JBU Breaks Enrollment Record

Siloam Springs, Ark. (September 13, 2007) — John Brown University’s (JBU) total student enrollment for the 2007-2008 academic year has hit an all-time high with 2,086 students according to the “11th Day Report,” a report that all institutions of higher education must file with the government each year. This is the second year in a row that JBU’s total enrollment has passed the 2,000 mark. JBU also set a new record with the largest number of new traditional undergraduates choosing the university. Four hundred sixty-four new students began classes this fall, including first-time freshmen and transfer students. That number is up from 439 last year. "This year's incoming class is not only the largest in JBU's history, but also is one of the most diverse, with 29 countries represented by 57 international students and children of missionaries,” Don Crandall, vice president of Enrollment Management said. “Also, we are proud that our freshman academic profile includes seven National Merit Scholars." JBU’s 2007-2008 enrollment figures are: Traditional undergraduates 1,258 Advance/Professional Studies 469 (adult degree completion program) Graduate students 359 _________________________________________________ Total Enrollment 2,086 New and continuing students will clearly benefit this fall from more than $300,000 in new scholarships that JBU is able to offer due to completing its $10 Million Endowment Scholarship Challenge last January. This challenge almost doubled the amount of endowed scholarships available to students. Those funds will continue to provide equally significant scholarships in perpetuity to future JBU students. On the heels of JBU’s $10 Million Challenge success, an anonymous donor, has pledged up to $10 million in matching funds to initiate a new $20 Million Endowment Challenge for JBU. JBU has five years to raise their $10 million portion in order to receive the full amount of matching funds. In addition to student counts, the “11th Day Report” also shows JBU’s top five majors for undergraduate students. They are (in order): digital media arts, business administration, graphic design, biology and engineering. All of the 2007 top five majors were also in the 2006 top five list. “We are pleased that JBU's Christian commitment and academic excellence are attracting more and more students each year,” Dr. Charles Pollard, JBU’s president, said. "We look forward to helping these students discover how they can develop and use their gifts to serve our community and the world.” John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked fourth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 2,000 students from 42 states and 49 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges & Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. ###