10 Best Colleges for Aspiring Presidents

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February 15th, 2011

If you’re an aspiring U.S. president, you may need to be a little more selective than others when choosing your college. Most U.S. presidents embark on their political careers by attending Ivy League or prestigious universities. There, they study a number of subjects, participate in debates and join political groups. With hard work, excellent grades and an unbeatable resume, you too can be on the pathway to becoming a U.S. president. Here are the 10 best colleges for aspiring presidents:

  1. Harvard University: All you have to do to know that Harvard University is one of the best colleges for aspiring presidents is look at the stats. Harvard has churned out more U.S. presidents than any other university. The eight presidents who attended Harvard for either undergrad or graduate school include: Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. This prestigious Ivy League university is the oldest higher education institution in the country and by far the most selective. Aspiring presidents who attend Harvard will have excellent opportunities to get involved in politics at a young age. Students can jumpstart their political career by getting a prestigious political internship through the Institute of Politics, attend campaign events, join a policy group or write for the Harvard Political Review. The options are endless for those who are smart and lucky enough to get into Harvard.
  2. Yale University: Yale grads have excellent opportunities in politics, especially if you’re aspiring to be a U.S. president. Take it from these five Yale grads – Presidents William H. Taft, Gerald Ford, George H. W. Bush, William Clinton and George W. Bush. Yale competes with Harvard in just about every aspect of academics, endowments and admissions; however, Yale is distinctly different in its level of political activism because it has America’s oldest and most respected student debating society. Hopeful presidents will also be able to partake in Yale’s various political and special-interest groups that focus on today’s biggest issues. From the exciting political climate on campus to the countless political organizations, Yale’s got a ton to offer aspiring presidents.
  3. Princeton University: Princeton University is another place where young political hopefuls can find their calling. Presidents James Madison, Woodrow Wilson and John F. Kennedy are the only U.S. presidents to attend Princeton, but there are plenty of political opportunities for students in this quiet college town. This Ivy League university has several different majors that cater to the aspiring president, such as public policy analysis, international affairs, government and economics. Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School fuels political activism even further by allowing students of all ages and degree levels to participate in policy seminars and workshops to enhance their diplomatic skills.
  4. Dartmouth College: Dartmouth College is an excellent Ivy League college in which to plant your political roots. Aspiring U.S. presidents will enjoy the wide variety of academic programs Dartmouth has to offer. Dartmouth is also home to The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, which provides undergraduate students the opportunity to expand their interest and experience in public policy through academic programs, internships and jobs. Aspiring presidents can jumpstart their political careers with a public affairs and public policy internship, or a unique program that enables students to study the U.S. Presidency and Congress in Washington, D.C. This is your one-way ticket to the White House.
  5. Stanford University: Aspiring presidents will take the bull by the horns at Stanford University. California is a sprawling state with many political opportunities, and Stanford has all the resources to help you achieve your goal of becoming a U.S. president. Stanford is known for its wonderful array of majors, especially ones that prepare you for law school or politics. Aspiring presidents may even want to stay and pursue their JD at the prestigious Stanford Law School to increase their chances of entering politics.
  6. Columbia University: Not only does Columbia have a wide variety of degree programs that will boost your political knowledge, but its student body is serious about political activism. Columbia has over 50 political groups that focus on the biggest and most ignored issues affecting Americans today. Here, you can hone your diplomatic and debate skills, while discovering new passions you can use in your future presidential campaigns. Columbia is so good at drawing political attention that even world leaders, politicians and other public figures frequent the school to spread awareness and see what these fiery students are up to.
  7. University of Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania is an Ivy League college with many exciting opportunities for aspiring presidents to get their feet wet as young politicians in the making. UPenn has a wide variety of undergraduate majors and minors such as history, political science and economics, which will give hopeful politicians the basic understanding of public policy and inspire them to make a change for mankind. After all, Philadelphia is the birthplace of the United States, where history was made and dreams came true. The same can be said for the intelligent and determined students that come out of UPenn.
  8. The College of William & Mary: The College of William & Mary is the second oldest college in the U.S. and one of the best places to embark on your political career. William & Mary knows a thing or two about teaching aspiring presidents, since it has educated everyone from George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Tyler. This college has many political-oriented majors and minors to choose from, as well as impressive internships and job opportunities to jumpstart your political career. Aspiring presidents will thrive in William & Mary’s community of movers and shakers, and enjoy the "Public Ivy" accessibilities and culture of the university.
  9. Johns Hopkins University: Johns Hopkins University is may be best known for its terrific medical school and hospital, but it’s also a great college for undergraduate and graduate studies. John Hopkins students have a wide variety of majors to choose from and expand upon through internships. Aspiring presidents will certainly find their niche at Johns Hopkins, especially if you’re interested in public policy and public health laws. The sky is the limit for John Hopkins University students.
  10. Georgetown University: Georgetown University may not have any U.S. presidents for alumni, but you can rest assured that this competitive college can certainly pave the way for an aspiring president. Georgetown students are nicely positioned to embark on a political career because the school is nestled in the middle of our nation’s capital. Georgetown has ample internship and job opportunities for students to get their feet wet in various political fields. It’s also an extremely political active university with a strong student body that have been known to argue their way to raising university employees’ salaries, increasing financial assistance and bringing influential leaders and guest speakers to the university.

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