Malia Obama just picked Harvard — here’s where America’s other ‘first kids’ went to college

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President Obama and his daughter Malia.
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Malia Obama has chosen to attend Harvard University in the fall of 2017 after she takes a gap year, the White House announced on Sunday.

Her announcement follows months of speculation about her choice after she went on a tour of the Ivies, Stanford, and New York University last year.

With an eye on first kids who were teenagers or young adults when their parents lived in the White House, as far back as President John F. Kennedy, we looked at their college choices.

Take a look below to see who dropped out of college, who failed the bar exam, and whose parents didn’t go to their graduation.


Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, University of Texas at Austin, Class of 1966

The oldest daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson, Lynda Bird Johnson Robb attended the all-girls National Cathedral School in Washington, DC, and the University of Texas at Austin for college. She is the last first daughter to be married in the White House.


Luci Baines Johnson, Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, 1966 (did not graduate)

The younger daughter of President Johnson, Luci attended Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, but she was forced to drop out in 1966. She was married that year, and the school prohibited married students.


Tricia Nixon Cox, Boston College Class, 1968

The oldest daughter of President Richard Nixon, Tricia attended Boston College and earned a degree in English. Her father served as a guest speaker at her graduation.


Julie Nixon Eisenhower, Smith College, Class of 1970

Julie Nixon, the youngest Nixon daughter, attended Smith College and earned a master’s degree in education from The Catholic University of America in 1972. She married David Eisenhower, grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.


Caroline Kennedy, Radcliffe, Class of 1980

The oldest child of President Kennedy, Caroline went to Radcliffe College at Harvard University and earned a law degree from Columbia Law School in 1988.


John F. Kennedy Jr., Brown University, Class of 1983

The younger Kennedy attended Brown University where he majored in history. He graduated with a law degree from NYU School of Law in 1989, though he failed the bar exam twice, before passing on his third try.


Amy Carter, Brown University, 1988 (did not graduate)

Amy Carter, the youngest daughter of President Jimmy Carter, attended Brown University but was dismissed in 1987 for falling behind in her classes.

She graduated with a bachelor of fine arts from the Memphis College of Art in 1992 and earned a master’s in art history from Tulane University.


Chelsea Clinton, Stanford University, Class of 2001

Chelsea could be the first child with the highest educational credentials. The only daughter of President Bill Clinton, she graduated with highest honors from Stanford with a history degree. She then attended University College of the University of Oxford, where she graduated with a master of philosophy in 2003. Clinton earned a graduate degree from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health in 2010 and a doctorate from Oxford in 2014.


Barbara Pierce Bush, Yale University, Class of 2004

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The older fraternal twin daughter of President George W. Bush, Barbara attended Yale University and graduated with a degree in humanities. She is the CEO and cofounder of public-health nonprofit Global Health Corps.


Jenna Bush Hager, University of Texas at Austin, Class of 2004

Jenna, the younger fraternal twin, attended UT Austin, where she graduated with an English degree. She is an author and an editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine. Her parents did not attend her nor her sister’s 2004 graduation, saying they did not want to detract attention from the activities.