JBU’s Graduation Rate Highest in the State

Siloam Springs, Ark. (June 10, 2009) — In a recent study by The American Enterprise Institute, John Brown University had the highest graduation rate in the state of Arkansas among colleges and universities in the “Competitive” or above categories with 71 percent of students who enter the university graduating within six years. The categories that schools can be placed in are Noncompetitive, Less Competitive, Competitive, Very Competitive, Highly Competitive or Most Competitive. JBU’s graduation rate tied for 5th in the southern region when compared to other colleges and universities in the “Very Competitive” category. According to The American Enterprise Institute, to be placed in the very competitive category, a college or university will typically admit students with a high school grade point average that is no lower than B minus; who rank in the top 35–50 percent of their graduating class; and who have median test scores ranging from 573 to 619 on the SAT and from 24 to 26 on the ACT; and admit between one-half and three-quarters of their applicants. “Graduation rates are a crucial factor in determining the overall quality of an academic institution as well as how much attention is given by that institution to individual students, said Ed Ericson, JBU vice president of academic affairs. “As a leading, Christian liberal arts university, JBU is dedicated to the holistic development of those who attend the school, and we therefore place a high value on ensuring that students who come to JBU are nurtured and supported through graduation and beyond.” Graduation rates are calculated by looking at the percentage of students who graduate within six years of entering an institution. The study is based on information submitted through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) for the years 2001 through 2007. The complete study is available at http://www.aei.org/docLib/Diplomas%20and%20Dropouts%20final.pdf