Top 10 Youngest College Graduates in the USA


Thousands of students go to college annually, and some go on to become famous contributors to society in various fields, but there are also college students who gain fame just when they’re starting college.

Youngest Students to Graduate From U.S. Colleges:

Michael Kevin Kearney

Kearney, at a young age, was diagnosed with ADHD, but his parents refused to give him Ritalin. This didn’t hinder his education, though, because in 1990, Kearney had attended San Marin High School in California for just one year, graduating at six years of age.

By the time he was eight, Kearney was already a graduate of San Rosa Junior College, with an Associate of Science degree in Geology.

Over the years, Kearney received a couple more degrees. In 1994, he had a bachelor’s degree in anthropology at the University of South Alabama.

At the age of fourteen, he graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a master’s degree in biochemistry.

It didn’t end there. He went to Vanderbilt University in 1996, taught a couple of classes, and received another master’s degree, this time in computer science. And when Kearny turned twenty-two, he received a doctorate in chemistry.

Tanishq Abraham

In 2015, Abraham graduated from American River College, California at the age of eleven. The college spokesperson, Scott Crow said,

“The assumption is that he’s the all-time youngest… We don’t have all the archives… but he was definitely the youngest this year.”

Abraham had graduated from high school at age ten, and before that, was home schooled because he was “bored”.

When he was four-years-old, the prodigy had joined MENSA, the largest and old organization for people who score, at the least, the 98th percentile rank in standardized IQ tests.

Last year, Abraham graduated with three associate degrees in math and physical science, general science, and language studies.

Moshe Kai Cavalin

Cavalin, at the young age of eight, had already been enrolled at East Los Angeles College, graduating at age eleven, with a 4.0 GPA.

Years after, when he was fifteen, went to study in the University of California, Los Angeles  (UCLA) and graduated with a degree in math. Soon after, he began taking courses in cybersecurity through the online classes at Boston’s Brandeis University.

Unfortunately, he had to postpone his pursuit – in favor of helping NASA develop surveillance technology.

Alia Sabur

Sabur was so smart, and her teachers were so impressed that they told her parents she could go straight to college. That’s exactly what she did, from 4th grade middle school, she went on to receive a degree program at Stony Brook University when she was only ten years old.

She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics, went on to Drexel University in Philadelphia to complete a PhD in engineering, which she had started studying at age fourteen.

Sabur is known, worldwide, as the youngest full-time professor when she was working at Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea at only eighteen years of age.

Aside from that, Sabur had also won awards from NASA, the Department of Defense, the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need, and the National Science Foundation.

Adragon De Mello

At only eleven years of age, De Mello had already completed a bachelor’s degree in computational mathematics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

He earned a PhD and won a Nobel Prize before he even turned eighteen, but the pressure took a toll on his personal life. His father had been driving him to studying harder and harder. Eventually, his parents divorced.

Right now, De Mello plans on pursuing a career as a commercial estimator for a painting company.

Gregory Smith

At age five, Smith’s IQ test showed that the boy’s results were “off the bell curve”. In just one year, Smith had jumped from 2nd to 8th grade, and completing Algebra 1 in only ten weeks. He finished the entire high school curriculum in only twenty-two months.

He went to college when he was ten-years-old, and graduated with honors – Cum Laude, with a major in Mathematics, and minors in History and Biology three years later. Smith is a two-time nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Sho Yano

Yano has one of the highest IQs in the world, measured at 200. It’s no surprise then that he dominated his SATs with a score of 1500 (out of 1600) when he was just eight years old.

When he turned twelve, he graduated from the Loyola University Chicago and went on to join the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Chicago to work on his MD and PhD in molecular genetics and cell biology.

He finally completed his PhD at eighteen years of age, and then became the youngest student to ever receive an MD from the University of Chicago, at age twenty-one.

Kathleen Holtz

In 2007, Holtz gained national fame when she became the youngest lawyer in the entire country, having passed the bar, and completing all her legal training by the age of eighteen.

Before that, Holtz graduated from California State University in Los Angeles at ten-years-old, as a Magna Cum Laude with a degree in philosophy. She began studying law at UCLA when she was just fifteen.

Upon passing the bar, Holtz was recruited by TroyGould, an internationally recognized law firm for businesses in Los Angeles. Holtz now works as a business litigation attorney.

Juliet Beni

University of California Riverside registrar, Bracken Dailey, said that Beni is the youngest person to graduate with a PhD in UCR – at only nineteen-years-old.

She graduated at the same college when she was fifteen, with a degree in psychology. Beni’s parents are both UCR engineering professors. It’s no surprise then that when Beni got her doctorate degree, she decided to teach at her alma matter.

Balamurali Ambati

Ambati studied at New York University when he was just thirteen. But before that amazing feat, he was already known – for AIDS research he had co-authored when he was just eleven, after he graduated from Baltimore City College in 1989.

He then went to Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed all his medical training when he was twenty-four.

Dr. Julian Stanley, professor of psychology and founder of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, and Ambati’s mentor, said that the boy was

“tremendously motivated to be the youngest medical doctor in the country. He was saying it at about age 10. He was determined to be the youngest in the U.S.”

Rob Clark admin staff managing editor

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