A New Jersey teenager has beaten the odds and received offers from all eight prestigious Ivy League Universities.
Ifeoma White-Thorpe applied to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Colombia, Stanford and Brown – and was accepted by each of them.
The Morris Hills High School senior wants to go into global health and study biology and said that since “so many of them have great research facilities”, she decided to try her luck and apply to them all, she told abc7.
She said: “I was shaking. I was like ‘oh my gosh, oh my gosh’ like this. I was like this might be eight out of eight. I clicked it and it said congratulations….oh my goodness”.
Ifeoma said she had been “acing” her Advanced Placement classes and won the National Selma Speech and Essay contest.
The 17-year-old will have to choose from the universities before she graduates in June.
Her parents, Andre and Patricia White-Thorpe, said they will leave the decision with her, although none of the universities she has applied to offer merit scholarships, meaning she will be looking for financial aid.
Dartmouth has been ranked as a Best Value School and 50 per cent of students receive scholarships. The cost for one annual year of fees, including tuition fees, housing and food averages at $71,409 (£57,227).
Harvard and Stanford University are similarly inclined, with 70 and 50 per cent of their students receiving some form of financial aid, and average yearly attendance costs of $73,600 (£58,983) and $64,477 (£51,671) respectively.
According to the QS World University Ranking 2016/2017, Stanford is the second best university in the world and Harvard is the third. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is ranked number one.
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