Applying to college can nerve wracking, particularly when acceptance or rejection letters start coming in the mail. But, William Floyd High School senior Kwasi Enin had no worries as he opened up each thick (rejections are usually thin) envelope that revealed he had been accepted into all eight Ivy League universities: Brown, Yale, Cornell, Princeton, Harvard, Dartmouth, Columbia and University of Pennsylvania, according to CBS New York.
The 17-year-old violinist and aspiring physician is a first-generation American from Ghana, and said he got the idea to apply to all eight in 10th or 11th grade. He also applied to Duke and three State University of New York campuses and was accepted to all of the schools as well.
"I feel wonderful for these opportunities to go to any of these undergraduate colleges because they're so amazing," Enin told 1010 WINS' Mona Rivera. "I'm just really, really glad this is happening to me."
Enin told WCBS 880's Sophia Hall his parents never let him accept a grade below 95, telling him, "You have a mind; you can do it." He also said he "knew it was unusual to apply to all eight Ivy League schools. But less than 15 percent of applicants get into the Ivy League, so he decided to go all out," the TV station reported. "I was like, apply to eight; hope I get one," he said.
Enin took the SAT three times and stopped when he scored 2,250 out of 2,400 on the SAT, which placed him in the 99th percentile for all students taking the exam.
The highschooler, who plans to pursue music and medicine at whatever school he decides to choose, and must make the decision by May 1. So far, he told USA Today, Princeton has offered the best financial package.