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.”
One of the eight elite Ivy League schools to which Kwasi Enin applied. This was the first of the eight to accept this first-generation high school senior.
Another of the elite eight Ivy League schools that issued a letter of acceptance to the son of immigrant nurses from Ghana. Perhaps his straight A average influenced them.
Not sure where Columbia University ranked in order of accepting "boy genius" Kwasi Enin to their school as one of the elite eight Ivy League schools.
Cornell University sent an acceptance letter to Kwasi Enin some time between December 2013 and march 27, 2014. They, like others, commented on his passion for all things.
An overhead shot of Dartmouth University, one of eight Ivy League schools that accepted Kwasi Enin to its class of 2018. Beautiful campus to stroll on, should he choose to go there.
University of Pennsylvania
The only Ivy League school not known by a one word moniker; however, that does not serve to make it any less elite. Perhaps they were swayed to accept Kwasi Enin because of his stunning 2250 (out of a possible 2400) score on his SAT.
Although he says he has not yet made a choice (he is waiting to see what type tuition enticements each of the Ivy League schools will offer him), Kwasi Enin is said to be leaning towards attending Yale due to its medical and music departments.
"It's Harvard," said Enin, as to why he thought Harvard might not accept him. Ironically, it was the last of the elite eight Ivy League schools to accept him. He received his acceptance letter from Harvard at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, 2014 - giving new meaning to the Elite Eight.