Colleges of the U.S. Presidents

American presidents don’t just pop out of thin air to lead the country. Until they actually take that oath of office, they’re regular fellas (or gals–who knows what the future will bring!).

And like most regular people with big, ambitious dreams, higher education is always a great solution. Perhaps college is where these fine young men honed their talents to become the monumental and influential figures they became.  While a good number of U.S. presidents didn’t actually go to college or ultimately earn their degree, who can say how whatever portion of a college education they had didn’t influence how they saw the world and ran a country.

So, here are the colleges 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?

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  1. Christi says:

    Interesting to see the number of presidents who transferred.

  2. Aubrey says:

    I want to go to Princeton so bad! It’s my dream and I’ve been working towards it for awhile and I’m proud to see that a few presidents attended there.
    The Elite Society of Girls

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