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Nigerian teen sought by 8 Ivy League colleges picks Harvard

HARVARD-BOUND: Victor Agbafe, 17, was drawn in by presentation at the prestigious institute

THE SON of a Nigerian immigrant who was accepted into eight Ivy League colleges in America has chosen to attend Harvard.

Student Victor Agbafe, 17, spent the week touring some of the most exclusive universities in the world ahead of making his decision, including Harvard, Yale and Stanford, after he was admitted to all 14 colleges he applied to this year.

However, Agbafe, a student at Cape Fear Academy in Wilmington, North Carolina, chose the 379-year-old institute following a presentation by Harvard President Drew Faust and Harvard Dean of Admissions William Fitzsimmons.

The administrators, he said, seemed very genuine about the potential Class of 2019 members making their own decision of where to attend.

"They didn't try to push, push, sell, sell," Agbafe said. "They really told us more about the opportunities they had to offer. It wasn't about them trying to sell us on a brand."

Agbafe said this was different from the presentation he saw at other universities, such as Stanford.

"I just remember that they would compare it — 'We have this and that school in Cambridge can't offer you that,'" he said.

As soon as he stepped onto Harvard's campus, he thought: "Wow, this is just a very vibrant place.

"In Cambridge, there was so much going on, both on the campus and off of it," he told Business Insider. "I felt like when I was on campus that it was the place for me, that the atmosphere and the people I was talking to were the most intellectual."

Agbafe, who plans to double major in microbiology along with government or economics, said he was particularly excited to work with Harvard's Institute of Politics, as well as Phillips Brooks House, a student-run community service group.

The teen credits his mother, a Nigerian immigrant and physician, for setting a good example for him, according to WECT.

His mother, Dorothy Agbafe-Mosley, said: “For God to crown his effort with success is just something that is just beyond me.”

Another high school student, Nigerian-born Harold Ekeh of Long Island, was also accepted into all eight Ivy League schools.

Ekeh, 18, was editor of his student paper and CEO of the Model UN.

He moved from moved from Nigeria to Long Island at the age of eight, got a 2270 on his SATs and also has plans to be a neurosurgeon so he can find an Alzheimer's cure for his grandmother.

The eight Ivy League schools are Yale, Harvard, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Pennsylvania and Princeton.

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