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Baby Geniuses: 10 Youngest College Students Of All Time – Part 1


12-year-olds Jeremy Shuler and Cendikiawan (Diki) Suryaatmadja will be college freshmen this year at Cornell University and at the University of Waterloo, respectively. They are two of the growing number of pre-teens who will be going to college this year.

TeachThought.com collated a list of the 10 youngest college students of all time. Some of these kids went on to earn their PhDs before they are even old enough to vote. Check out their stories below.

1. Michael Kearney

At four years old, he aced the John Hopkins diagnostic for a math test without studying for it beforehand. He graduated from high school at six and, that same year, enrolled at the Santa Rosa Junior College. He was diagnosed with ADHD.

2. Moshe Kai Cavalin

He enrolled at East Los Angeles College when he was eight years old and graduated in 2009 with a whopping 4.0 GPA and full honors. "I consider myself a regular kid who works hard and does his best," he told NBC News.

3. Alia Sabur

Alia surprised her parents when she showed them that she could read when she was only eight months old. She graduated summa cum laude at Stony Brook University when she was just 10 years old. She holds the Guinness world record for being the youngest full university professor - she was appointed to the faculty of Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea when she was 18 years old.

4. Adragon De Mello

He was vigorously mentored by his father at an early age, with the dream that he would become a Nobel Prize laureate by 16. He completed his bachelor's degree in computational mathematics at the University of California Santa Cruz when he was just 11 years old. His parents' separation gave him the chance to have a normal life, the one thing that he craved.

5. Gregory Smith

Smith finished his elementary school education in just one year, high school in two. By 10, he was enrolled at Randolph-Macon College. He graduated with honors at 13. He has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize four times.

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