Where Did Presidents Go to College?

Have you ever wondered what college has produced the most Presidents of the United States? Or how many went to graduate school? What they studied? What Presidents have never gone to college? Take a look at just some of the education past Presidents have received below!

where did presidents go to college

What College Has Produced the Most Presidents?

Harvard University has produced the most Presidents when it comes to their undergraduate school with 8! That includes John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, Rutherford B. Hayes, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama, and George W Bush. Yale University follows Harvard and five presidents have attended the school: William Howard Taft, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, and Bill Clinton.

Where Did Presidents Go to Graduate School?

Currently, 20 presidents have attended a form of graduate school or higher, but only 11 graduated with degrees.


President College Degree
John Adams Harvard University Master of Arts
John Quincy Adams Harvard University Master of Arts
Woodrow Wilson John Hopkins University Ph.D. in History and Government
Richard Nixon Duke University School of Law Bachelor of Laws
Rutherford B. Hayes Harvard Law School Bachelor of Laws
William Howard Taft University of Cincinnati College of Law Bachelor of Laws
Gerald Ford Yale Law School Bachelor of Laws
Bill Clinton Yale Law School Juris Doctor
George W. Bush Harvard Business School Master of Business Administration
Barack Obama Harvard Law School Juris Doctor
Joe Biden Syracuse Law School Juris Doctor

What Presidents Never Went to College or Didn’t Graduate?

There are 12 Presidents who have never went to college or attended and dropped out. They include:

  • George Washington
    • He did leave money though to educational institutions.
  • Andrew Johnson
    • Never had formal schooling; received some tutoring
  • James Monroe
    • Left the College of William and Mary to fight in the Revolutionary War
  • Martin Van Buren
    • Never attended college
  • Andrew Jackson
    • Never attended college
  • William Henry Harrison
    • Withdrew from both Hampden-Sydney College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Zachary Taylor
    • Never attended college
  • Millard Fillmore
    • Never attended college
  • Abraham Lincoln
    • Only attended some early school, never college
  • Grover Cleveland
    • Never attended college
  • William McKinley
    • Withdrew from Allegheny College, Mount Union College, and Albany Law School
  • Harry S. Truman
    • Withdrew from Spalding’s Commercial College and Kansas City Law School

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