colleges of presidents' children

Posted : April 8, 2008
Last Updated : November 7, 2013

colleges of presidents' children

Ever wonder where the children of American presidents went to college? While many attended Harvard and Yale, you may be surprised to learn that they didn't all go to Ivy League schools.

Brown University
Brown University is a private university in Providence, Rhode Island and is the seventh oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. It is a member of the Ivy League. The school colors are seal brown, cardinal red, and white. Brown’s mascot is the bear, and the sports teams are called the Brown Bears.

  • John F. Kennedy, Jr. (son of President John F. Kennedy) – JFK Jr. graduated from Brown University in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in history. Before his untimely death in 1999, John was a lawyer, an assistant district attorney, a Peace Corps volunteer, a tutor of underprivileged children, an amateur actor and athlete, and founder and publisher of George magazine.

George Washington University
George Washington University is a private, coeducational university located in Washington, D.C. It is known for its undergraduate International Affairs, Political Science, and Political Communications programs. The school's colors are buff and blue, which were taken from George Washington's uniform in the Revolutionary War.

  • Margaret Truman Daniel (daughter of President Harry S. Truman) – Margaret studied voice at George Washington University, but her dream of becoming a concert singer was cut short by harsh critics. She later found a love for writing and went on to produce biographies of her parents, historical works, and a bestselling series of murder mysteries.
  • Donnell Jeff Carter (son of President James Earl Carter, Jr.) – Jeff graduated with honors from George Washington University with a degree in geography. He co-founded Computer Mapping Consultants.

Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
Georgia Tech is a public, coeducational research university located in Atlanta, GA. It is best known for its programs in engineering, computing, and the sciences. The school's fight song is "I'm a Ramblin Wreck from Georgia Tech."

  • John William "Jack" Carter (son of President James Earl Carter, Jr.) – Jack graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in nuclear physics and obtained a law degree from the University of Georgia. He worked for the Chicago Board of Trade and practiced law.

Harvard University
Harvard is a highly selective private university in Cambridge, MA and is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. It is a member of the Ivy League. Founded in 1636, it is often viewed as the richest and most famous school of higher learning.

  • Charles Frances Adams (son of President John Quincy Adams) - Charles graduated from Harvard at the age of 17 and went on to work in the Massachusetts State Legislature and the House of Representatives.
  • Millard Powers Fillmore (son of President Millard Fillmore) – After graduating from Harvard, Millard went on to practice law and was appointed as a federal court clerk.
  • Birchard Austin Hayes (son of President Rutherford B. Hayes) – A Harvard graduate, Birchard spent 36 years in the legal profession as a successful tax and real estate attorney.
  • James Roosevelt (son of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt) – After graduation, James became an author, White House secretary for his father, and a six-term U.S. Congressman.

Memphis College of Art
Memphis College of Art is a small, private college of art and design in Memphis, TN. It was founded in 1936 and is considered more affordable compared to similar art colleges.

  • Amy Lynn Carter (daughter of President James Earl Carter, Jr.) – Amy graduated from Memphis College of Art with a degree in fine arts and received her master's degree in art history from Tulane University. She has illustrated many of her father's books.

Stanford University
Stanford University is a private school located in Stanford, CA. This highly selective school officially opened in 1891. It is often deemed to be the largest university campus in the world in terms of contiguous area.

  • Herbert Hoover, Jr. (son of President Herbert Clark Hoover) – Herbert graduated from Stanford University and then taught briefly at Harvard Business School. He became a respected geologist, inventor, and diplomat.
  • Chelsea Victoria Clinton (daughter of President Bill Clinton) – Chelsea graduated from Stanford in 2001 with a degree in history. She went on to earn a master's degree in international relations at University College, Oxford and a master's degree in public health at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at University of Oxford. Chelsea has worked for McKinsey & Company, Avenue Capital Group, and New York University. She currently teaches graduate classes at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health and is a special correspondent for NBC News.

Tulane University
Tulane University is a private, coeducational research university in New Orleans, LA. It is the only American university that has been converted from a public institution to a private institution.

  • Neil Mallon Bush (son of President George H. W. Bush) – After graduating from Tulane University, Neil began his career in the oil business. Later, he became an investment consultant and developed an innovative reading program for young kids.

University of Texas, Austin
The University of Texas is a doctoral/research university located in Austin, TX. It currently holds the largest enrollment of all colleges in the state of Texas. The university's colors are burnt orange and white.

  • John Ellis "Jeb" Bush (son of President George H. W. Bush) – After graduating from the University of Texas, Jeb worked at the Texas Commerce Bank. Later, he became a real estate developer in Miami. He has served as Florida's Secretary of Commerce and Governor.
  • Jenna Welch Bush Hager (daughter of President George W. Bush) – Jenna graduated from the University of Texas in 2004 with a degree in English. Jenna worked at a shelter as part of an internship for UNICEF's Educational Policy Department in Latin America. Her book, Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope, chronicles her experiences working with UNICEF sponsored charities. Jenna has taught at Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Charter School. She currently works as a part-time reading coordinator at the SEED Public Charter School and is editor-at-large at Southern Living magazine. She is also a NBC correspondent, contributing a monthly news story for the Today show.

Yale University
Yale is a highly selective private university in New Haven, Connecticut and is a member of the Ivy League. Founded in 1701, it is the third oldest institution of higher education in the United States.

  • John Van Buren (son of President Martin Van Buren) – John graduated from Yale in his teens and built a career in law and as a U.S. Congressman.
  • President George W. Bush (son of President George H. W. Bush) – George W. Bush graduated from Yale University and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He co-founded an oil firm in Midland, Texas and was governor of Texas. In 2000, he became America's 43rd president.
  • Barbara Pierce Bush (daughter of President George W. Bush) – Barbara graduated from Yale University in 2004 with a degree in humanities. She has worked with AIDS patients in Africa, Tanzania, South Africa, and Botswana through the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative program. She has also worked for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and is the co-founder and president of a public health-focused non-profit, Global Health Corps.

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