- Posted April 4, 2014 by
College Admissions Officer Talks About The Student Who Got Accepted Into All 8 Ivy League Schools
A college admissions officer was participating in a social interview on Yabbly and was asked about Kwasi Enin and other questions from parents. Here were some of the highlights:
What do you think about that kid from Long Island who was admitted to all eight Ivies?
My answer: I think he's a good kid who had parents who pushed him to apply to schools he probably would not be happy attending if they were his only choice. For example, Dartmouth and Columbia are so completely different from each other that it's hard to imagine a student being an equally good fit at both. The student himself talked about the heavy pressure from his family, and I just hope he manages to pursue his own passions rather than his father's.
How important is it for strong applicants to have competed in their areas of talent.
The truth is - we (highly selective/Ivy/Ivy+ institutions) need something to help distinguish the "standard strong" applicant from the exceptional applicant. Very often, that difference comes down to the distinctions the student has earned.
What's are some of the biggest mistakes you see otherwise strong candidates make when applying to school?
1. Mentioning another school in your essays
2. Writing an essay about your ex-boyfriend or girlfriend
3. Declining the alumni interview, even when optional
4. Being rude to the admissions staff
5. Present dull applications that they gave very little thought and energy
How much of a compromise is made for “legacy” applicants?
When the decisions are that close, legacy status can be thought of as a "tie-breaker." We have excruciatingly painful choices to make and the legacy connection can help make that decision a little easier.
What advice would you have for someone trying to decide between a great private high school versus moving to a great school district and accessing the public school system?
If you have a son or daughter who is talented, has opportunities to demonstrate those talents, and is taking advantage of the opportunities offered to them (whether meager or lavish), they have a real chance to stand out to us. The type of school they attend won't determine the outcome of the case.