Ronald Nelson Turns Down All 8 Ivy League Schools to Attend University of Alabama

Ronald Nelson

Ronald Nelson is book-smart, but also money-smart with an eye for long-term thinking it seems.

The high school senior was accepted to all eight Ivy League schools, but opted to turn them all down, as well as other prestigious schools like Stanford and Johns Hopkins, to accept a full scholarship at the University of Alabama, Business Insider reports.

Nelson said it took a lot of “soul searching,” but ultimately he decided it was for the best.

The brilliant senior had a GPA of 4.58, and scored 2260 out of 2400 on his SAT, as well as a 34 out of 36 on his ACT. He also completed 15 Advanced Placement courses, so naturally he wasn’t short on college acceptances.

However, none of the Ivy League or other prestigious schools offered him any merit-based scholarships, and Nelson didn’t see them as being worth the financial strain, especially considering the fact that he has plans to attend medical school afterward.

“With people being in debt for years and years, it wasn’t a burden that Ronald wanted to take on, and it wasn’t a burden that we wanted to deal with for a number of years after undergraduate,” his father, Ronald Nelson Sr., explained. “We can put that money away and spend it on his medical school, or any other graduate school.”

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Source: The Root | 

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