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Would You Turn Down Going To A Ivy League School For Alabama


Not many people have the opportunity to be accepted to all eight Ivy League schools.  It’s so rare that only eight high school seniors in 2015 were accepted to all eight Ivy League schools.  Six of the eight are going to one of the Ivy League schools, one instead is going to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and one is going to, the University of Alabama.  The reason, financial reasons.

Ronald Nelson will be graduating from Houston High School in Tennessee this month.  He has a 4.58 weighted GPA, scored 34 out of 36 on the ACT and 2260 out of 2400 on the SAT.  Along with the high scores, he is also the senior class president, a National Merit Scholar, and National Achievement Scholar.  Not only he turned down all eight Ivy League schools, he also turned down offers from other great schools like Stanford, Johns Hopkins, New York University, Vanderbilt, and more.  So why is he going to Alabama?

The reason is because Alabama is going to give him a full ride scholarship, hefty stipend, and an iPad under their Fellows Experience program, which is part of their honors college.  The program sees around 1,000 applicants each year and only around 8 to 10 people get accepted each year. Nelson has already visited the campus several times and met with other students in the Fellows Experience.  He was sold on the Tuscaloosa campus and the program.

This is a very smart move!  If Nelson wanted to go to an Ivy League school, he would have to take on a lot of student loans.  Now, he won’t have to worry about those loans and he will get a good education at the University of Alabama.  Nelson has plans to go into medical school after his first four years at Alabama. You have to believe some school will help him out with those school costs as well.  Congrats Ronald Nelson, and welcome to Alabama!

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