The Presidents Universities Ranking Facts
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Biased and very questionable rankings based on unverifiable facts are all over the place. Not here. Instead of pulling biased rankings out of nowhere, we’ll offer you the facts we used to build the ranking.
For instance, say that your kid wants to be President of the United States when they turn 45. Okay, it’s a legit aspiration. So, what school should they attend? We are here to serve. Let's begin by building that ranking. We’ll call this one the “Presidents College Ranking”.
Let’s start with the arch-villain. “I went to the best school. I had good marks. I was a very smart guy. Good student and all that stuff.” Already recognize him?
Yes. Those are Donald Trump's words, 45th President of the United States.
He may not strike you as the most refined person, but the reality is this hard-to-like guy attended a pretty good school.
Yup. After two years at Fordham, he transferred and attended Wharton.
It doesn't really matter if Wharton academics like Mr. Trump’s ways or not, the truth is “the Donald” is the one alumni who put the school on the presidents alma mater list.
Barack Obama has, among others, the distinction of being the first non-white President of the United States. However, in comparison with other presidents, he was not very original when it came to choosing a school.
Just as Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt, whom had attended the school in the late 1800s and early 1900s respectively, good ol’ Barry attended Columbia University.
Here's one in Barack’s favor: When you compare the trio of Columbia presidents, unlike his 1800s predecessors, he did finish his degree.
After Columbia, Mr. Obama continued his educational journey of excellence at arguably the most popular school in the United States.
Guessed it already? Yes, Harvard University.
Just like the former tenants at the White House (Adam, Roosevelt, and Kennedy just to throw a few bell-ringing names), Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States, moved to Massachusetts for a brief period to attend Harvard University.
Joining Obama on the Ivy League train is George Bush Junior, the 43rd President of the United States known for his party animal lifestyle and stint in rehab for alcohol issues. Although a straight-C student who quote on quote “chased a lot of pussy and drank a lot of whiskey,” Bush was an average student who coasted through Yale University without ever achieving an A grade.
From dealing with perjury and impeachment trials to the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Bill Clinton will forever go down as one of the most notorious yet beloved presidents of all time. Before all the drama, however, Bill Clinton graduated from the prestigious Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Smackdab in the heart of the nation’s capital, it was at Georgetown where Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, began flirting with politics. Winning the class presidency for two consecutive years in 1964 and 1965, Clinton would go on to graduate in 1968 with a degree in Foreign Service.
Back to the Bushs, the father of George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, was the original Bush Ivy Leaguer. Setting the precedent that all Bush men attend Yale University, George Senior was a much better student than his son. A gifted student, George H.W. Bush was able to graduate with a degree in economics in just two and a half years. With quite the knack for accelerated learning, it doesn’t come as a surprise that George H.W. Bush would become the 41st President of the United States.
Unlike most presidents that had attended well known top tier schools for their college education, Ronald Reagan is the exception. A Eureka College graduate, Reagan was a very active student involved in athletics, theater, and student government. Graduating with a dual degree in economics and sociology, Reagan would eventually become a Hollywood star before ever setting foot in the oval office as the nation’s 40th President of the United States.
The oldest former U.S. president currently still living, it’s been quite some time since Jimmy Carter stepped foot on a college campus. The 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1946. His dream school, the United States Naval Academy served as Carter’s launching pad into high Navy ranks in the following years.
The biggest takeaway after analyzing the college education of the last 7 U.S. presidents is simple: top tier schools are the way to go for potential success in the political realm. Since the world of politics is tremendously influenced by meritocracy, having a degree from an Ivy League or Naval Academy will make all the difference when opening doors and making connections. Of course there will always be exceptions, such as the case of Ronald Reagan. However, the biggest edge will be achieved by a nationally recognized powerhouse, not a regional blimp on the radar.