Kwasi Enin

Kwasi Enin, a senior at William Floyd High School in Shirley, New York, applied to all eight Ivy League Universities—Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Dartmouth, and Cornell—and was accepted to all of them.

“My heart skipped a beat when he told me he was applying to all eight,” says Nancy Winkler, a guidance counselor at William Floyd. In 29 years as a counselor, she says, she’s never seen anything like this. “It’s a big deal when we have students apply to one or two Ivies. To get into one or two is huge. It was extraordinary.”


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Read more from USA Today below:

The feat is extremely rare, say college counselors — few students even apply to all eight, because each seeks different qualities in their freshman class. Almost none are invited to attend them all. The Ivy League colleges are among the nation’s most elite.

For most of the eight schools, acceptance comes rarely, even among the USA’s top students. At the top end, Cornell University admitted only 14% of applicants. Harvard accepted just 5.9%.

But Enin has “a lot of things in his favor,” says college admissions expert Katherine Cohen, CEO and founder of IvyWise, a New York-based consulting firm.

He ranks No. 11 in a class of 647 at William Floyd, a large public school on Long Island’s south shore. That puts him in the top 2% of his class. His SAT score, at 2,250 out of 2,400 points, puts him in the 99th percentile for African-American students.

Enin is a first generation American from Ghana. His parents, both nurses, moved to New York in the 1980s.

As previously reported by NewsOne, this is the third big college announcement highlighting Black male excellence in recent weeks.

Avery Coffey, 17, a senior at D.C.’s prestigious Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, applied to five Ivy League schools and was accepted to all of them.

Chad Thomas, a senior football player at Miami’s Booker T. Washington High School, has received 150 scholarship offers for his talent both on and off the gridiron.

Read more of Enin’s story at USA Today.

7 thoughts on “Kwasi Enin: NY Teen Accepted To All 8 Ivy League Universities

  1. IanRousseault on said:

    What an Inspiration to everyone, especially young people. This shows that when you really apply yourself, you can accomplish Major things in Life. Thank God for his parents who have raised their child in the proper manner. This young Man will truly make a difference in the world. I would LOVE to see many, many more stories like this about young people of color, because there are a lot of them out there. How refreshing to see a story about a young black Man that wants to accomplish some major things in Life. He is truly a PROPER role model. How refreshing seeing a story about a young black Man who wants to be something other than a disrespectful, disgusting, ebonic speaking, uneducated Rapper!!!!! Please, Please let’s look for more stories like this. I was raised like so many others, that it doesn’t matter what color you are, YOU CAN become whatever you want to be, despite any obstacles that are out there. This story is just much needed confirmation. Even though I do not know this young Man, my heart is filled with Joy and my eyes are filled with tears! YOU GO YOUNG MAN!!!!!!!

  2. SMH (shaking my head HARD!! There is one (1) comment on this young man’s great achievement (the fake money making ad comment doesn’t count)….and 50, or 60 comments on the April Fool’s blog on Porcha. Our priorities are warped!!

    • pac4me on said:

      Joy, those of us who look for inspiring messages just didn’t waste our energy on Porcha (that’s all) – Too many negative stories about AA males so let’s just rejoice in this young man’s achievement’s and all of the potential he has to look forward too

  3. Mac Ben on said:

    …wonder why he didn’t apply to any HBCUs? Also, he ranked in the “99th percentile for African American students” but what about all students? That is the real achievement.

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