Nigerian American Student From Long Island Admitted to All Eight Ivy League Colleges

UwamanzuAugusta Uwamanzu-Nna, this spring’s valedictorian at Elmont Memorial High School on Long Island in New York, applied to and was accepted at all eight Ivy League colleges. She also was accepted at the other four universities to which she applied: Johns Hopkins University, New York University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Uwamanzu-Nna, the daughter of Nigerian immigrants, had a weighted high school grade point average of 101.64. “My parents have always taught me the value of hard work, and I am very thankful for that,” Uwamanzu-Nna said. “I am humbled by all of the college acceptance letters that I recently received,” she added. “I am reminded that I have a responsibility to be a role model for others and use my experiences to encourage and inspire others, especially young women.”

Uwamanzu-Nna is not sure which college she will choose but plans to major in biochemistry and environmental studies.

This is the second year in a row that a Black student at Elmont Memorial High School was accepted at all eight Ivy League institutions. Last year Harold Ekeh was admitted to all eight Ivy League colleges and ended up enrolling at Yale. Ekeh was born in Nigeria and came to the United States at the age of 8.


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  1. Hidaya says:

    Awesome! Her parents should teach seminars on the HOW TO GET YoUR Black and Brown Children Into an Ivy League college!!!!!

    Sign me up!

  2. Terry Lindsay says:

    Her parents should be enormously proud. Congratulations.

  3. Adrienne Simms says:

    Wonderful! She, her parents and her school which is listed as a 74% black public school, should be tremendously proud. I hope now they all focus on the right institutional match, the school that will genuinely support her in her scientific endeavors as the STEM majors pipeline to graduation gets smaller and smaller. Forty percent of STEM majors either drop out or change majors by sophomore year. Selective colleges are known for this. Sometimes all an Ivy does is make you realize your limitations. Go to the school that won’t let you fail!

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