High schooler accepted at 116 colleges chooses Eureka College

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EUREKA, Ill. (HOI) — A Louisiana high school student who went viral after she was accepted at 116 colleges and receiving nearly $4 million in scholarships is choosing Eureka College.

Antoinette Love, a senior at International High School in New Orleans, submitted applications to 116 colleges, and was accepted at every institution to which she applied.

“I chose Eureka College because I feel like it is the best place for me to thrive and do great things as a future teacher,” said Love. “I want to attend a small school where professors know me, and at Eureka, even the President knows me.”

Love is pursuing a career in elementary school education.

Eureka College, located in Eureka, was chartered in 1855. The college was the first in Illinois to admit men and women equally. The school is perhaps best known as the alma mater of Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States.

“It is with great honor and relief that I’m proud to say Antoinette will call Eureka College her home for the next four years as she continues on her great path of knowledge, and growth. The smallest school to ever graduate a US president has proven itself to be a great fit in helping Antoinette become the great teacher and leader I know she will be,” said Antoinette’s mother, Yolanda.

“After getting to know Antoinette over several conversations and learning more of her interests, it is abundantly clear that Eureka College is the place where she will thrive and be able to pursue all of her passions in the type of highly personalized and caring environment she and her family desire,” said Eureka College President Jamel Santa Cruze Wright. “We are proud of Antoinette’s accomplishments and couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome her and the Love family to our uniquely Eureka community that I am certain will exceed her expectations as much as I expect her to exceed ours.”

Love will be a first-generation college student. She earned a 3.7 GPA in high school, was involved in the National Honor Society, English Honor Society, and Rho Kappa social studies honor society, as well as the anime and video game clubs.

Tim Shelley

Tim Shelley

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