Colleges Attended By U.S. Presidents

Surprisingly, not every American president had a college education. Abe Lincoln, for example, was self taught. But for the most part, thirty-one colleges and universities have been home to some of the most influential leaders of the last two hundred or so years. Did the college education make the man? Who’s to say? While you’re mulling that question over, here are the colleges and universities who hold the title of being attended by U.S. presidents:

1. The College of William and Mary

  • George Washington (surveyor’s certificate)
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • James Monroe
  • John Tyler

2.  Harvard University

  • John Adams
  • John Quincy Adams
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • John F. Kennedy

3. Princeton University 

  • John F. Kennedy (transferred to Harvard)
  • James Madison
  • Woodrow Wilson

4. Yale University

  • Williams Howard Taft
  • George H.W. Bush
  • George Bush

5. United State Military Academy

  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower

6. Allegheny College

  • William McKinley (withdrew)

7. Amherst College

  • Calvin Coolidge

8. Bowdoin College

  • Franklin Pierce

9. Columbia University

  • Barack Obama

10. Davidson College

  • Woodrow Wilson (transferred to Princeton)

11. Dickinson College

  • James Buchanan

12. Eureka College

  • Ronald Reagan

13. Georgetown University

  • Bill Clinton

14. Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Jimmy Carter (transferred to United States Naval Academy)

15. Georgia Southwestern State University

  • Jimmy Carter (transferred to Georgia Institute of Technology)

16. Hampden-Sydney College

  • William Henry Harrison (withdrew)

17. Hiram College

  • James A. Garfield (transferred to Williams College)

18. Kenyon College

  • Rutherford B. Hayes

19. London School of Economics

  • John F. Kennedy (transferred to Princeton University)

20. Miami University

  • Benjamin Harrison

21. Occidental College

  • Barack Obama (transferred to Columbia University)

22. Ohio Central College

  • Warren G. Harding

23. Texas State University-San Marcos

  • Lyndon B. Johnson

24. Stanford University

  • Herbert Hoover

25. Leiden University

  • John Quincy Adams (transferred to Harvard University)

26. University of Michigan

  • Gerald Ford

27. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • James K. Polk

28. Union College

  • Chester A. Arthur

29. United States Naval Academy

  • Jimmy Carter

30. Whittier College

  • Richard Nixon

31. Williams College

  • James A. Garfield

Can you guess which U.S. presidents didn’t go to college?