Seventeen-year-old Kwasi Enin of Long Island did the unthinkable, he pulled off his own personal version of the Elite Eight during March Madness, and it had nothing to do with basketball. Kwasi applied to, and was accepted into, all eight Ivy League colleges. Enin, a teen senior from Shirley, N.Y., landed spots at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale.
The shocked student recounted what it was like to find the news out last week as he spoke from his William Floyd High School library Monday, according to Newsday on March 31.
He hasn't decided which Ivy League school he'll attend, but is leaning towards Yale in New Haven, Conn., depending on the financial aid package he's offered.
The eight Ivy League colleges are among the nation's most exclusive, and selective institutions of higher education. For example, Harvard has one of the lowest acceptance rates in the country at just 5.9 percent for the fall of 2014, or 2,023 students out of 34,295 hopeful applicants.
Of course, Kwasi had some pretty good stats going for him. He scored 2,250 out of 2,400 possible points on the SAT, putting him in the 99th percentile for all students taking the exam.
He's an athlete and musician who places in the top 2 percent of his high school class. And he volunteers at Stony Brook University Hospital's radiology department.
College admissions expert Katherine Cohen, CEO and founder of N.Y.-based consulting firm IvyWise, noted since college application pools skew heavily towards females these days, the fact that he's a male is great. "Colleges are looking for great boys," she says, according to USA Today.
Enin hopes to study medicine, as did both of his parents who are nurses. They emigrated from Ghana in the 80s and studied at nearby public colleges.
As Kwasi began hearing from schools last Thursday, one by one he found out he'd been accepted. Still, he said, "I've never heard of someone getting all eight."
As for Harvard though, one of the last to let him know, Enin thought, "It has to be the one to reject me....They're Harvard."
"We are very proud of him," Kwasi's father Ebenezer Enin said. "He's an amazing kid. He's very humble. He's been trained to be a high achiever right from when he was a kid. We have been encouraging him to be an all-around student. So far, he has proved himself."
As for what to do after he decides, Cohen advises that Kwasi write letters of thanks to the seven schools he didn't choose expressing his honor at being accepted.
After all, he needs to keep his options open for graduate school.