The 1988 report of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation shows that Brigham Young University ranks 18th among 350 participating colleges and universities in enrolling National Merit Scholars.

Robert W. Spencer, dean of admissions and records, said BYU this year admitted 70 freshmen whose academic achievements qualify them to receive National Merit Scholarship support. In total, BYU has 249 merit scholars."We are pleased that Brigham Young University is the choice of so many National Merit scholars," the dean said. "They represent some of the nation's most academically talented youth."

He said BYU, with 70 new enrollments this year, ranks just under Duke University with 74, University of California at Los Angeles with 80, the University of California at Berkeley with 82 and Massachusetts Institute of Technology with 88.

Harvard/Radcliffe Colleges had the highest enrollment with 315 new students, University of Texas was second with 218 and Stanford University was third with 202.