Texas high school senior Jeramy Botwe was accepted to all eight Ivy League institutions on March 28.
Botwe, a resident of Tomball in the greater Houston area, also received acceptances from other schools including Stanford University, University of Chicago, University of Texas at Austin, and University of Houston. Botwe, a student at Harmony School of Achievement, said he is planning college visits and making a pro and con list in order to choose between his 15 acceptances before the May 1 deadline, Click2Houston reported.
"Well, it's a very surreal feeling, like, to be accepted to all those colleges," Jeramy Botwe told Click2Houston. "It's an honor to be accepted to one Ivy League, but to be accepted to all these different schools, it's really humbling."
Botwe has a 4.51 GPA and is the valedictorian of his class, according to Click2Houston. He is the president of the National Honor Society, the treasurer of his student council, the director of community service organization Key Club, and the co-captain of a science club. Botwe plans to become a doctor and help find a cure for diseases like MS and ALS.
Botwe’s father, Kenneth, came to the United States as a teenager from Ghana and joined the Air Force. A single parent, he expressed pride for his son as well as his daughter, who is a University of Houston graduate and is applying for law school.
Even as acceptance rates for elite institutions drop lower each year, some students, like Botwe, continue to earn acceptances to all Ivy League institutions.
Last year, after being accepted to all the Ivies, Baltimore student Mekhi Johnson chose Harvard, and in 2017, Californian first-generation immigrant from Malaysia Cassandra Hsiao chose Yale. In 2015, Ronald Nelson received national attention when he declined acceptances from all eight Ivies to attend the University of Alabama on a full-ride scholarship. He said the other schools offered insufficient financial aid, and he did not want to take on debt.