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16-Year Old Genius Going to College, Chooses HBCU Over Harvard And Yale

16-Year Old Going to College, Chooses HBCU Over Harvard And Yale

Curtis Lawrence, a 16-year-old high school graduate from Washington, DC, has been admitted to 14 universities, including Yale and Harvard. He does, however, want to attend an HBCU and has already committed to FAMU (Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University).

Lawrence began college two years ago at the age of 14 through a special program at George Washington University.

Despite receiving more than $1.6 million in scholarships to some of the country’s most prestigious universities, including Harvard, Yale, and George Washington University, he has opted to pursue an HBCU education at FAMU. Furthermore, he has planned to major in both biology and computer science.


Lawrence told FOX 5 DC, “First, I started thinking about what schools had successful biology programs.” “Then I started looking at HBCUs explicitly because I wanted the HBCU experience and to be surrounded by people who are just like me, who are not just Black but also academically talented.”

Lawrence’s mother, Malene, said that since he was in seventh grade, they have been helping him in his plans and college preparations.

His father, Curtis, said, “We’ve taught them from an early age that education is vital to opening up doors and getting access to things that they want in life.”

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