NY Student Accepted Into Eight Ivy League Colleges Picks Yale

5-1-2014 4-27-08 PM

A 17-year-old senior from Long Island applied to eight Ivy League schools, and to his surprise, was accepted by every single one: Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale. Kwasi Enin announced his decision to attend Yale by staging a news conference among teachers and members of the media in the gym of William Floyd High School.

“My Bull Dog Days experience last week was incredible,” he said on Wednesday. “I met geniuses from all across the world. And everyone there was so friendly and inviting… And I believe that their deep appreciation and love for music, like I have, was very critical for me deciding to go there.” Enin plans to pursue a career in medicine, which also happens to align with the careers of both his parents.

Enin ranked No.11 in his class and scored 2250 out of a possible 2400 on his SAT exam, placing him in the 98th percentile across the country. He also plays three instruments, sings in an a cappella group, throws shot put and discus for the high school’s track and field team, participates in student government and has had a lead role in school plays since the ninth grade.

“Usually kids are good athletes or good musicians or good actors, but they don’t have all three and then on top add student government. It’s a balancing act,” said Barbara Butler, Enin’s school principal since middle school. “He somehow finds time to do it all and then volunteer at a local hospital.”

The elite universities have acceptance rates ranging from 5.9 percent at Harvard to 14 percent at Cornell, but the small margins weren’t going to stop this young scholar from success. His father, Ebenezer, thanked everyone at the high school who encouraged and inspired his son to work hard.

Well, congratulations Kwasi Enin — we wish you all the best on your endeavors at Yale University!