New Zealand teenager accepted into seven prestigious US colleges

Aadi Golchha has dreamed of going to an Ivy League college in the US since he was 14 years old.

And that dream is now a reality, although the 17-year-old wasn't just accepted into one college - he received acceptance letters from no fewer than seven US universities.

Having initially received four rejection letters, Golchha said he thought the dream was over - until the good news started rolling in.

"Now that I've got a couple of acceptances I think it's going to be a tricky decision," a humble Golchha told AM.

"I'm yet to make up my mind and decide on one in particular."

Golchha said Yale and Stanford were obvious choices but he also received acceptance letters from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, the University of California, Illinois' Northwestern University, Texas' Rice University and Vanderbilt in Tennessee.

He's not sure what he's going to study yet but knows it'll either be in economics, computer science or financial technology.

"The beauty of the liberalised college is that you get until maybe your second year to decide on a major so going into it with an open mind, and hopefully I'll see where the road takes me," Golchha said.

Aside from being academically gifted, Golchha has already written and self-published a book, hosts a podcast speaking to the world's top economists and runs his own charity helping disadvantaged children get access to equipment for learning and developing a passion for music.

Aadi Golchha.
Aadi Golchha. Photo credit: AM

Golchha believed his extra-curricular activities played a big part in his successful applications.

"At the end of the day, I think the admissions process tends to be so random and the acceptance rates are so low… it could've easily gone the other way.   

"I've definitely been really lucky - I've had the support of my parents, my school Ormiston Senior College… just some really amazing people that have worked with me in the journey," he said.