‘U.S. News’ Ranks JBU No. 1 in the South

John Brown University is the top regional college in the South, according to rankings released this week in the “U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges” 2012 edition.

“This number one ranking represents the deep commitment JBU’s outstanding faculty and staff have to excellent Christian higher education,” said Dr. Chip Pollard, university president. “There are many great colleges in the south, and we are honored to lead our peers in the rankings this year.”

“U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges” ranks colleges and universities by region and degree classification. JBU was ranked first out of 99 schools in the Southern regional college category. The factors considered by the rankings include (among other factors): peer assessment, freshmen retention, class size, student/faculty ratio, percentage of full time faculty, SAT/ACT scores, freshman high school class rankings, acceptance rate and alumni giving.  More information on the methodology can be found online at: www.usnews.com/collegemeth.

Over the past nine 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, third in 2009 and second in 2010 and 2011.

“We have superior faculty, wonderful facilities and a great location in Northwest Arkansas,” said Dr. Ed Ericson, vice president for academic affairs. “Topping our U.S. News category reflects the positive educational momentum at JBU.”

JBU was also named a “Best Value” institution by the magazine. 

“One of JBU’s founding principles was to make education affordable,” said Dr. Jim Krall, vice president for university advancement. “Our financial aid team is diligent to help students find the resources they need. We are also blessed to be able to offer millions of dollars in scholarships each year because of the generosity of our alumni and friends.”

JBU announced this August that it completed its Keeping Faith Campaign, which provided more than $40 million for annual and endowed scholarships. The campaign finished one year early, with more than $118 million given, exceeding the original goal by $18 million.

Siloam Springs, Arkansas (September 12, 2011) — John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked first among Southern regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report and is listed as one of America's Best Colleges by Forbes. JBU enrolls more than 2,100 students from 41 states and 44 countries. JBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.