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17-year-old Nigerian-American Lady joins the 3.2% of students accepted to Harvard, gets $4million scholarship

A 17-year-old Nigeria-American Lady named Ashley Adirika has joined the 3.2% of applicants to be accepted into the Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States.

Ashley Adirika who graduated from the Miami Beach Senior High School, Florida, United States has always dreamt of going to study at an Ivy League University. She, therefore, applied to all the ivy league universities in the United States.

When she opened her computer to check all her applications on Ivy Day, she was amazed to find out that all the Ivy League universities including Brown University, Columbia University, Dartmouth University, Harvard University, Penn University, Princeton University, and Yale University all accepted her and offered a scholarship worth over $4million.

The joy she felt along with her family was unquestionably sweet. She also received acceptance letters from Stanford University, Vanderbilt University, and Emory University.

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I just decided to shoot my shot at all of them and see if it would land. And I had no idea I would get accepted into all of them. On Ivy Day, I remember crying a lot and just being extremely surprised,” Ashely told CNN.

According to reports, the likelihood of being admitted to one of the elite universities ranges between three and eight percent. Since 2018, the United States most exclusive schools have accepted less than 12% of their applicants. In 2022, Yale took 4.5%, Columbia welcomed 3.7%, and Harvard greeted just 3.2% of its future pupils, the smallest number ever in the university’s history, according to CNN. 

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Ashley explained that after all the schools offered her admission, she decided to go to Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States to study government and dissect how policies can improve economic disparities in communities.

According to her while speaking with CNN, Harvard University had a better program for her choice of course. “Before the college application process, Yale was actually my top choice. But when I did further research for what I want to do specifically, which is explorations in policy and social policy and things of that nature, Harvard just had a better program,” she says.

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She appreciated everyone that contributed to her academic success. “I’m also extremely appreciative of every individual who has poured into me throughout my journey: family, educators, friends, mentors, coaches —- you all have had a profound impact on me,” she wrote on Instagram.

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