Long Island Teen Gets Into All 8 Ivy League Schools

4/1/14 3:37PM EST

Long Island Teen Gets Into All 8 Ivy League Schools Long Island Teen Gets Into All 8 Ivy League Schools

William Floyd School District

Most teens are ecstatic to get accepted to one Ivy League college. When you get accepted to all eight Ivy League schools, that’s a real cause for celebration — not to mention plenty of shock and awe from the academic community.

According to a report in Long Island’s Newsday, 17-year-old Kwasi Enin made a clean sweep of the circuit when he learned Harvard, Yale and every other one of the eight Ivy League schools accepted the high school senior. Enin is a first-generation American and son of immigrants from Ghana who hails from Shirley, New York, on Long Island.

The L. I. teen’s otherworldly academic record make his scholarly achievement understandable on some levels. According to Newsday, Kwasi scored 2,250 on his SATs while notching high scores on many of the 11 Advanced Placement (AP) courses he takes. In addition, the young man is a star shot putter, plays viola in the school orchestra and sings with a fine baritone. Once you put those stats on the page, Enin seems worthy of the academic Hall of Fame.

Applying to all eight Ivy League schools is rare enough, according to Nancy Winkler, Enin’s guidance counselor at William Floyd High School on Long Island. Winkler told USA Today it’s “a big deal when we have students apply to one or two Ivies. To get into one or two is huge.”

Getting into all eight prestigious schools is a true statistical anomaly. Harvard, the school with the toughest admissions standards in the country, accepts fewer than 6 percent of all applicants. At the high end of Ivy League acceptance rates is Cornell, which welcomes a mere 14 percent of students into its Ithaca, NY, classrooms.

The ball is in Kwasi Enin’s court. Where will he go to school?

According to reports, he’s still waiting to hear what type of scholarship packages some schools will offer. At the moment, Princeton has presented Enin with the best deal. For a student of his caliber, he’s bound to get several offers he can’t refuse.


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