U.S. Presidents: Where Did They Go to School?


When it comes to presidents, you should definitely be cautious of believing things you see on the Internet, but we’d never steer you wrong. 

Ever wonder which colleges and universities provided the presidential educations? Check out the list below and read who went to college and where they studied. Where are you on your college (or presidential) journey?

Presidential Colleges & Universities

  1. George Washington:  None
  2. John Adams:  (Harvard College) Harvard University
  3. Thomas Jefferson:  The College of William and Mary
  4. James Madison: (College of New Jersey) Princeton University
  5. James Monroe:  The College of William and Mary
  6. John Quincy Adams: (Harvard College) Harvard University
  7. Andrew Jackson:  None
  8. Martin Van Buren:  None
  9. William Henry Harrison:  Hampden-Sydney College (withdrew), University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  10. John Tyler: College of William and Mary
  11. James K. Polk: University of North Carolina
  12. Zachary Taylor:  None
  13. Millard Fillmore:  None
  14. Franklin Pierce:  Bowdoin College
  15. James Buchanan:  Dickinson College
  16. Abraham Lincoln:  None
  17. Andrew Johnson:  None
  18. Ulysses S. Grant:  United States Military Academy, West Point
  19. Rutherford B. Hayes:  Kenyon College, Harvard Law School
  20. James Garfield: Williams College)
  21. Chester A. Arthur:  Union College
  22. Grover Cleveland:  None
  23. Benjamin Harrison:  Miami University (Ohio)
  24. Grover Cleveland:  None
  25. William McKinley:  Allegheny College
  26. Theodore Roosevelt:  Harvard University
  27. William Howard Taft:  Yale University, University of Cincinnati College of Law
  28. Woodrow Wilson:  Princeton University, University of Virginia Law School , Johns Hopkins University (Ph.D.)
  29. Warren G. Harding:  Ohio Central College
  30. Calvin Coolidge:  Amherst College
  31. Herbert Hoover:  Stanford University
  32. Franklin D. Roosevelt:  Harvard University, Columbia Law School (withdrew)
  33. Harry S. Truman:  Kansas City School of Law (withdrew)
  34. Dwight D. Eisenhower:  United States Military Academy at West Point
  35. John F. Kennedy:  Harvard University, Standford Graduate School of Business
  36. Lyndon B. Johnson:  Southwest Texas State College,  Georgetown University Law Center
  37. Richard Nixon:  Whittier College, Duke University School of Law
  38. Gerald Ford:  University of Michigan, Yale Law School
  39. Jimmy Carter:  United States Naval Academy
  40. Ronald Reagan:  Eureka College
  41. George H. W. Bush:  Yale University
  42. Bill Clinton:  Georgetown University, University of Oxford (Rhodes Scholar), Yale Law School
  43. George W. Bush:  Yale University, Harvard University
  44. Barack Obama:  Occidental College (transferred to Columbia University), Columbia University, Harvard Law School
  45. Donald Trump:  Fordham University; transferred to Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Source: “The Presidents Fact Book” by Roger Matuz.

Updated February 2020

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