Colleges Attended by 2016 Presidential Candidates

Before they dominated the political airwaves this past summer, these presidential candidates were once like you, and while you may not agr...

Before they dominated the political airwaves this past summer, these presidential candidates were once like you, and while you may not agree with their political ideology or party affiliations, you might be supersized to learn that you share the same Alma mater or college majors with the presidential candidates. For example, Hillary Clinton and Dr. Ben Carson might be at odds politically, but surprisingly, they are both products of Yale University. Here are the rest of the candidates and the colleges they attended.

Ben Carson

Before becoming a world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and becoming a leading GOP presidential contender, Dr. Benjamin S. Carson and his wife Candy Carson were once students at Yale University. Ben graduated with a psychology degree in 1973 before proceeding to the University of Michigan Medical School to study medicine. Candy on the other hand, graduated with three degrees in music, psychology and pre-med two years later.

Bernie Sanders

Before calling for a revolution in our political system, Bernie Sanders led several revolutions as a college student at the University of Chicago. He was once fined $25 for resisting arrest during a demonstration against segregation in Chicago's public schools and also led a rally at the University of Chicago administration building to protest university president's segregated campus housing policy. Sanders graduated in 1964 with a degree in political science.



Hillary Clinton

Much like Dr. Carson who met his spouse at Yale University, former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and husband President Bill Clinton were law students at Yale when they started dating. But before Yale, Hillary Clinton attended Wellesley College where she was a roommate with another well know celebrity. At Wellesley she studied political science and received her B.A. in 1969. Throughout most of her time in Wellesley College, Hillary Clinton was politically active and it might surprise you to know that she was actually a Republican before leaving the party during the 1968 Republican National Convention.

Jeb Bush

Shortly after meeting the girl that would eventually become his wife while volunteering as an English as a second language tutor at a small village outside of León, Guanajuato, Mexico, Jeb Bush returned home a renewed man; and unlike many in his family who had attended Yale University, Jeb Bush chose to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where he played on the Texas Longhorns varsity tennis team. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude with a B.A. in Latin American studies in just two and a half years.

Marco Rubio

Though he might not seem much like a football player, Marco Rubio actually once attended Tarkio College for one year on a football scholarship from 1989 to 1990, before enrolling at Santa Fe Community College (now Santa Fe College), in Gainesville, Florida. He later transferred to the University of Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1993, and his J.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 1996. Like many recent college graduates, Rubio accumulated more than $100,000 in student loans, which he recently paid off in 2012.

Martin O'Malley

While he might be the only presidential candidate in a musical band, you might be surprised to learn that Martin O'Malley attended a conservative Catholic University of America where he graduated in 1985 before moving on to study law at the University of Maryland School of Law. O'Malley became politically active as a college students when he joined the Gary Hart presidential campaign in the 1984 election.

Donald Trump

Unlike the majority of his peers vying for the oval office with past political experience, Republican front runner Donald Trump comes from the world of business and clearly does not shy away from letting us know that. Trump who started college at Fordham University in Bronx, New York before transferring to the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania graduated with a degree in Economics in 1968. Shortly after graduation, Trump joined his father's real estate company and as they say, the rest is history.




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