Now, 17-year-old Kwasi Enin, of Shirley, has a tough decision ahead of him after he was accepted at all of them.
Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Yale and the University of Pennsylvania all said yes.
Enin's teachers at William Floyd High School in Mastic are not surprised, calling him the ideal student.
He posted near perfect scores on the SATs his Advanced Placement exams, and he's also an athlete and singer.
He scored 2,250 out of 2,400 on the SAT, which places him in the 99th percentile for all students taking the exam.
He has surpassed the accomplishments of some of his uncles and cousins, who were accepted to several Ivies.
Kwasi hasn't decided which college he'll attend, although he says he is leaning towards Yale. He's waiting to see what kind of financial aid he is offered.
Once he does decide where to go to college, he wants to study medicine.
Kwasi lives in a modest Shirley home with his family, where now the media is watching his every move. That's because the 17 year old has essentially won the golden ticket when it comes to college admission.
"I simply thought I would apply to all eight, I knew it was crazy but I hoped I would get one or two but they all came and I said there was no way," Kwasi said.
Not just any eight. He got into the most prestigious universities in the country. At William Floyd High, students were beaming with pride, overwhelmed that one of their own is now part of the elite group.
Harvard, for example, accepted a mere 2,023 students this fall out of more than 34,000 kids who applied.
"He tried so hard and he deserves everything, it's well deserved," said William Floyd senior Nicole Boyle.
At his school, to call Kwasi an overachiever would be an understatement. He's an athlete, a shot putter, and is a member of the orchestra.
Pride, appreciation and thankfulness, all words Kwasi says apply to the people who helped him get here, to this incredible point.
"From the ones that gave me the idea, to helped with the essays, all your teachers helping with the grades and whatnot," Kwasi said.