A 17-year-old senior in Houston has the enviable challenge of deciding which college to attend this fall. He was accepted by 20 top schools ― all that he applied to, and all on full-ride scholarships.
Micheal Brown’s list includes Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern, Georgetown and the University of Michigan.
Micheal’s credentials include a 4.68 grade-point average, an ACT score of 34 out of 36, an SAT score of 1540 out of 1600, and outside activities like his school debate team, Key Club and various internships.
Although Micheal learned of his application sweep back in December, the news went viral recently after he posted a video on YouTube showing his reaction to the news that 20 top universities wanted him to be part of their student body.
Micheal said his academic achievement was inspired by his mother, Berthinia Rutledge-Brown.
“When I was in elementary school, I saw my mom graduate from community college and that just meant a lot to me,” he told Houston station KHOU-TV.
Micheal has until May 1 to decide which school he’ll attend. His mom told The New York Times she’s hoping he picks Stanford, because it’s been his top choice since he was young. Harvard, however, might be the best fit, she said.
Micheal said he plans to major in political science and eventually become a lawyer. He also wants to do his best to help other students of color.
“For me, it’s important to highlight that I’m not the only student of color who is achieving,” he told CNN, adding that he has been helped by organizations like QuestBridge, Emerge Fellowship and Breakthrough Collaborative, which provide students from low-income communities information about higher education options.
“I want people to be informed and get access to these same programs,” he said.