12-year-old is youngest Ivy League university student on record
A 12-year-old boy is Cornell University's youngest enrolled student ever.
Jeremy Shuler, whose parents recognized his exceptional gift from an early age, is currently a freshman at Cornell, taking courses like multivariable calculus, while his peers are in middle school.
Shuler's parents, two aerospace engineers, found out their son could read books both in English and Korean when he was only two years old, according to ABC News.
At the age of 10, Shuler proved that he was college-ready after receiving high test scores on the SAT and other placement tests.
The home-schooled boy's parents didn't mind relocating to Ithaca, N.Y., where Cornell University is located, with his father transferring from the Lockheed Martin aerospace company in Texas to its location in upstate New York, Cornell Engineering Dean Lance Collins told ABC News.
But despite their full support, Shuler's parents were worried their child wouldn't fit in a college campus environment, where nearly all students are at least five years older than him, according to his mother.
However, Shuler was happy to have finally met people with similar interests, and he is a mini-celebrity on campus. He is socializing with other math enthusiasts and enjoying his newfound fame.