From the White House to the Dorm Room: Where the First Children Go to College
It's a year of lasts for the Obama family: Dad's last in the Oval Office, and Malia's last at home! The White House announced that the eldest Obama daughter is set to attend Harvard, but not until 2017. In the meantime, she'll take a gap year in between high school graduation and enrolling at Harvard.
JENNA BUSH HAGER
The younger Bush twin chose to stay close to home – even as her parents were relocating to Washington, D.C. After moving to Austin when her father was elected Governor of Texas in 1994, she went on to attend the University of Texas at Austin, receiving a degree in English. Her college years had a few connections to her mother, Laura Bush, who received a Masters from UT in 1973. Additionally, both were members of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.
Unlike her sister, Barbara went further away for school: All the way up to New Haven, Connecticut, to Yale University, where she received a degree in Humanities, graduating in 2004.
With three years still left her in father's final term, Clinton enrolled at Stanford University, where she majored in history. Her parents made a point of asking the press to let Clinton go about her college life without interference, but her dad's job still had an impact on her college years. Secret Service men lived in her dorm and bulletproof glass was installed in the windows. It’s clear that Clinton is a fan of higher education: After her undergraduate years, she received a Masters of Public Health from Columbia, as well as both Master and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in International Relations from the University of Oxford.
The Reagans' youngest child attended Yale University for just one semester. He then dropped out to pursue his dream of dancing ballet professionally and joined the Joffrey Ballet. He later told The Hill of his career shift: "I wanted to dance and there’s no way you can become a professional ballet dancer through a college.”
Ron wasn't the only Reagan who switched things up midway through their undergraduate career: Patti Davis (then Patti Reagan) attended Northwestern University for her first year of school, where she studied creative writing and drama. She then transferred to the University of Southern California for the next two years.
After growing up in the White House, Carter went to high school back in her home state of Georgia, before heading off to Brown University. During her sophomore year at the school, she was dismissed for academic reasons, according to the Providence Journal-Bulletin. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Memphis College of Art and a Masters in Art History from Tulane University.
Ford's only daughter and youngest child started off her college career at the Mount Vernon College for Women, which is now a part of George Washington University in D.C. She later transferred to the University of Kansas.
JOHN F. KENNEDY JR.
Kennedy attended Brown University, where he was a member of Phi Psi fraternity and majored in American Studies. After graduating, he briefly studied at the University of Delhi while traveling in India.
Like her father before her, Kennedy headed to Cambridge, Massachusetts, for her college years. But unlike JFK, she attended Radcliffe, Harvard's all-female counterpart, which had separate admissions from Harvard, until midway through her college career (1977). She went on to receive her J.D. from Columbia University.