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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee-Knoxville ranks 62 among the nation’s 3,700 public and private colleges in the number of freshmen National Merit Scholars enrolled last fall.

 The ranking is based on figures in the National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s annual report.

 UT-Knoxville enrolled 34 freshmen Merit Scholars, and provided funding for 27. The remaining seven scholarships were funded by the National Merit organization or other corporate sponsors.

 Only Vanderbilt University, a private institution with 90 freshman Merit Scholars last fall, outranked UT-Knoxville among Tennessee colleges and universities.

 UT-Knoxville has a total of 126 Merit Scholars enrolled on campus.

 Nationally there were 4,178 freshmen Merit Scholars enrolled last fall in 249 private colleges, compared with 3,201 enrolled in 147 public institutions.