Famous & Educated: Where did Barack Obama go to school?

The election of 2008 was one for the history books and now many young Americans have added “commander in chief” to their list of life goals. What steps did Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton take in their education to get them qualified to be in such positions of power and prestige? What path did John McCain and Sarah Palin take while pursuing their education?

Barack Obama


After attending Occidental College for 2 years Barack Obama transferred to Columbia University and graduated with a degree in Political Science in 1983. He began graduate studies in 1988 at Harvard Law School and became the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. He completed his J.D from Harvard in 1991.

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Joe Biden


Joe Biden attended the University of Delaware in Newark and was more popularly known for his attention to the social scene than his studies. However, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in history and political science in 1965 and was ranked 506th 0f 688 in his class. From there he attended Syracuse University College of Law where he received his J.D.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton


Hillary Rodham Clinton first attended Wellesley College where she attracted the national spotlight for her remarks as the first student to give the commencement address at graduation in 1969. She went on to complete a law degree from Yale Law School and graduated in 1973. In 1979 she became the first female partner at Rose Law Firm.

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John McCain


Following his father and also grandfather, John McCain enrolled in the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. He enjoyed literature and history and did well in those subjects. However he only studied enough to pass the subjects that he did not enjoy math. He graduated in 1958 with a Bachelors of Science degree in marine engineering.

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Sarah Palin


Sarah Palin started her college career at Hawaii Pacific College. After only one semester she transferred to North Idaho community college with a selected major of general studies. She decided to transfer again after only 2 semesters and enrolled at the University of Idaho. She did not settle there but transferred yet again, this time to the Matanuska-Susitna community college in Alaska. She spent only one semester there and transferred back to U of I where she completed her three final semesters. She worked toward a Bachelor of Science degree in communications-journalism.

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  1. stan Apr 21, 2011 at 1:43 am

    That’s about the worst photoshop job I’ve ever seen on Sarah Palin

  2. Joseph Apr 20, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    I love this post! Interesting information and the Palin and Clinton pictures are classic.

  3. Craig Apr 17, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Joe Biden – ‘506th 0f 688′ – That’s awesome.

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