Va. student gets accepted into all 8 Ivy League schools

When 17-year-old Pooja Chandrashekar applied to college, she filled out a lot of applications. She was being careful.

"I wanted to get into at least one," she said. "I wanted to have at least a few choices."

With a GPA of 4.57, she had set herself up for good news and the acceptances started rolling in.

Brown, Harvard, Columbia, Dartmouth, Yale, Princeton, Penn and Cornell.

"I was really surprised after each one and it just kept getting more surprising," Pooja told us. "I was like, ‘Wait, I got into all eight.' I think Yale was the last one I opened and I was like 'Oh, my God. I got into all eight!'"

According to Pooja, her parents "were freaking out."

She said she has maintained balance despite being a student Fairfax County's prestigious Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

"I don't think I studied too much," said Pooja. "I think I studied enough and I also found time to do a lot of things I enjoy."

Like creating an app that helps diagnose Parkinson's disease by detecting vocal tremors.

"You basically open the app and you speak into it," she said. "You speak a long vowel sound for around 10 to 15 seconds. It can diagnose with 96 percent accuracy."

She is also CEO of a non-profit called ProjectCSGIRLS that encourages girls to choose careers in math, science and technology.

"There's a stereotype that exists of this male programmer sitting alone in his basement coding away," said Pooja.

She has narrowed her choices to Harvard, Stanford and Brown. She has to make a final decision by May 1.

She hopes to major in biomedical engineering and eventually go to medical school.

"Really work at that intersection of health care technology and business," she told us.

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