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Aug 14 2016
by Madeleine Williamson

Meet Cornell’s 12-Year-Old Freshman

By Madeleine Williamson - Aug 14 2016

Twelve-year-old Jeremy Shuler and his parents will move from Texas to Ithaca, New York this summer. Changing schools isn't unusual, but Jeremy’s transition will be unique. He'll enter Cornell University as a freshman this fall, USA Today reported Thursday.

Shuler will be Cornell’s youngest-ever student. Students have graduated from Cornell at 18, but he’ll be their youngest ever at 16. He got an early start on his education. Homeschooled by aerospace engineer mom Harrey, he completed high school at 11. He’ll enter Cornell with some classes knocked out of the way already. Shuler aced seven AP exams at the tender age of 10, including chemistry and calculus.

Jeremy will live with his parents while enrolled at Cornell. He plans to major in applied engineering and engineering physics and minor in mathematics.

“While this is highly unusual, we feel that with the strong support of his parents and his unusual talents and thirst for knowledge, he will be able to thrive and take advantage of all that Cornell has to offer,” engineering Dean Lance Collins said.

Shuler won’t be the first Cornell student in the family. His father Andy, also an aerospace engineer, graduated in 1980 with an engineering degree. After graduation, Shuler hopes to work in academia.

Lead Image Credit: Erik Jaeger via Flickr Creative Commons

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Madeleine Williamson - DePaul University

Madeleine Williamson is a freshman at DePaul University majoring in journalism and minoring in political science and Spanish. She loves tea, stationery and exploring her new hometown of Chicago.

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