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(Early) College Success Stories
"If these options for advancement had not been available to
students..., boredom and lazy learning habits could have developed, Davis
says, causing problems throughout their lives. Gifted students begin having
problems when their intelligence is mismatched with their curriculum..."
Sara Tennessen, in
Man on Campus
July 08, 2015
begins medical school by Chicago, Illinois (AP)
- Sho isn't in junior high. He's a first-year medical school student at the
University of Chicago, where he's the youngest ever to attend one of the
university's professional schools...
is youngest ever to enroll in University of North Texas' Honors College by
Amy Dodd Thompson, Denton Record-Chronicle
- s far as University of North Texas administrators can recall, Lauren Coker
is the only 14-year-old to ever enroll in the Honors College there. But her
older classmates don't intimidate the freshman, who says college has been
good for her. "It's probably the best environment
I've been in," Lauren said. Professors are open to questions and opinions,
she said, and she feels she's learning – and learning a lot – at a good pace...
senior defies doubts by Cynthia Boyd,
Twincities.com Pioneer Press
- There's no doubt he's smart. After all, he graduates fifth in his
class at Spring Lake Park High School on Saturday. He has a 3.9 grade point
average. He's taken a string of honors classes. He slam-dunked 11 college
courses. He's hitched a practically free ride to a respected, out-of-state
university. And -- oh, yeah -- he's only 14...
high school grad prepares for college this fall by Jennifer Beeler,
- Typically at the age of 15, teenagers are thinking about getting
through high school. But Annemarie Westphalen, 15, is picking out her
fall semester courses and thinking about decorating her dorm room at Hollins
University. Early on, her mother realized that Annemarie was unusually
intelligent for her age when she wrote and delivered a speech at her
preschool graduation. She even preferred to read books during nap time.
“She was smart,” Jeanne Westphalen recalled, “but we just had no idea...”
Okoye poised to join NFL by John Zenzor (AP)
- Louisville defensive tackle Amobi Okoye wants to be a top 5 pick in the
upcoming NFL draft, help his team to the Super Bowl as a rookie and do a
good job managing all that money. Being able to legally grab a beer with his
teammates will have to wait a couple of years. He started school at
age 2 1/2 , skipped sixth grade and entered high school in Huntsville at 12
after his family moved from Nigeria...
activity? Try college by Mark Clayton
- Christian Science Monitor: After lunch, he grabs a different pile of
textbooks and heads off to college... "I do miss out on stuff. But in
30 years it's not going to matter whether I missed my freshman dance or not.
Instead of flipping burgers, I'll be out making a difference."
has been no barrier to this freshman by Mitchell Milbourn
- Sarah Shive looks like a normal Marietta College student, but there is one
important fact most students do not know about her. Shive is a
thirteen-year-old child prodigy from a small town... Update from
Sarah's mom: Sarah completed law school at Ohio State Moritz College of Law
this spring, and this morning received word that she has passed the Ohio
Bar. She will be admitted to the Ohio State Bar on Nov 5 at the ripe old age
of 20. She had to petition the Supreme Court of Ohio for an exception since
she is not 21. Another success story!
math whiz, 18, earns master's degree from FAU and heads to Princeton
- Arie Israel isn't your typical doctoral candidate. He doesn't have a
bachelor's degree. He never received a high school diploma. In
fact, he's barely old enough to vote. But today, on his 18th birthday,
the Boca Raton whiz kid will get his master's degree in mathematics from
Florida Atlantic University. And next month, he will attend Princeton
University, where he will enroll in a math Ph.D. program. One of the world's
top mathematicians recommended him for the program. But Israel doesn't
see his accomplishment as any extraordinary feat...
bet lands kid in college at 12 by Marisa Shultz, The Detroit News
- When James Ellison turned 16 last month, his first drive was not to high
school -- but to the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where he's a junior
studying physics. Ellison is not your typical teen, although he
modestly says skipping five grades is attainable feat for other kids.
"It's just easy," said the Lincoln Park teen. "I don't understand why other
kids couldn't do the same thing." Ellison found himself in college at
age 12 because of boredom and a bet...
new BMOC: boy marvel on campus by Berny Morson,
Rocky Mountain News
- Thirteen-year-old Ryan Kramer isn't into model airplanes.
