In the past decade, perhaps a dozen American high school students have achieved what could be called the ultimate achievement – acceptance into all eight of the Ivy League universities. The latest is Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, valedictorian of Elmont Memorial High School in Long Island, the second from her school. (Last year, Elmont senior Harold Ekeh was accepted at 13 universities and chose Yale.)
The eight Ivy League schools are Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale, are widely considered to be among the top schools in the world. Seven of the eight predate the American Revolution, and every single one is renowned for being difficult to get into.
Uwamanzu-Nna’s academic history makes it no surprise that she’d achieve the near-impossible – the seventeen-year-old has nearly a 102-point grade point average with whole semester’s worth of extra credit work and she was a finalist in Intel’s international science competition. But she was still shocked when she received offers from every single school to which she applied, and she admits to having started crying when she first realized the scope of her success.
Aside from the Ivy Leagues, she’s also been accepted to John Hopkins, MIT, New York University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic. She plans to visit all of the schools before deciding, though she has to declare her choice by May 1st.
Whichever one she chooses, it’s clear that this extraordinary young woman will star in her chosen field of study. Currently, she’s aiming for biochemistry, and she hopes to be an inspiration for young woman studying in STEM fields.