Long Island high schooler accepted to all 8 Ivy League colleges

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Monday, April 6, 2015
Long Island high schooler Harold Ekeh, 17, was accepted to every college he applied to -- including all 8 Ivy League schools.
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One high school senior has a big decision to make: just which of the eight Ivy League schools does he want to attend?

Seventeen-year-old Harold Ekeh of Elmont, N.Y. told ABC News that he was shocked when he logged onto his computer on March 31 to discover that he had been accepted to all 13 of the prestigious schools he applied to, including all eight Ivy League colleges.

"Everyone was so excited and surprised," Ekeh told ABC News. "The hard work paid off."

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.

Ekeh told ABC News that he wasn't even thinking about college until he visited Yale as a junior.

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

But Ekeh says his true passion is medicine, and he plans to attend a 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, though he's also looking forward to college courses that "spark my intellectual curiosity."

"And I want to learn things outside the classroom," Ekeh told ABC News. "I'm looking forward to hands-on internships and travel abroad opportunities."

"And definitely the student life," he added. "The new friends that I'll meet. I'm sure I'll meet long-lasting friends there."

Ekeh was accepted by all eight Ivy League schools: Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University. Other colleges that accepted Ekeh were Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, New York University and SUNY Stony Brook.

How will he make his decision?

"I still have to make visits to other schools like Harvard, Princeton and MIT," he said. "That's what I'll do in the upcoming weeks."

He only has until May 1 to decide.