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That's not true
Tue Sep 4, 2007 11:24pm
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Sho Yano was admitted to a Ph.D./M.D. program at the University of Chicago (this is a program that is fully funded and I believe might also have a stipend). I'm pretty sure it's tougher to get admitted into any American Ph.D./M.D. program than to get into Brown (or perhaps even Harvard). But maybe you meant top colleges as in undergraduate school rather than graduate programs, in which case...

William Sidis entered Harvard at age 11.

Corey Cerovsek entered Indiana University at age 12 to study violin (and according to my father, a child prodigy in NYC who was admitted to Juilliard and played first violin in an orchestra till around age 80, that university is equal to Juilliard in its violin training/music training).

Merrill Kenneth Wolf got his bachelor's from Yale when he was "just barely 14" and so I am guessing he started there at 12 or earlier (and his IQ score was 182 according to an online article, just to show that a 200+ is likely necessary to get admitted to top schools quite young).

Cotton Mather entered Harvard at age 12 and graduated at age 15.

I'm pretty sure I've read of others who were accepted into an Ivy or equivalent school full-time by age 12, but that's all I can come up with tonight.

  • ReasonHanna, Tue Sep 4 11:27am
    I have seen him on TV and he seems to have all the attributes you mention. I don't question his intelligence or well-roundedness, but I have never heard of an Ivy or equivalent school accepting a... more
    • That's not true — GG, Tue Sep 4 11:24pm
      • Re: That's not trueHanna, Wed Sep 5 6:30am
        Firstly, I am speaking of undergrad, secondly, I am speaking of recent history. Thirdly, I am speaking of a top ranked school. Sidis attended Harvard in the early 1900s. Wolf graduated Yale in 1945,... more
      • Oh, and I should add...GG, Tue Sep 4 11:27pm
        that it is very rare for a student 12 and under to *apply* to a top college, so you wouldn't expect many to be admitted. For one thing, most families would have to move for the child to attend a top... more
        • Sorry...names of early college gradsmcubed, Thu Sep 6 4:37pm
          Chi-Bin Chien, Ph.D. (b. 1965); B.A. 1981, Johns Hopkins University Erik Demaine, started college courses at 12, and received his doctorate at 20 and at the same age Steve Lu:Started studying at... more
          • Re: Sorry...names of early college gradsHanna, Thu Sep 6 7:16pm
            The only one you mentioned that bolsters your argument is Chien and as GG mentioned, we don't know how old he was when he began. As an aside, that was over a quarter of a century ago. I read... more
            • The age must not be anything above 15GG, Thu Sep 6 11:22pm
              http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070902/ap_on_re_us/young_ivy_leaguer That's a story about a 15-year-old girl who started at an Ivy college on Wednesday (of this year, not 40 years ago). But clearly some ... more
              • Re: The age must not be anything above 15Hanna, Fri Sep 7 6:38am
                I will try to find it, I have been Googling ---, as far as this girl, she is 15 and 1/2 which is, as you say, a different animal from a 12 year old.
          • Hanna has a point, thoughGG, Thu Sep 6 6:30pm
            Did Chi-Bin Chien start college at 12 or earlier? He graduated at 15 years, 7 months of age, but he might have finished his degree in under 2.5 years (it's not typical by any means, but some have... more
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