Here's what I'm doing... I'm creating a fictional biography of sorts set in the near (30 years) future. It's close enough to present that any help that would be presented now would likely be relevant then as well. What I'm looking for is a character that earns a doctorate in theoretical and/or applied physics by the age of 24 with doctoral thesis on something similar to string theory and the alcubiere drive. She's considered promising through out her university days and should probably be attending a prestigious school of some sort. She may also have some educational background in cosmology/rocketry/engineering. I need to know what the minimum requirments on a transcript might be like. I have not decided what her "personality" is quite yet nor whether she's outgoing or rich/poor. Though obviously for fiction a character with trouble in her past and perhap less out going might be easier to write for. So for example do I absolutely need to make sure she participates in various activities? Does she absolutely have to have a 4.0 GPA and does it have to be constant from 9th to 12th , or can it be lower? To accomplish this PhD in 6 years thing would it be required that she have AP classes? Or could she do it without them? Would getting a GED be a better idea? I need to know which universities she might apply to and get in to. This I need to point out should be limited to East coast universities... Nothing outside one of these 21 states; Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Virginia, West Virginia. What Major/Minor would she likely be looking at/getting into? What subjects would be studied roughly? (I can probably look that up on the various university websites) How much time would she have for things like philosophy, programming, Foreign languages, etc.. What would the work load be like? For example to do this would she have time for a job? Relationships? How much homework? etc etc. Also what type of work would this require? What I mean is, is the course work more writing papers and experimenting or more memory testing? Lastly... Assuming you guys think this might be possible what would the progression be like of her going from high school to PhD. I personally do not quite get how PhDs and Masters work as they seem to be highly variable... My rough break down I was thinking something like... By her 18th birthday = AP classes or GED allowing early entrance allows her to get enough to get Associates If through AP classes she enters University immediately after HS graduation and takes summer course work through out. By her 20th = Enough credits to get Bachelors and be into her Masters By her 22nd = Have her Masters and is working on her PhD. By her 24th = Writes her doctorate and gets PhD I have no clue if this is "right". It sounds a bit off to what I know, but might be believable to the average person. Please remember that I'm looking more at the possible, even if extraordinary, rather than someone who is "average" or "most likely" course. And thank you for any help you guys can give me.