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A Record Number of National Merit Scholars at UK

An intense focus on academic and student quality at UK is reaping dividends, as evidenced by record results in both of the most recent first-year classes (fall 2012 and fall 2013).

In the last two freshman classes alone, the University of Kentucky has enrolled 176 National Merit, National Achievement and National Hispanic Scholars, up from 29 in the 2011 semester.

With 105 Scholars in fall 2013, UK would be among the Top 10 public universities in the country when compared to the National Merit Corporation’s 2012 report. We have a similar number of scholars compared to Brown University, UC-Berkeley, Dartmouth, Columbia and UNC-Chapel Hill. This reality signals that the University is competing for and enrolling the best and brightest that recognize UK as a place of opportunity.