How Did He Do It? Teen Accepted To All Eight Ivy League Schools

Kwasi Enin has his pick of some of the nation's top schools. How did he get in to all of them despite their minuscule acceptance rates?

Kwasi Enin has a tough choice to make. (Photo courtesy of the William Floyd School District)
Kwasi Enin has a tough choice to make. (Photo courtesy of the William Floyd School District)

By Ryan Bonner

Harvard. Yale. Columbia. Princeton. Brown. Dartmouth. Cornell. The University of Pennsylvania. 

Those eight Ivy League schools, with their minuscule acceptance rates, often represent just a dream for thousands of high school seniors each year. 

But for Long Island teen Kwasi Enin, the dream has come true, times eight. The 17-year-old William Floyd High School senior has been accepted into every Ivy League school in the country. 

“By applying to all eight, I figured it would better the chances of getting into one,” Kwasi, of Shirley, told the New York Daily News. 

Kwasi certainly has the credentials to back up his remarkable achievement. 

According to a USA Today report, Kwasi is ranked No. 11 in his graduating class–or the top 2 percent–at William Floyd and his SAT score of 2,250 out of 2,400 points is in the 99th percentile for all students taking the exam across the country.  

Kwasi's parents, who emigrated to New York from Ghana in the 1980s, are both nurses and Kwasi plans to follow them into the medical field. 

Nancy Winkler, a guidance counselor at William Floyd High, told USA Today that's it's a big deal when the school has students apply to one or two Ivy League schools. 

"To get into one or two is huge," Winkler said, calling Kwasi's acceptance into all eight "extraordinary." 

Now with a choice to make that many high school seniors would love to have, Kwasi told Newsday that he is leaning toward Yale.

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Sue Packel April 03, 2014 at 10:15 AM
This has happened before...right here in Lower Merion. In 1985, Julie and Jessie Cohen of LMHS were accepted to all 8 Ivy League schools plus Duke and one to Haverford and one to Swarthmore. One went to Harvard and one went to Yale. One went to Harvard Medical School and one to Harvard Law School. You could look it up.
Geoff Burton April 03, 2014 at 11:16 AM
Well done young man
Clinique Cottinghm April 03, 2014 at 08:42 PM
It's very heart warming to see this young man being able to choose from any of the 8 schools. What bothers me is how people stereotype so much and they are used to seeing the negatives aspects of African-Americans that the media loves to display. Amazing that you will not see this aired on the Local TV stations. History can show people that many African-Americans that were very talented, smart and very well educated. I guess since he wasn't in a gang , doing drugs, or poverty stricken its hard for most to believe that this young man wants something out of life. What makes me laugh is when you see people state they are not racists usually are the ones that are. LOL!!! Good Luck young man hopefully you will not have the other races jealous of you!!!
Petra L. April 06, 2014 at 12:15 AM
First, conratulations to Kwasi on an excellent start and make the best of the skills and advantage you have. @Eileen: The Ivy League is not actually a league as you describe. There is a common application that many schools use, not just the Ivies. Admittance to one school does not guarantee admittance to any other. For many others: Most competitive schools reject several fold more capable students than they admit. E.g. for *every* student admitted there may be 10 equally qualified students who were not admitted. If it were a pure lottery of qualified students, chances are you'd still not be admitted. Disclosure: was 50/50 for Ivy applications, but chose a school I thought was a better fit.


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