CONGRATULATION KWASI, KEEP MAKING US AFRICANS PROUD!!
"Kwasi Enin, from Shirley, N.Y., has been accepted to all eight Ivy League schools: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Kwasi was first accepted to Princeton in December. Six more Ivies followed, all of them congratulating him on admission. Harvard was the last to let him know about his application. On March 27, at 5:30 p.m., Harvard told him, yes.
"I was like – this can’t be happening,” he told Newsday.
College admission, especially at Ivy League schools, is reputed to be something of a gamble, because each school uses its own criteria – often inscrutable to the public – to pick its incoming class, and admission at one elite college is seldom a portent of entrance at another.
For those reasons, even a top student usually applies to just the one or two Ivy League schools that have admissions criteria he or she appears to meet best, according to Nancy Winkler, a guidance counselor at William Floyd High School in Mastic, N.Y., where Kwasi is a student.
"My heart skipped a beat when he told me he was applying to all eight," Ms. Winkler told USA Today.
"It’s a big deal when we have students apply to one or two Ivies,” she told USA Today. “To get into one or two is huge.”
All of the Ivies that admitted Kwasi accepted less than 15 percent of applicants to their 2018 classes. Harvard, the most selective of the schools, offered admission to about 5.9 percent of hopefuls.
Kwasi, who scored a 2250 out of 2400 on his SAT, as well as scoring high on Advanced Placement tests, is ranked 11th in his high school class of 647. A first-generation American whose parents are from Ghana, he is also a shot-putter, a baritone singer, a viola player, and a hospital volunteer.
He plans to pursue a career in medicine, he told Newsday.
Kwasi has not decided which school to attend and is still waiting to see financial aid packages, according to Newsday. He added, though, that he liked Yale.
"We are very proud of him," Ebenezer Enin, Kwasi’s father, told Newsday.
“He’s been trained to be a high achiever right from when he was a kid,” he said. “So far, he has proved himself.”
Kwasi was also accepted to Duke University, as well as to SUNY schools Geneseo, Stony Brook, and Binghamton, N.Y.”
- He ranks No. 11 in a class of 647 at William Floyd, a large public school on Long Island’s south shore (top 2% of his class).
- His SAT score (2,250 out of 2,400) puts him in the 99th percentile for African-American students.
- He will also have taken 11 Advanced Placement courses by the time he graduates.
- He’s a musician who sings in the school’s a capella group and volunteers at Stony Brook University Hospital’s radiology department.