The Illinois teenager, who was acquitted of murder after fatally shooting two men and wounding another in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 2020, announced he will to attend Texas A&M on Friday. However, the university said he has not been accepted. This is the second time Rittenhouse expressed interest in a university to which he hadn’t been admitted.
“He has not been admitted as a student this fall,” a university spokeswoman told the Houston Chronicle on Sunday.
The notion of Rittenhouse attending Texas A&M arose in May after the teenager posted photos of himself wearing Texas A&M merchandise. “I’m thinking about staying,” he wrote, alongside a picture of him sitting on top of a giant chair featuring the university’s logo.
Rittenhouse later confirmed his intention to attend during a Friday appearance on Charlie Kirk’s podcast.
“I’m going to be going there, and it’s going to be awesome,” the teenager said while wearing multiple pieces of merchandise promoting the university.
Texas A&M’s admission deadline for the fall semester passed in March 2022, according to the university’s website. If Rittenhouse wanted to, he could still apply to attend Texas A&M’s spring semester between Aug.1 and Dec. 1.
Rittenhouse said in November he intended to attend Arizona State University and was taking online classes for nursing. An ASU spokesman challenged the claims, saying Rittenhouse was “not currently enrolled in any classes at ASU” and still “has not gone through the ASU admissions process.”
Rittenhouse has been a vocal member of the conservative media ecosystem since his acquittal. He defended the Second Amendment on Friday after a wave of mass shootings occurred in the United States. He also attended the Mar-a-Lago premiere of Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary 2,000 Mules.