High School Student Is Accepted to 23 Historically Black Colleges

This time of year, high school seniors are getting their college acceptance letters, and making probably the biggest decision of their lives about where they will attend school in the fall.

For one Chicago high school student, the odds are definitely in her favor. Ariyana Davis, applied to 24 colleges, 23 of which were historically black colleges, and was accepted to all of them. She was able to apply to almost two dozen HBCUs due to the Common Black College Application, that allows students to apply to up to 50 HBCUs for just a $35 application fee.

The 18-year-old told ABC News it was important for her to attend a Black college “because they are known for producing successful black professionals.”

“It was important to go to an institution that feels like home,” said Davis.

She applied to Eastern Illinois University, a predominantly White institution and was accepted as well.

Not only has Davis gotten into 24 schools, she’s also received $300, 000 in financial aid from the colleges and it has made her feel “really grateful.”

Davis, who is a senior at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, will be a second-generation college student. The young lady has also made a decision about what school she will be attending in the fall–Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi.

“I love the family-oriented environment and close-knitted community, and the opportunity they will provide to me when I join the honors courses,” Davis said of her future school.

Davis, who will be majoring in accounting,  gives credit to her high school and its college preparatory courses for her current opportunities.

The high school’s learning resource coordinator, Julianne Alvarado, told ABC News about Davis, saying, “I’ve seen her grow, and change, and mature and now that she has this goal for after high school…she went for it. She’s very well organized and follows through with things.”