An unassuming, first-generation American senior, Kwasi Enin, figured he would apply to all eight elite Ivy League schools in an effort to improve his chances in getting into at least one of them. Little could he have known that between December and the end of March, he would receive acceptance letters from each of them.
The William Floyd High School senior has a straight A average, scored in the 99th percentile of the SAT (2250 out of a possible 2400), is a shot putter, plays the viola and is an a cappella singer. Considered a boy genius, he has become the talk of the education world ever since word of his exceptional achievement has become so widely known.
According to Enin, “It has been a little crazy, but I never really feel overwhelmed because I love what I do and I have great support.”
Enin also added, “I thought Harvard would be the one to reject me. They’re Harvard.”
Ironically, Harvard was the last school to accept him. Enin received their letter at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, 2014.
Enin ranks in the top 2% of his class and aced 11 advanced placement clases. The son of immigrant nurses from Ghana, he volunteers in Stony Brook University Hospital’s Radiology Department. When asked what really sets him apart, he said he believed it was his passion for everything.
“Every admissions counselor I spoke to at the Ivy League schools brought that up,” he said. “It’s a big part of who I am.”
Enin has not yet decided which school he will attend but is leaning towards Yale due to its strong reputation in medicine and music. He is particularly drawn to its biomedical engineering program.
“I want the passion of music and medicine to be part of my life wherever I go,” Enin said. He has indicated he would like to be a cardiologist.
According to William Floyd High School Principal Barbara Butler, “It couldn’t have happened to a better kid. He’s such a well-rounded, humble and modest young man.”