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

Ryan Pratt is the Vice President of Marketing and Research at GradLeaders. During his 10+ years at GradLeaders, the network has grown to have now helped over 600,000 employers and 26,500,000 students from more than 1,000 schools around the world. Ryan graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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