Long Island Teen Accepted to All 8 Ivy League Schools

A Long Island high school senior who is the first-generation son of immigrants accomplished a feat few other students have even attempted -- getting accepted to all eight Ivy League schools.

Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Yale and the University of Pennsylvania all sent acceptance letters to 17-year-old Kwasi Enin's home in Shirley.

"The yesses kept coming," Enin, a William Floyd High School student who wants to be a physician, told Newsday. He said he couldn't believe it.

Neither could Nancy Winkler, a guidance counselor at Enin's school.

"It's a big deal when we have students apply to one or two Ivies," Winkler told USA Today. "To get into one or two is huge. This is extraordinary."

Few students even apply to all eight ultra-selective universities, college counselors told USA Today, because each school looks for different qualities in their freshman classes. Each college accepts fewer than 15 percent of applicants.

Enin, a first-generation American whose parents emigrated from Ghana, scored 2,250 out of 2,400 on the SAT, according to USA Today. That places him in the 99th percentile for all students taking the exam.

Enin told USA Today he got the idea to apply to all eight Ivy League schools in 10th or 11th grade and said each of them had qualities he liked. He also was accepted at Duke and three State University of New York campuses.

He says he hasn't made a decision on which school to attend, but says his preference is Yale.

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