Auburn University enrolls record number of National Merit Scholars

AUBURN – Auburn University is ranked fifth out of 126 public institutions in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars, the university’s Office of Enrollment Services announced this week. The university is third in the Southeastern Conference and 16th overall out of 343 institutions where these scholars are enrolled.

The numbers come from the 2009-2010 National Merit Scholarship Corporation Annual Report that was just released.

Auburn enrolled 134 new scholars this summer and fall, which more than doubles last year’s number of 64. Auburn moved up from fourth in the SEC and 34th overall last year.

“This achievement reflects an ongoing commitment by Auburn University to enroll some of the most outstanding students our state and nation have to offer,” said Velda Rooker, director of university scholarships. “We are pleased that so many accomplished students recognize this commitment, along with the quality of Auburn’s faculty and nationally ranked programs, and have chosen to become part of the Auburn family.”

Auburn’s 134 National Merit Scholars are from 20 states and are enrolled in nine of Auburn’s 10 undergraduate colleges and schools.

“I chose Auburn because of the great opportunities available in my major,” said Trip Richert, an electrical engineering student and National Merit Scholar from Madison, Ala. “Auburn offers excellent research opportunities for undergraduate students and extracurricular opportunities to apply the knowledge you learn in class to real world problems.”

The report also provides rankings for National Achievement Scholars numbers. Auburn is ranked number two among 77 public institutions that enroll these scholars, and is ranked number three in the SEC, and 13th overall of 189 institutions.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation is an independent, not-for-profit organization that conducts the National Merit Scholarship Program and the National Achievement Scholarship Program as annual competitions for recognition and undergraduate scholarships.

More information about Auburn’s program for National Merit Scholars is available at General information about Auburn University scholarships is available at

(Written by Carol Nelson.)

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