From B-school to President of the United States

Happy Presidents Day


Okay. So only two people have actually gone from b-school to the President of the United States: George W. Bush got his MBA from Harvard Business School and John F. Kennedy attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business. But that's still 5% of all Presidents. And many of them studied business and economics as undergrads, including Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan.

Law school is a much more common road -- 12 Presidents took that path including our current Commander-in-chief Barack Obama. And one President even attended med school -- William Henry Harrison.

Surprisingly, 10 former Presidents never even graduated college -- a list that includes 2 dropouts and 8 never-wents, including George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Overall, most US Presidents have had a college education, including five of the first seven.

In total, the 44 Presidents have attended 31 different colleges. Here is the breakdown by school -- which includes 7 of our partners (23%) -- both grad schools and undergrad:

Harvard University*partner school

  • John Adams
  • John Quincy Adams
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • John F. Kennedy

Princeton University

  • John F. Kennedy (transferred to Harvard)
  • James Madison
  • Woodrow Wilson

Yale University *partner school

  • Williams Howard Taft
  • George H.W. Bush
  • George Bush

The College of William and Mary *partner school

  • Thomas Jefferson
  • James Monroe
  • John Tyler

United States Military Academy

  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower

Allegheny College

  • William McKinley (withdrew)

Amherst College

  • Calvin Coolidge

Bowdoin College

  • Franklin Pierce

Columbia University *partner school

  • Barack Obama

Davidson College

  • Woodrow Wilson (transferred to Princeton)

Dickinson College

  • James Buchanan

Eureka College

  • Ronald Reagan

Georgetown University *partner school

  • Bill Clinton

Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Jimmy Carter (transferred to United States Naval Academy)

Georgia Southwestern State University

  • Jimmy Carter (transferred to Georgia Institute of Technology)

Hampden-Sydney College

  • William Henry Harrison (withdrew)

Hiram College

  • James A. Garfield (transferred to Williams College)

Kenyon College

  • Rutherford B. Hayes

London School of Economics

  • John F. Kennedy (transferred to Princeton University)

Miami University

  • Benjamin Harrison

Occidental College

  • Barack Obama (transferred to Columbia University)

Ohio Central College

  • Warren G. Harding

Texas State University-San Marcos

  • Lyndon B. Johnson

Stanford University *partner school

  • Herbert Hoover

Leiden University

  • John Quincy Adams (transferred to Harvard University)

University of Michigan *partner school

  • Gerald Ford

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • James K. Polk

Union College

  • Chester A. Arthur

United States Naval Academy

  • Jimmy Carter

Whittier College

  • Richard Nixon

Williams College

  • James A. Garfield

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Ryan Pratt

Marketing and Business Development

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