12-Year-Old Genius Gets Recruited By Georgia Tech

CBS This Morning

There are smart people, and then there are geniuses. Many of us probably consider ourselves smart, but even the people at the top of their class usually graduate from high school and college with students their own age.

Caleb Anderson is only 12-years-old, yet he has been taking college classes for a year. His parents knew he was extra smart when he was just a toddler. At the age of 1, he was reading, and at 2 he was going to 1st grade.

Anderson isn’t only smart, he’s also humble. In fact, he doesn’t think he’s extra smart. Instead, he says, “I’m not really smart; I just grasp information quickly, so if I learn quicker than I can get ahead faster.”

That sounds pretty smart to us.

Currently, Anderson is attending college at Chattahoochee Technical College, but his parents want to make sure he attends a school that is a good fit for him. Recently, they toured Georgia Tech, and it sounds like he is almost guaranteed admission into the School of Aerospace Engineering. 

Watch the video below to hear about some of the challenges Anderson has faced because he is different and to hear his parents’ hopes for his future, which go beyond academics.

While on his tour of Georgia Tech, Anderson got to take a tour of the school’s labs. He also got to meet Ángel Cabrera, the school’s president. The school thinks Anderson would be a perfect fit.

Many viewers are praising not only Anderson but also his parents. One comment reads, “He is humble, well mannered, and yes, he is very smart. And did you hear what his mother said? Not bragging, not pretentious… She just wants him to be a good husband, a good father, a good friend… That’s why Caleb is the way he is. Good job parents.”

Another viewer wrote, “What a uplifting story of a couple of awesome parents who love their children and see what is “different” in him and expanded on it instead of stifling it because it isn’t what is “normal”. Sounds like his parents will be their to guide him through this college situation so that he won’t feel like his that anomaly he felt in middle school. Great job parents! And awesome job Caleb Anderson!”

Attending college as a tween is certainly unusual, but if anyone is up for the challenge, it certainly seems like it is Caleb Anderson!