He wants to design real ones. In the fall, Kramer will
become one of the youngest students ever to enroll at the University of
Colorado, where he will major in aerospace engineering.
graduate in May as the youngest person to receive an aerospace engineering
degree in the US!
Entrance to College: Students' Stories by Paula Olszewski-Kubilius
- The essays that follow describe the fears, anxieties, hopes, problems, and
triumphs of 11 students who chose to go to college early... (requires
Eight-Year Evaluation of SMPY: What Was Learned? by Camilla Persson Benbow
and Julian C. Stanley
- We have examined the validity of SMPY's identification and educational
facilitation procedures by means of longitudinal research. These principles,
practices, and techniques were shown to be effective and transportable to
various settings. If there is a special lesson to be learned thus far, it is
that curricular flexibility, augmented by special fast-paced courses, can work
wonders for young, able, highly motivated students...
College When Most Begin by Jacques Steinberg
- In the fall, he will begin studying at Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship,
among the youngest recipients of the scholarship in at least two decades.
"He's just as typical as any 18-year-old," the father said.
"He's very mature, but he messes up, just as we all do, from time to
Years of Early Entrants: Predicting Successful Achievement in College by
Linda Brody, Susan Assouline, and Julian Stanley
- This study evaluated the achievements of 65 young entrants as beginning
undergraduates in a highly selective university. The group as a whole was
found to be quite successful. Compared to nonaccelerants, the early entrants
tended to graduate in a shorter period of time and earn more honors at
- THERE AREN'T many 16-year-olds who are PhD students. Meet Gábor Lukács.
The Hungarian-born teen is at York this year starting doctoral studies in
mathematics and statistics...
Rather be Here Than in High School An Interview with Carwil James, an
Early Entrant to Northwestern University
- Carwil's advice to students considering early entrance...
Solt: NJIT's Youngest Graduate by Robert Florida
- At 14, she took a physics course at NJIT and, later the same year, took
the SATs — “just for fun.” She scored 1450. At 15, Karisa was admitted, on
full scholarship, to NJIT’s Albert Dorman Honors College, where she majored in
biomedical engineering. At 18, she finished her class work and became the
youngest student ever to graduate from NJIT....
on Campus By Cristina Rouvalis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- Any 13-year-old is a walking contradiction, a tug between adult and
childlike urges. But when you start college at the newsmaking age of 12, the
contradictions are even more startling. Jessica's mom says "They
are ready for college. Colleges don't accept them if they are not
Man on Campus by Sara Tennessen
- They come to college in search of knowledge they cannot find in their high
schools, middle schools or even elementary schools. And although these kids
are sometimes a little shorter and a lot smarter than their classmates, they
are accepted as peers and welcome the challenges they encounter...
and Work: The Legacy of Early University Entrance by Kathleen D. Noble,
Robert C. Vaughan, Christina Chan, Sarah Childers, Bryan Chow, Ariel Federow,
and Sean Hughes
- Early university entrants do not fit the stereotype of the socially
isolated, unhappy “nerd.” Yes, they value intelligence highly. Yes, they
seek a high degree of intellectual satisfaction and challenge in all aspects
of their lives, both personal and professional. Yet overall the participants
in this study revealed themselves to be well-rounded, balanced individuals...
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- More About "Young
Entrants to College: How Did They Fare?" by Julian C. Stanley and Ann M.
- Do students who enter college two or more years younger than the typical
age develop well academically, socially, and emotionally? Do persons who
graduate from college three or more years younger than the typical age prosper
thereafter? Generally, results were quite favorable for both groups,
perhaps somewhat more for the young graduates...
Prodigy to Graduate by Lisa Klinonsky
- At 16, is youngest member of senior class at U-M... Today, eight
years after he first played for U-M music faculty, 16-year-old Cullen
recently played his final recital for his teachers
Family Spans a Century at Carnegie Mellon
- On the surface, Emilie Phillips looks no different than other Carnegie
Mellon students, but two things distinguish her from her fellow graduates:
She's the fourth generation of her family to graduate from Carnegie Mellon and
she's only 18 years old...
