high school GPA of 3.56 (up from 3.51 last year) and an average ACT score of 24.6 (up from 24.5 last year).

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,700 students from 42 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.