Rock Star Student Applies to All 8 Ivy League Schools Just to 'Try,' Gets Into Every One
byKaitlin StanfordApr 02, 2014
A 17-year-old from Long Island, N.Y., is proving to college hopefuls everywhere this week that when it comes to "reach" schools, it's better to throw your hat in the ring and just apply—even when you think it's a longshot.
Of course, it helps when you have near-perfect SAT scores, rank No. 2 in your class and just so happen to be an accomplished violinist.
Still, Kwasi Enin—a senior at William Floyd High School—never really thought all eight of the country's most prestigious universities would accept him. He just figured he'd give it a try.
"I thought I would get one or two," Enin tells Newsday. "I simply thought I would apply. I knew it was crazy."
Lo and behold, all eight Ivy League schools—Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale—seem to be fawning over him. While he got his Princeton acceptance letter back in December, the rest of the Ivies all responded on one day: March 27. (That must have been quite a day!) The last and final acceptance email came at 5:30 p.m., from Harvard. And just to put it in perspective, his admittance into Harvard made him one of only 35,000 other students in the country who are accepted—which is a mere 5.9 percent of all applicants.
As for now, it looks as if Enin has some major decision-making to do. And it won't be easy.
"I think my preference is Yale," he tells a reporter. "I still have to compare all these wonderful schools."
He also has some other schools to rule out, since he was accepted to a bunch of notable non-Ivies, too—Duke University; Stony Brook University; State University of New York, Geneseo; and Binghamton University.
One thing's for sure, though: No matter where the 17-year-old decides to go, he'll be following in the footsteps of his parents. Both his mom and dad, who are immigrants from Ghana, studied and later practiced medicine. Enin plans to do the same.