Other Presidents Who Are Transfer Students

There are six other American presidents with connection to multiple colleges.

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Barack Obama is not the only commander in chief who made a collegiate switch. Six other presidents have undergraduate connections to more than one school:

John Quincy Adams—Studied in Paris, Amsterdam, and at the University of Leyden, but graduated from Harvard.

James Garfield—Started at Western Reserve Eclectic Institute in Ohio (now known as Hiram College) but graduated from Williams College.

Benjamin Harrison—Started at Farmer's College (near Cincinnati), then transferred to Miami University of Ohio.

Woodrow Wilson—Began at Davidson College but graduated from Princeton University.

John F. Kennedy—Enrolled at Princeton University but withdrew because of illness. Graduated from Harvard University.

Jimmy Carter—Attended Georgia Southwestern College and the Georgia Institute of Technology for a year each. Then, transferred to—and graduated from—the United Stated Naval Academy.


Corrected on 01/22/09: An earlier version of this article misstated the name of Davidson College.