Genius by Benjamin Potter
- It’s a story almost worthy of Hollywood. In fact, similar tales have
been spun with typical West Coast dazzle, where gifted children often are
depicted as frail recluses, robot-like super-geeks or bumbling social misfits. Twelve-year-old Alex Brueggeman,
however, has a cheery disposition that lacks the drama of the silver screen.
Instead, he lives a well-balanced life that includes attending The University
Went to College Early by The Fund for the Advancement of Education (1957)
- Reviews the Program for Early Admission to College of the Fund for the
Advancement of Education. Includes details on the colleges, the
students, academic performance, social and emotional adjustment, and more...
Diliman Class of 2007 has 8 top honors (UP Diliman Information Office),
- Mikaela Irene D. Fudolig, BS Physics with a GWA of 1.099, will lead the
top honors. She will also deliver the valedictory address on behalf of the
graduating class. Only 16 years old, Fudolig is the youngest student
to be graduated by the University in the recent years and one of only two
admitted to UPD without a high school diploma and without taking the UP
College Admission Test... Also read
College life begins @ 11
do you go when you're too smart for school? by Bob Braun,
- To have a profoundly gifted child, the Killpack family of Highland Park
has learned, is a joy mixed with problems. "We'd be happy to find a school
that meets his needs," says Daniel Killpack. He and his wife of 19
years, Patricia, are parents of Dakota, a 14-year-old young man who has been
out of school nearly all his life -- until he enrolled at Middlesex County
College and earned an associate's degree. Dakota started college at 9,
youngest professor can’t legally drink by Bob Considine, on the TODAY
- Alia Sabur, a prodigy in many ways, says she wants to share her knowledge...
16 -- and a grad student by Carrie Stetler, The
Star-Ledger. She read at 8 months. Now she's the nation's youngest doctoral candidate.
"Everyone is always surprised when they talk to me," says Alia, a Long Island
native. "I'm not weird or quiet or showing you how amazingly smart I am."
For Alia, college was a relief. "People were very respectful and accepting,"
she said. "They weren't patronizing." Older articles:
14, she's working for a Ph.D. in engineering, Teen is musically talented, too.
and Unique Circumstance: SUNY prodigy, 14, all set to graduate by Olivia
Gifted and Skipping High School: Va. College Feeds Academic Cravings by
Maria Glod, Washington Post
- The school [Mary Baldwin College] offers students as young as 12 a
jump-start on college in one of the leading programs of its kind. It also
gives brainy girls a chance to be with others like them. By all accounts,
they are ready for the leap socially and emotionally, and they crave it
law school grad skips the bars and tries to pass the bar instead by Bob
Pool, Los Angeles Times
- At an age when most of her peers are just finishing high school and
heading to college, Kathleen Holtz is already punching the clock at a
Century City law firm. She has no doubts about acing July's grueling
law exam -- the final hurdle to becoming a bona fide lawyer. "I felt the bar
exam went very well," she said. That kind of bravado can be expected
from someone who started college (Cal State LA) at age 10 and entered law
school at 15.
18-Year-Old Kathleen Holtz Passes the California Bar
man on campus: For 13-year-old college student, it's all adding up by
Susan Chaityn Lebovits (Boston Globe)
- For most of his life, 13 year-old Roland Liu has been an outsider in
school. That changed this month when he moved on campus to the Franklin W.
Olin College of Engineering to begin his freshman year. Despite being half a
decade younger than the other freshmen, Liu said he finally feels like he
Mr. Smith Goes to College by Jennifer Lenhart (Washington Post)
- It was the first day of the fall semester at Randolph-Macon, and Greg, a
10-year-old who only three years ago started second grade, was eager to
begin his freshman year
Teen College Students Report Happiness on WSB TV
- Students who entered college when they were 12 to 14 years old don't fit
the stereotype of unhappy "nerds" who are humorless, isolated misfits,
according to a new study. University of Washington research paints a
different and much more positive and multi-faceted portrait of these gifted
students. "In reality they are extremely versatile, interested, interesting
and sociable," ...
trees bear fruit in China's program for gifted teens
- They are a group of prodigies who have skipped years of primary and even
secondary school education to enter college at a tender age -- mostly under 15
and the youngest at 11. Most of them have continued to amaze the world
with flying colors later on, academically and professionally...