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Northwestern Second in First-Year Merit Scholars

246 freshmen honored for academic achievement last year

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October 14, 2010

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern University boasted 246 National Merit Scholars in last year’s entering class -- the second-highest number in the country.

The honor identifies academically talented students. It is awarded to high school seniors who score highest on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT) that combines critical reading, mathematics and writing skills scores. Nationally, only 15,000 students each year are selected as Merit Scholars out of the 1.5 million students who take the PSAT.

”It’s remarkable that one out of eight of our freshmen were Merit Scholars, given that only 1 percent of the students who enter the competition are selected each year,” said Michael Mills, associate provost for University enrollment. “To me, it’s a testament to the growing recognition of Northwestern as one of the nation’s top schools.”

In the recently announced rankings, Northwestern was second only to Harvard University with 266 Merit Scholars. Other universities ranked in the top five include the University of Texas at Austin (245), Yale University (234) and the University of Southern California (229).

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