HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The University of Alabama Birmingham rejected accused Colorado theater killer James Holmes as a candidate for the Ph.D. neuroscience program months before the shooting rampage in Colorado.
In his graduate application essay to UAB, Holmes wrote, “I have an unquenchable curiosity, a strong desire to know and explore the unknown, and a need to persist against the odds.”
It is clear from the recommendations letters included in the application, Holmes’ intelligence was impressive.
One reviewer wrote, “Excellent applicant.”
Another reviewer wrote, “Rather shy, but a top notch student. His personality may not be as engaging as some applicants, but he is going to be a leader in the future.
However, another reviewer commented, “He may be extremely smart, but difficult to engage. Hard to tell how interested he is.”
After receiving the rejection letter from UAB, Holmes went on to enroll at the University of Colorado Denver, but dropped out in the spring.
On July 20th, police say Holmes shot and killed 12 people during a showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” and injured 58 others.
Holmes awaits trial on multiple counts of murder and attempted murder.
It’s important to note, the documents released by UAB don’t explain why Holmes was denied admission to the neuroscience program.