• A Nigerian, schooling in New York, Harold Ekeh, was accepted into every college he applied to (13 of them), which includes all eight Ivy League Schools.

    When the official college decisions were posted online, Harold logged onto his computer and was shocked to discover he was accepted into Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and Yale University, all Ivy league schools.

    He also got letters from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Johns Hopkins University, Vanderbilt University, New York University and Stony Brook University.

    Harold Ekeh

    Harold Ekeh

    Ekeh’s impressive high school resume spans from conducting scientific research, to starting a college prep mentoring program, to serving as editor-in-chief of the newspaper and vice president of Model United Nations.

    But Ekeh’s true passion is medicine. He says he plans to attend medical school and specialize in neurosurgery.

    “I knew I wanted to go to a really good school that would allow me to get into a great medical school,” he said.

    Ekeh said he didn’t have a certain college in mind until he visited Yale with his high school’s Model United Nations team.

    “I got to see how passionate people are at Yale,” he said. “That skewed me to start leaning towards Yale in my junior year.”

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    Harold Ekeh speaking at Farmingdale State College, New York


    Wherever he ends up, Ekeh says he’s looking forward to college courses that “spark my intellectual curiosity.”

    He has until May 1 to decide.

    Harold arrived in the United States from Nigeria at age 8 and spoke very little English. He’s now a senior at Elmont Memorial High School in Long Island, New York.

    Harold Ekeh and family

    Harold and his family


    He explained that he was inspired by watching his parents’ hard work, recalling that they worked at Target to provide for the family.

    Harold said he learned from them that he would need to adapt to American culture.
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