Jeremy Shuler, 12, is the youngest student ever to attend Cornell University.
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When he begins classes at Cornell University next week, Jeremy Shuler, 12, will become the youngest student on record to attend the upstate New York university.
The Texas pre-teen, an academic prodigy from Grand Prairie, graduated from Texas Tech University Independent School District this year, and was accepted into Cornell’s engineering program.
Jeremy is the son of two aerospace engineers and he learned to speak when he was only six months old. According to his mother Harrey Shuler, Jeremy was always advanced academically, he was reading Korean by the time he was 18 months old.
“He is a very advanced student for his age who already has demonstrated an incredible ability to learn at the collegiate level,” Cornell Engineering Dean Lance Collins said in a news release.
Jeremy has familial ties with the ivy league school. His father is an alum and his grand father is a professor in the school
Jeremy’s parents have already sold their Grand Prairie home in order to live in Ithaca and take care of their son while he’s in school. Jeremy was accepted under the condition he live with his parents. His father is an alum of the school and his grandfather is a professor there.
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“While this is highly unusual, we feel that with the strong support of his parents — who will be moving here to provide him a place to live and study — and his unusual talents and thirst for knowledge, he will be able to thrive as an engineering student and take advantage of all that Cornell has to offer,” Collins said.
In 2014, at 10, he took the SATs, and scored higher than 99.6% of that year’s test-takers. He also earned 800s on the math, physics, and chemistry SAT subject tests.
He then enrolled in the Texas Tech University Independent School District, an online program that allowed him to earn a high school diploma and apply to Cornell.
Jeremy’s parents, and school administrators, are confident he’s prepared for college.
“The chance for him to learn advanced math and physics will be really great to see. We love to see him grow, be challenged and excited about learning,” his father said.
The biggest challenge might be fitting in with other students, Shuler said.
“It will be a change … He will have to realize that he may not be the smartest person in the classroom anymore, but that will help him grow.”