U.S. Presidents Without a College Degree

Do all U.S. Presidents have a college degree? If not, who are the Presidents without a college degree? At the end of this blog post, I will list 9 U.S. Presidents without a college degree.

I will not go too far, I will share the information I got from Wikipedia. This involves the U.S. Presidents and their level of education. In the end, I will list those without a college degree.

U.S. Presidents Without a College Degree You Didn’t Know

Presidents High school or equivalent Undergraduate school Graduate school
George Washington Lower Church School none none
John Adams Braintree Latin School Harvard University Harvard University (A.M.)[16]
Thomas Jefferson James Maury’s School The College of William and Mary none
James Madison Donald Robertson’s School Princeton University none
James Monroe Campbelltown Academy The College of William and Mary (did not graduate) none
John Quincy Adams Passy Academy Leiden University (transferred)
Harvard University
Harvard University (A.M.)[17]
Andrew Jackson William Humphries’ Academy
James White Stephenson’s Academy
none none
Martin Van Buren Kinderhook Academy
Washington Seminary
none none
William Henry Harrison Millfield Academy Hampden–Sydney College (withdrew) University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (withdrew)
John Tyler College of William and Mary Preparatory School The College of William and Mary none
James K. Polk Zion Presbyterian Church Academy
Bradley Academy
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill none
Zachary Taylor Kean O’Hara’s Academy[18] none none
Millard Fillmore New Hope Academy none none
Franklin Pierce Phillips Exeter Academy Bowdoin College Northampton Law School (withdrew)
James Buchanan Old Stone Academy Dickinson College none
Abraham Lincoln Briefly attended schools in Hardin County, Kentucky, and Spencer County, Indiana none none
Andrew Johnson Tutored while an apprentice tailor and by his wife none none
Ulysses S. Grant Maysville Academy United States Military Academy none
Rutherford B. Hayes Norwalk Seminary
The Webb School
Kenyon College Harvard Law School
James Garfield Geauga Seminary Hiram College (transferred)
Williams College
Chester A. Arthur Schenectady Lyceum and Academy Union College State and National Law School (did not graduate)
Grover Cleveland Clinton Academy none none
Benjamin Harrison Farmers’ College Miami University none
William McKinley Poland Academy Allegheny College (withdrew)
Mount Union College (withdrew)
Albany Law School (withdrew)
Theodore Roosevelt Schooled at home by parents and private tutors Harvard University Columbia Law School (withdrew) (awarded J.D. in 2008, class of 1882)
William Howard Taft Woodward High School Yale University University of Cincinnati College of Law
Woodrow Wilson Schooled at home by parents and private tutors Davidson College (transferred)
Princeton University
University of Virginia School of Law (withdrew)
Johns Hopkins University Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (Ph.D.)
Warren G. Harding Caledonia High School Ohio Central College none
Calvin Coolidge Black River Academy
St. Johnsbury Academy
Amherst College none
Herbert Hoover Friends Pacific Academy (now George Fox University) Capital Business College (attended)
Stanford University
Franklin D. Roosevelt Groton School Harvard University Columbia Law School (withdrew) (awarded J.D. in 2008, class of 1907)
Harry S. Truman Independence High School Spalding’s Commercial College (withdrew) Kansas City Law School (now University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law) (withdrew)
Dwight D. Eisenhower Abilene High School United States Military Academy (West Point) United States Army Command and General Staff College
United States Army Industrial College
United States Army War College
John F. Kennedy Dexter School
The Choate School
London School of Economics (General Course Program)
Princeton University (transferred)
Harvard University
Stanford Graduate School of Business (auditor)
Lyndon B. Johnson Johnson City High School Southwest Texas State Teachers College (now Texas State University) Georgetown University Law Center (withdrew)
Richard Nixon Whittier High School Whittier College Duke University School of Law
Gerald Ford Grand Rapids South High School University of Michigan University of Michigan Law School (transferred)
Yale Law School
Jimmy Carter Plains High School Georgia Southwestern College (transferred)
Georgia Institute of Technology (transferred)
United States Naval Academy
Union College (Postgraduate Nuclear Physics Course Program)
Ronald Reagan Dixon High School Eureka College none
George H. W. Bush Phillips Academy Yale University none
Bill Clinton Hot Springs High School Georgetown University
University of Oxford (Rhodes Scholar; withdrew)
Yale Law School (J.D.)
George W. Bush Phillips Academy Yale University Harvard Business School
Barack Obama Punahou School Occidental College (transferred)
Columbia University
Harvard Law School (J.D.)
Donald Trump New York Military Academy Fordham University (transferred)
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Joe Biden Archmere Academy University of Delaware Syracuse University College of Law (J.D.)
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List of U.S. Presidents with no College Degrees 

  1. George Washington
  2. James Monroe
  3. Andrew Jackson
  4. Martin Van Buren
  5. Zachary Taylor
  6. Millard Fillmore
  7. Abraham Lincoln
  8. Andrew Johnson
  9. Grover Cleveland

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