This 12-Year-Old Genius Is Taking College Aerospace Engineering Courses

Caleb Anderson learned sign language by the time he was nine months old. By two years old, he was doing fractions. At 12, he’s now in college.

“I have this distinct memory of going to a first-grade class and learning there, and everyone was way taller than me, because, you know, I was two,” Caleb told CBS News. “I could barely walk!”

Middle school was particularly rough for Caleb, as he often felt looked down upon by his fellow students.

“They treated me like an anomaly, which… I kind of am,” he said.

Caleb just finished up his first year at Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta, Georgia. He is studying aerospace engineering and is currently on track to graduate within two years. His parents, Claire and Kobi Anderson, want Caleb to enter a university and the right fit looks like it will be Georgia Tech.

The school is currently looking to recruit Caleb, setting him up with a meeting with President Angel Cabrera.

“I’m not really smart, I just grasp information quickly,” Caleb said. “So, if I learn quicker, then I get ahead faster.”

Professor Mark Costello, chair of Georgia Tech’s School of Aerospace Engineering, says he expects Caleb to be admitted to Georgia Tech, which has an admittance rate of 20.5 percent. Additionally, Georgia Tech students’ SAT scores fall within the top 20 percent and 95 percent of admitted students have a grade point average of 3.75 of higher.

While the Andersons are supporting Caleb’s dreams and success, they are hoping school and career won’t be his only focus.

“[We want] to make sure that when he is an adult, he’ll make a great husband, a great father, a great friend one day,” Claire said.

Written by Lindsay Patton