Kwasi Enin, Ivy League


Oh you got into a state school? How...cute.

KWASI ENIN GOT INTO EVERY SINGLE IVY LEAGUE SCHOOL. The 17-year-old, who attends William Floyd High School in Long Island, N.Y., applied to and was accepted by Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Yale and University of Pennsylvania.

(He also got into Duke. NBD.)

How? He ranks 11th in his class, he scored a 2,250 out of 2,400 on his SAT, he's taken 11 AP classes, he's an athlete and a musician, oh and he volunteers at a local hospital. Still, Kwasi says he couldn't believe "when the yesses kept coming."

 "It's a big deal when we have students apply to one or two Ivies," Kwasi's guidance counselor, who says she's never seen anything like this happen in her 29 years, told USA Today. "To get into one or two is huge. [This] was extraordinary." 

"By applying to all eight, I figured it would better the chances of getting into one," he told The New York Daily News. He thought it would be Harvard that rejected him ("It has to be the one to reject me. They're Harvard.")

And he wouldn't be wrong to think so. Here are the acceptance rates for all eight Ivies: 

Brown: 8.6 percent. 2,619 of 30,291 applicants were accepted.

Columbia: 6.94 percent. 2,291 of 32,967 applicants were accepted.

Cornell: 14 percent. 6,025 of 43,041 applicants were accepted.

Dartmouth: 11.5 percent. 2,220 of 19,235 applicants were accepted.

Harvard: 5.8 percent. 2,023 of 34,295 applicants were accepted.

Princeton: 7.28 percent. 1,939 of 26,631 applicants were accepted.

Yale: 6.26 percent. 1,935 of 30,932 applicants were accepted.

UPenn: 9.9 percent. 3,551 of 35,788 applicants were accepted.

Someone else can do the math and figure out how likely it is that a student would get accepted into all eight. We're happy to settle with calling it a 1 in a million chance. And that one is Kwasi.

Kwasi, who is the son of two immigrant nurses, says his decision will depend on which school can offer him the best financial aid package. As for his major? "I'm thinking of being a cardiologist or neurologist."

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