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Teen gets college degree in just 2 years

Dec. 6, 2008 at 10:52 PM   |   Comments

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- A teenager graduates from the University of Texas this weekend at 16, an age when most students have yet to receive their high school diplomas.

Andrew Brisbin of Denton, Texas, entered North Central Texas College at 14 and transferred to the university a year later, the Austin American-Statesman reported. He completed the requirements for a bachelor's degree in finance in two years by attending summer school and taking a heavy course load.

He was to get his degree Sunday.

He said that being several years younger than his fellow students was not a major problem.

"Some of my professors don't really know how old I am," he said. "I fit in just fine."

William Way, the faculty adviser at the university's McComb School of Business, described Brisbin as "very mature."

Brisbin was home schooled, keeping to a rigorous schedule. His parents lived some of the time in Austin while he was at the university to help him -- and especially to provide transportation because he was too young for a driver's license.

He plans to go to graduate school but wants to get some work experience first.

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