Siloam Springs, Ark. (August 20, 2009) - John Brown University moved up to the number two spot in its category in the 2010 “U.S. News & World Report” America’s Best Colleges list published Thursday. The magazine categorizes JBU as a baccalaureate college in the southern region. JBU was also named to the “Great School, Great Price” list and was acknowledged for having the highest graduation rate in the region. “JBU is pleased again to be recognized as one of the very top universities among our peer institutions in our region,” said Dr. Charles Pollard, university president. “It is a recognition of the collective commitment to excellence of all JBU faculty, staff, alumni and students — a commitment that is exhibited in the classroom, the laboratory, in the residence hall and on the playing field. JBU continues to strive to provide quality, Christ- centered education, and we are grateful when others acknowledge the good work happening here.” “U.S. News & World Report” America’s Best Colleges ranks colleges and universities by region and degree classification. In the southern region, 96 baccalaureate institutions were evaluated with JBU. More than 280 baccalaureate colleges from across the country appeared on the 2010 ranking. “This year’s ‘U.S. News’ ranking shows once again that JBU is using its resources efficiently and, even more importantly, that we are engaging and supporting our students throughout their entire course of study. Indeed, JBU has the highest graduation rate of any university in the state and of any peer institution in our region,” said Ed Ericson, vice president of academic affairs. Over the past eight years, JBU’s ranking has continued to climb. JBU ranked twelfth in 2002 and 2003, eleventh in the 2004, eighth in the 2005, sixth in the 2006 and 2007, fourth in the 2008 and third in 2009. 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 the one by ‘U.S.News and World Report,’ help identified JBU as a strong academic institution, especially with families who have little history with our school,” said Don Crandall, vice president of enrollment.