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New York Teen Gets Accepted To All 8 Ivy League Schools

Kwasi Ennis is a 17-year-old first generation Ghanaian who plans on becoming a doctor

Getting into a single Ivy League school can be pretty difficult, but one Long Island teen beat the odds and got into every single one.

“By applying to all eight, I figured it would better the chances of getting into one,” 17-year-old Kwasi Enin told the New York Daily News. Instead, he got acceptance letters from all of the elite schools—Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale—which have acceptance rates ranging from Harvard’s 5.9% and Cornell’s 14%.

“It’s a big deal when we have students apply to one or two Ivies,” Enin’s guidance counselor Nancy Winkler told USA Today. “To get into one or two is huge. It was extraordinary.”

So what’s Enin’s winning formula? The first generation Ghanaian son of two immigrant nurses ranks 11th in his class of 647 at William Floyd High School and scored 2,250 out of 2,400 (the 99th percentile) on his SATs. He has taken 11 AP courses, sings at school, and volunteers at a local hospital’s radiology department. “I’m thinking of being a cardiologist or neurologist,” Enin told NY Daily News. “A doctor is a community leader, a protector, someone who people turn to … when they need help.”

Financial aid will play a big role in his decision making process — Princeton is leading the pack with a generous package, he told USA Today, but Columbia, Cornell, and Harvard still have to make an offer.

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