JBU Enrollment Tops 2,000 and Breaks Records

Siloam Springs, Ark. (September 6, 2006) — John Brown University’s total student enrollment for the 2006-2007 academic year hit an all-time high with 2,081 according to the “11th Day Report.” This is the first year that JBU’s total enrollment passed the 2,000 mark. The 2006-2007 total reflects a 8.7 percent increase in enrollment over last year. JBU also experience another all-time high with its new traditional undergraduate enrollment at 439 (includes freshmen and transfer students), a 19.9 percent increase from last year. 2006 Enrollment Figures: Traditional undergraduates 1,191 Professional Studies 507 (Advance Program for adult degree completion) Graduate students 383 Total Enrollment 2,081 The “11th Day Report” is a report that all institutions of higher education must file with the government each year. Graduate Studies saw a dramatic enrollment increase, gaining 138 more graduate students than were enrolled last year. This rapid growth in graduate studies is due in part to the addition of JBU’s newest master’s program, the Master of Arts degree in youth and family ministries that is offered through a unique partnership with Kanakuk Institute in Branson, Mo. The addition of that program alone brought in 81 new graduate students to JBU. The increased number of new traditional students is largely credited to the diligent work of recruiting staff and to JBU’s new marketing initiatives that were launched in response to last year’s decline in enrollment. Among other strategies, the initiatives included a new scholarship program that gave the opportunity of awarding scholarships to those who know prospective students best –youth leaders, camp leaders, and school counselors. “The program brought JBU some of the best new undergraduate students to campus,” Crandall said, “We are excited that we have so many new students on campus, but we are more excited that the students coming to JBU have been recognized as the leaders of tomorrow.” JBU’s degree completion program, the Advance program, also saw an enrollment increase over last year, and more students are expected to enroll in the coming weeks as new student cohorts start. “Two contributing factors to this year’s growth in the Advance Program are the addition of Organizational Management degree program in Bentonville at Wal-Mart’s Sam M. Walton Development Center and the success of the degree completion program in Early Childhood Education that was created in response to the need for teachers in preschool through fourth grade in Arkansas.” Dr. Richard Ellis, dean of graduate and professional studies, said. Digital media, business administration, graphic design, engineering and biology are among the top undergraduate majors. JBU currently offers 51 majors, three degree completion programs and seven graduate degrees. A total of 882 students live on the JBU campus, while the remaining students are drawn from the surrounding community. John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked sixth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 2,000 students from 41 states and 46 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.