It’s hard enough to get accepted into one Ivy League school, but African-American Kwasi Enin has shown that it is achievable for some people as the 17-year-old violinist and aspiring physician applied to 8 Ivy league schools and got accepted by them all.
Kwasi Enin applied to, and got accepted by Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale. That’s quite an achievement for anybody. Kwasi also got accepted to a few State Universities; Duke University, Stony Brook University, SUNY Geneseo and Binghamton University.
Nancy Winkler, a guidance counselor at William Floyd High School, where Enin attends class says in 29 years as a counselor she’s never seen anything like this. “My heart skipped a beat when he told me he was applying to all eight. 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.”
Kwasi Enin 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.He will also have taken 11 Advanced Placement courses by the time he graduates this spring. He’s a musician who sings in the school’s acapella group and volunteers at Stony Brook University Hospital’s radiology department.
Enin plans to study medicine, as did both of his parents. They emigrated to New York from Ghana in the 1980s and studied at public colleges nearby. Both are nurses. He says, “I’m thinking of being a cardiologist or neurologist. A doctor is a community leader, a protector, someone who people turn to … when they need help.”
NewsOne reports that 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.by