Nigerian-American Teen Prodigy Heading to Harvard

Saheela Abraham, of Piscataway, New Jersey, is the daughter of Nigerian immigrants. This spring she graduates from the Wardlaw-Hartridge School, a private academy in Edison, New Jersey. She applied to 14 colleges and universities this spring and was accepted at 13. She received offers of admission from Harvard, Penn, Princeton, Columbia, Cornell, Brown, Stanford, Caltech, MIT, Washington University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Chicago, and Williams College. Yale is the only school to reject her.

Saheela is 15 years old. She skipped sixth and ninth grade. She scored very high on her SATs, played soccer and softball in high school, and was on the swim team.  She sings in the school choir and plays the trombone for the school band.

She has decided to enroll at Harvard and plans to study neuroscience.