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National Merit Rankings Place UK 15th Among Public Universities

By Kelley Bozeman

 

“We are very excited about the continued growth in the number of National Merit Scholars who attend the University of Kentucky. This ranking confirms that academically talented students are finding that UK provides an exceptional educational experience. Our Office of Admission and recruitment staff and our faculty are to be commended for their efforts in attracting these students to UK.”

- Mike Nietzel, Provost

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Feb. 6, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The University of Kentucky is among the top 15 public universities in enrolling new freshman National Merit Scholars, newly released rankings show.

UK enrolled 53 National Merit Scholars last fall, more than all of the other universities in Kentucky combined. UK ranks 35th in the nation among both public and private institutions. Last year, UK ranked 21st among public institutions and 46th among public and private schools.

“We are very excited about the continued growth in the number of National Merit Scholars who attend the University of Kentucky,” said Provost Mike Nietzel. “This ranking confirms that academically talented students are finding that UK provides an exceptional educational experience. Our Office of Admission and recruitment staff and our faculty are to be commended for their efforts in attracting these students to UK.”

The National Merit Scholarship Program is widely viewed as the most prestigious national award bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Recipients are chosen based on their academic records and extracurricular activities.


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