Andrianna Ayiotis enters USC at age 16

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - A Fairfax County high school junior is preparing to enroll at the University of Southern California at age 16.

Andrianna Ayiotis has been accepted into a program offered by USC for mature and academically gifted rising seniors. The Washington Post reports that scholarships and grants will cover most of her tuition. About 40 students were accepted into the program this year.

Ayiotis says her success can be traced to her greatest academic failure: not getting into the county's prestigious magnet school, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She says going to George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church motivated her and helped her discover new interests.

She's considering pursuing a doctorate degree in biomedical engineering.