Black teen accepted to all eight Ivy League Schools
Kush Azrael | 5/14/2014, 9:35 a.m.
Kwasi Enin, from Long Island N.Y. has done the near impossible by being accepted to all eight Ivy League schools – Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale. This is a rare case starting with the fact that most students usually do not even apply to all eight schools.
The responses to Enin’s applications began coming in throughout the past few moths.
Enin ranks 11th in his class of 647 seniors at William Floyd High School, which puts him at the top 2 percent of his class. He scored 2,250 out of 2,400 on his SATs and will have taken 11 advanced placement classes by the time he graduates later this month.
His guidance counselor said in 29 years she has never seen anything like this.
Enin said he got the idea to apply to all eight schools in the 10th or 11th grade after noticing that each has “their own sense of school spirit” and other qualities he liked. He said that he didn’t think he would get accepted to all of them, but noted that applying to all eight should better chances of getting into at least one. He also applied to three State University of New York campuses – Stony Brook University, Geneseo, Binghamton University and Duke and they all accepted him as well.
For most of the eight schools, acceptance is rare, even among the nation’s brightest students. At the top end, Cornell University admitted only 14 percent of applicants. Harvard accepted just 5.9 percent.
Enin volunteers in the Stony Brook University Hospital radiology department and hopes to pursue a career in medicine, possibly to become a cardiologist or neurologist. He is a first generation American, and that helps him stand out. His parents emigrated from Ghana to New York in the 1980s and studied at nearby public colleges. Both of his parents are nurses.
Despite being dedicated to academics, Enin also loves music. He plays the violin and sings in the school’s a cappella choir and wants to study music as well as medicine when he gets to college.
Enin has made the hard decision as to what college to attend and chose Yale. He said he chose Yale because of the Campus, the people and the financial aid offered to him. Yale has confirmed it is holding a spot for Enin.
His accomplishments have surely thrust him into the spotlight.
He made a cameo appearance on the “Late Show with David Letterman,” and his accomplishment was the topic of a rhyme during “Saturday Night Live’s” weekend update segment.