ERIC Number: ED454773
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
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College Graduation before Age 19, Especially at Johns Hopkins University, 1876-1997.
Stanley, Julian C.; Sandhofer, Lois S.
This paper describes some students, especially at Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, who have graduated from college 3 or more years before the usual age of 22 or older. Such early graduation is not common, but neither is it extremely rare. Some young graduates seem to have been propelled through college under parental pressure, while others have had facilitative parents who simply helped the child use his or her intellectual precocity well. At Johns Hopkins University, a study was reported in 1982 that described the accomplishments of a number of young graduates. Since that time, 25 more students have completed a bachelor's degree before their 19th birthday. The youngest to graduate from Hopkins graduated at age 15 years 7 months, having graduated from high school at age 12. Young men are more likely to graduate from Hopkins early than are young women, although Johns Hopkins did not graduate its first female undergraduates until 1972. Johns Hopkins had led most other major universities in its flexible age admissions policies. Young applicants are screened carefully, but they need not be high school graduates. Overall, these young graduates have gone on to successful careers, often in academia or medicine. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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