Student Accepted into All 8 Ivy League Schools Turns Them All Down

Student Accepted into All 8 Ivy League Schools Turns Them All Down

  • Princeton, Harvard, Cornell, Dartmouth, Brown, Yale, Columbia and UPenn all have the distinction of being named Ivy League institutions of higher education. Since February 1954 these eight universities have been heralded for their academic excellence and standout athletic achievements.
  • Almost 60 years later, those institutions are still recognized as the most prestigious centers of higher learning nationwide. While the general train of thought would be that the Elite 8 would solely produce cerebral types, some of today’s most notable and creative African American celebrities have walked their hallowed halls as well. With the back to school season in full swing, highlights 10 celebrities you probably didn’t know attended an Ivy League school. —Amber McKynzie
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High school senior Ronald Nelson had a hard decision to make this year about college – mainly because he had been accepted into into all eight Ivy League universities. In the end, he decided on the University of Alabama and rejected offers from all eight Ivy League schools. Nelson also rejected offers from Stanford, Johns Hopkins, New York University, Vanderbilt, and Washington University in St. Louis.

He decided to pass on these big names in favor of UA for two big reasons: He got a full ride from Alabama and was accepted into its selective honors program.

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“It took a lot of soul searching for me to push that first ‘accept’ button for Alabama,” Nelson said. “Of course, there’s a bit of uncertainty.”

It’s easy to see why Nelson got into UA’s honors program and every single Ivy League school. As a student at Houston High School in Memphis, Tennessee, he has a 4.58 weighted GP, he’s taken 15 Advanced Placement courses, and he’s earned a 2260 out of 2400 on the SAT and a 34 out of 36 on the ACT. He is senior class president of his high school, a National Merit Scholar, a National Achievement Scholar, and a state-recognized alto saxophone player.

Despite his achievements, Nelson did not receive a performance-based scholarship from the Ivy League schools. None of them offer merit scholarships, nor do several other prestigious universities, such as Stanford.

Like many top universities, each of the Ivy League schools vows to meet the full financial need of any student who gets admitted. However, this doesn’t mean they’re covering every student’s tuition. Rather, they use factors such as a family’s income, assets, and size to determine “demonstrated” need.

Each school offered Nelson some financial aid, he said, and “some of it could have been manageable for the first year.”

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