By next month, 17-year-old Kwasi Enin will have to be very selective regarding his quest for higher learning, because a number of elite options are available to him since he recently received acceptance letters from all of the Ivy League schools: Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University.
While excelling academically at William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach, Long Island, where he ranked No. 11 out of 647 seniors—amongst the top 2 percent of his class—and scored 2250 out of a possible 2400 points on his SAT—placing him in the 99th percentile for African-Americans—he submitted applications to the prestigious institutions.
“By applying to all eight, I figured it would better the chances of getting into one,” stated the inspired youth. “I know it’s crazy; I was hoping I’d get one or two, and they all came … and I said, ‘There’s no way.’”
College counselors say that Enin’s results are so rare mainly because very few dare to apply to all eight coveted academies because each one has different qualities that appeal to freshmen. Most students are not invited to attend all of them.
“My heart skipped a beat when he told me he was applying to all eight,” said Enin’s high school advisor, Nancy Wilder. “To get into one or two is huge; it was extraordinary. I’ve never seen anything like it. He’s going to be a leader in whatever he chooses.”
The talented teen is a musician who plays the electric bass and viola and sings in the school’s a capella group. He has also acted in several school plays and has participated in various track and field activities. Additionally, Enin is in his high school’s youth and government club and volunteers in the radiology department at Stony Brook University Hospital.
The average acceptance rate of all Ivy League schools is less than 9 percent of all applicants for the class of 2018, ranging from 5.9 percent at Harvard to 14 percent at Cornell.
Enin plans to study music and medicine, as his parents did after immigrating to New York from Ghana during the 1980s, and they are now both nurses. He is expected to complete 11 Advanced Placement courses by his graduation this spring.
“I think my preference is Yale … they seem to embody all the kind of things I want in college … the family, the wonderful education, the amazing, diverse students and financial aid as well. It’s tough to compare all these wonderful schools,” he expressed.
Enin was also accepted by three State University of New York institutions and Duke University.
Just a week earlier, Washington, D.C., teen Avery Coffey was accepted by five Ivy League schools.
Enin aspires to be a physician. “I’m thinking of being a cardiologist or neurologist. A doctor is a community leader, a protector, someone who people turn to when they need help.”