Siloam Springs, Ark (August 22, 2003) - John Brown University has been ranked 11th in the Southern Region of the Best Comprehensive Colleges – Bachelor’s in U.S. News & World Report’s 2004 America’s Best Colleges rankings. “We are extremely pleased that once again, we have received such a high ranking,” Dr. Lee Balzer, president of John Brown University said. “Our ranking is just another illustration of the excellence and value of John Brown University.” The total score that each university or college receives is based on the following: peer assessment (25%), retention (20%), faculty resources (20%), student selectivity (15%), financial resources (10%), graduation rate performance (5%), and alumni giving rate (5%). The rankings provide prospective students a comparison of schools based on various pieces of data. JBU ranking, which has been considered in the “top tier” for over five years, has been steadily climbing recently. JBU moved up to 13th from 18th in 2000. This year, JBU moved up two places to the 11th place ranking among Southern Region Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor’s institutions. 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.