Where Obama, Romney, Biden and Ryan Earned Degrees

Barry Lenson

It’s Debatable . . . Where Obama, Romney, Biden and Ryan Earned Degrees

A college degree doesn’t necessarily make for a memorable U.S. president or vice president. Heck, president Calvin Coolidge (aka “Cool Cal”) went to the prestigious Amherst College in Massachusetts, and how much do we remember about his accomplishments now?

But as our presidential and vice-presidential contenders slug it out on the national stage, it’s interesting to review their educational credentials. So here goes . . .

  • President Barack Obama attended Occidental College (1979-1981), transferred and graduated from Columbia University in 1983, then graduated from Harvard Law School in 1991.
  • Governor Mitt Romney attended Stanford University (1965-1966), transferred and graduated from Brigham Young University in 1971, then graduated from Harvard Law School in 1975.
  • Vice President Joe Biden graduated from the University of Delaware in 1965 and went on to graduate from Syracuse University’s College of Law in 1968.
  • Senator Paul Ryan graduated from Miami University in Ohio in 1992.

Someday we’ll have a presidential or vice-presidential candidate who went to college or law school online. Our prediction? It’s not that far in the future. If you’re taking online courses now, who knows? Maybe it will be you.

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