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.

Related Articles


  1. 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. 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!

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Alcorn State University Recruited for Federal Student Pathway Program for Careers in Public Service

The Pathway Public Service Program was established in 2019 to develop the next generation of diverse, qualified, and motivated public health servants. Over the past five years, the program has hired over 100 student interns.

Five Black Scholars Selected for New Faculty Positions

The five Black scholars who aer taking on new roles are Khadene Harris at Rice University in Houston, Nakia Melecio at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Bettina Drake at Washington University in St. Louis, Arlette Ngoubene Atioky at Goucher College in Maryland, and Kandi Hill-Clarke at the University of Memphis.

Getty Images to Preserve Digital Photo Archives at Delaware State University

Currently, Delaware State University's photo archives contain thousands of photographs taken over the course of the university's 133 year history. Thanks to a new partnership with Getty Images, those images will be digitized and made available on

Porché Spence Recognized for Outstanding Commitment to Advancing Diversity in Ecology

Dr. Spence currently serves as an assistant professor of environmental studies at North Carolina A&T State University. Throughout her career, she has developed several educational programs geared towards introducing students of color to environmental science fields.

Featured Jobs