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Ivy times eight: this kid
got accepted everywhere

Kwasi Enin "would cross Long Island Sound to attend Yale," Newsday reports.

Well, who wouldn't, since Yale rejects 94 of every 100 applicants?

Maybe Enin, that's who. The senior at William Floyd High School in Shirley, New York, got accepted at all eight Ivy League schools.

"I was like—this can't be happening," he told Newsday. (In case you're wondering whether it did, in fact happen—this is April 1, after all—USA Today says Enin's school district supplied scans of all the acceptance letters.)

A singer, violist, and shot-putter, Enin, the son of two nurses, hopes to become a doctor. In addition to his high class rank, SAT scores, and bevy of AP courses, he has some personal characteristics in his favor, a college admissions consultant tells USA Today.

They're not necessarily the ones you might expect. And given the highly competitive and emotional nature of elite-college admissions, the analysis of Katherine Cohen ’97PhD, founder and CEO of IvyWise, is likely to hearten some readers while infuriating others.

She says Enin benefits from being male, for instance: "Colleges are looking for great boys." And from being the child of immigrants from Ghana: "He's not a typical African-American kid."

Cohen's advice: "I think he can negotiate the very best financial aid package" at the school of his choice.

Which, it seems, could be the one on Long Island Sound.

"I think my preference is Yale," he says in a Newsday video. "They seem to embody all the kind of things I want in college: the family, the wonderful education, the amazing diverse students, and financial aid, as well. I think Yale has all that for me right now."


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