'I just grasp information quickly': The American 12yo 'genius' studying aerospace engineering

Caleb Anderson.
Caleb Anderson. Photo credit: CBS

He can't consume alcohol, he can't vote and he definitely can't drive, but Caleb Anderson can study at a lucrative university - he's that gifted.

At 12 years old, he's studying aerospace engineering at Chattahoochee Technical College in the Georgian city of Marietta and now he could be getting a spot at an even more exclusive engineering school - Georgia Tech.

But Anderson claims he's not that smart. 

"I just grasp information quickly. If I learn quicker, then I get ahead faster," he told CBS' This Morning programme.

"This is my life. This is how I am and I've been living this way my whole life."

Georgia Tech Aerospace Engineering School chair Professor Mark Costello told CBS that Anderson was the "ideal candidate" for their programme.

Caleb's mum Claire said she had high hopes for her son.

"We want him to be in an environment where he is accepted and not tolerated," she told CBS, adding she hoped Georgia Tech would make him "a great husband, a great father, a great friend one day". 

Prof Costello said Caleb and his parents have been for a tour of the college and it's likely he'll be granted admission.