Homeschooled 12-Year-Old Becoming The Youngest Student Cornell University Has Ever Admitted

There are smart children, and then there are very smart children! Jeremy Schuler falls into the group of very smart children.

At just 12 years of age he will enter Cornell University, in Texas. If things go according to plan, Jeremy will – at the age of 16 – be the youngest person to graduate there.

Jeremy is the son of two aerospace engineers, his dad Andy being employed at Lockheed Martin.

Jeremy’s genius began to manifest itself very early, with the baby being able to speak at just 6 months. By just 18 months he could read Korean. At 8 years old Jeremy began working on the high school curriculum while being homeschooled.

A 12-year-old who started studying calculus aged 6 has become the youngest Cornell University freshman in the Ivy School's history
A 12-year-old who started studying calculus aged 6 has become the youngest Cornell University freshman in the Ivy School’s history
Jeremy Shuler is the home-schooled child of two aerospace engineers, Andy (left) and Harrey (right) from Grand Prairie, Texas, and started reading books in English and Korean aged two
Jeremy Shuler is the home-schooled child of two aerospace engineers, Andy (left) and Harrey (right) from Grand Prairie, Texas, and started reading books in English and Korean aged two

“From the beginning, he was physically advanced, very strong,” his mother, Harrey, said. “We were concerned about him socializing with other kids.”

“At the playground he was freaked out by other kids running around screaming. But when we took him to Math Circle and math camp, he was very social.”

“He needed someone with similar interests.”

 Jeremy 
Jeremy walks to meet an advisor on campus in Ithaca. His mum and dad moved to upstate New York to help him attend Cornell

When he turned 10 years old he was placed in the 99.6 percentile for students bound for college. Jeremy will matriculate with course credits for seven subjects.

Jeremy has been homeschooled from the moment his parents realised that their son was gifted in knowledge, and has considered his homeschooling the best decision his parents could have made for him.

Jeremy's read a book called 'Journey Through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics aged five and begun studying calculus a year later
Jeremy’s read a book called ‘Journey Through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics aged five and begun studying calculus a year later
But with his bowl-cut hair, cherubic face and frequent happy laughter, Jeremy is clearly still a child despite his advanced intelligence
But with his bowl-cut hair, cherubic face and frequent happy laughter, Jeremy is clearly still a child despite his advanced intelligence

The plans are for Jeremy to continue working towards his doctorate, which he should achieve by the time he is 21. This is when most students are nearing the end of their bachelor’s degrees.

Lance Collins from Cornell Engineering says that the school is looking forward to welcoming Jeremy, and will be pleased to work with him.

“It’s risky to extrapolate, but if you look at his trajectory and he stays on course, one day he’ll solve some problem we haven’t even conceived of,” he said. “That’s pretty exciting.”

For the future, Jeremy plans to just keep on learning. 'I want to pursue a career in academia,' he said
For the future, Jeremy plans to just keep on learning. ‘I want to pursue a career in academia,’ he said

Although it is a very unusual situation Collins agrees that Jeremy will get all the support he needs. His parents will be moving close to the school in order for him to have a place to stay. They will also provide Jeremy with a study area where he may set out to achieve his goals.

“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 an interview with Texas Tech University.

The school is sure that with his positive attitude and thirst for knowledge, Jeremy will be able to take full advantage of all that Cornell has to offer.

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