High school seniors anxiously checking the mail or logging online to see if they were accepted to their dream college can look with hope, or envy, to Kwasi Enin.
The 17-year-old, from Long Island, N.Y., was accepted to not one, not two, but all eight of the most prestigious universities in the U.S., otherwise known as the Ivy League.
Enin, a senior at William Floyd High School, scored a 2,250 out of 2,400 on the SAT, placing him in the 99 th percentile for all students taking the exam. He also ranks in the top 2 percent of his class, yet he says he never thought he would get into Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale.
“I thought I would get one or two,” Enin told Newsday. “I simply thought I would apply. I knew it was crazy.”
Enin, who is also a violinist, was accepted to Princeton in December and then heard from the remaining seven schools on March 27. He got his final acceptance email, from Harvard, at 5:30 p.m. that day, according to Newsday.
That email from Harvard put Enin among the only 5.9 percent of applicants, out of a pool of over 35,000, who are accepted to the university.
Enin says he wants to follow in the steps of his parents, both immigrants from Ghana, and study medicine.
Exactly where Enin – who was also accepted to Duke University, Stony Brook University, SUNY Geneseo and Binghamton University – will study medicine is still to be decided, but he does have a favorite.
“I think my preference is Yale,” Enin said of the New Haven, Conn., school. “I still have to compare all these wonderful schools.”