With election season now in our rearview mirrors, it’s time to put partisanship aside and remember that each president has a significant impact on history in their own distinct way. While some of America’s most famous presidents never received a college degree (for example, Harry Truman, Andrew Jackson, and Abraham Lincoln), most leaders of the free world were no strangers to higher education. Here are the most presidential colleges and universities in the country:
1. The College of William & Mary. Founded in 1693, William & Mary is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the country, making it as historical as it is presidentially influential. Graduates include American juggernauts Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, John Tyler, and even George Washington, who earned his surveyor’s certificate (whatever that is).
2. Harvard University. John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy: five presidents who have at least one thing in common—their crimson alma mater.
3. University of Virginia. No U.S. presidents attended UVA as undergraduates, but two served as presidents of the school, so that has to count for something. Who were they? Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Think about it: it’s not often you get to call yourself president of two different things.
4. United States Military Academy. Other wise known as West Point, the Military Academy is proud to boast many successful alumni, among them Dwight Eisenhower and Ulysses S. Grant, who led the north to victory during the Civil War, meaning his education was, well, pretty much worth it.
5. Yale University. Even though this Ivy League gem’s color is blue, it’s produced three famous republicans: William Taft, George H. Bush, and George W. Bush, which is either the product of a cruel joke or happy coincidence.