John Brown University Student Engagement Earns National Recognition as College of Distinction

SILOAM SPRINGS, ARK. (July 22, 2015) – John Brown University was recently recognized among the nation’s Colleges of Distinction via the Colleges of Distinction Online College Guide. JBU was recognized among 331 public and private institutions nationwide for excellence in learning initiatives like study abroad programs, service learning opportunities, learning communities, internships and other educational paradigms.

“Our educational philosophy of ‘Head, Heart, and Hand’ makes JBU unique,” said Lucas Roebuck, chief communications officer at JBU. “We have worked diligently to develop academic curriculum and extracurricular activities that not only educate the mind, but inspire hearts for God and cast a vision for students’ work to change lives.”

Colleges of Distinction members are institutions dedicated to enriching students through innovative learning opportunities. Institutions are nominated by high school counselors and educators based on four criteria: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes. Nominated institutions are also evaluated on freshman experience, general education curriculum, strategic plan, and alumni success and satisfaction measures.

“Colleges of Distinction provides more than just a ranking or a tally of test scores,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor for Colleges of Distinction. “We identify colleges that offer every student an educationally rewarding experience and have earned a solid reputation for nurturing and serving their students across every measure.”

Since 1999, the Colleges of Distinction website and e-guidebook have recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The

member schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. provides dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and more for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, visit

To view JBU’s profile or to find more information about the innovative learning experiences the university offers, visit

John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked No. 1 overall and a Best Value among Southern regional colleges by U.S. News. JBU enrolls more than 2,800 students from 42 states and 40 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, degree completion and concurrent education programs. JBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and a founding member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.


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