JBU best in value

The U.S. News and World Report named John Brown University the Best Value College in the South for the second year in a row.

The magazine rated colleges mostly by a ratio of quality to price, also taking to account need-based financial aid.

The article cites the university’s diversity, small class sizes, and high freshman retention rate as markers of its quality.

“Our U.S. News ranking is one example of the recognition that JBU has received for bringing the highest caliber of Christian higher education at the best possible value to students and their families,” said Chip Pollard, university president, in a press release on Tuesday.

“We are deeply grateful to be able to teach excellent students through exceptional faculty and staff in outstanding facilities, and to have that good work noticed by others.”

The magazine also named the university the number two college overall in the South.

This marks the ninth consecutive year the university has been ranked in the top ten, and the fourth consecutive year in the top two.