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Number of top students selecting Idaho jumps dramatically
Top universities include more than just world-class faculty. They also attract the best and brightest students.
The University of Idaho set a record for quality this year, enrolling 26 National Merit Scholars. That's nearly double the amount entering the university last year. Including National Merit Finalists, the university now boasts 67 students from the National Merit Scholarship Program, ranking it second in the Northwest among public universities.
Michael Andrews, a National Merit Finalist, joined the freshman class at the University this fall. Beyond his academic credentials, he adds some diversity into the classroom culture: at age 48, Andrews already has had a full life.
A National Merit Finalist in 1978, he chose to enter the workforce immediately following high school. He joined the family's wholesale plumbing distribution company, putting his educational plans on hold.
"Life got in the way of a college career," Andrews admits. He married his high school sweetheart, and had children.
Just as he again was gearing up for college, his parents sold him the business. After successfully growing the business over the next 14 years, he was able to sell it to a major West Coast company.
Now, with life settling down around him, Andrews made good on his 30-year-old plans: to pursue a college education.
"I've reached the point where the kids are out of the house and the business is sold," he says. "A college degree is on my 'bucket list' and this is an open window in time."
With his wife's full support, Andrews moved to Moscow in pursuit of a computer engineering degree with a creative writing minor – his original collegiate goals. "I've taken a nontraditional path," he says. "Even though there's been the passage of time, my interests have remained the same."
The years also haven't slowed down his academic acumen; Andrews was accepted into the University Honors Program. With a full 19-credit load, his new life focus will revolve around study groups, homework and acing tests.
"I'm looking forward to the University as a more interesting and stimulating environment," he says. "It's a good place to be, and I'm just here to learn."
Director of Admissions Dan Davenport believes the University's 16:1 student/faculty ratio will help both top-notch scholars like Andrews and those looking to raise their standard of excellence.
"We are very proud of our intimate learning communities," says Davenport. "When we mix the strong academic quality of our students with the knowledge of our world-renowned faculty, we are creating an atmosphere of excellence that perpetuates intellectual growth."