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Malia Obama Will Start at Harvard in 2017

By Victor Trammell

President Barack Obama’s oldest daughter Malia (pictured center) will be following in the footsteps of her parents when it comes to traveling on her academic path toward attaining a degree in higher education.

According to the New York Times, the 17-year-old daughter of our nation’s First Couple will begin attendance at Harvard University in 2017 to start her college career. The White House announced in a statement on Sunday (May 1st) that Malia Obama will start her freshman year at Harvard in the fall of 2017.

“The President and Mrs. Obama announced today that their daughter Malia will attend Harvard University in the fall of 2017 as a member of the class of 2021. Malia will take a gap year before beginning school,” the White House said in an official statement.

During Malia’s “gap year,” she will be spending the months after her high school graduation traveling the world, engaging in humanitarian work, and engaging in other enriching activities before she begins her college years. Harvard’s academic administrators highly recommend that its prospective students embark on such endeavors to prepare themselves for their academic experience.

Last March, Malia visited Harvard and other Ivy-League schools while she was deciding where she wanted to attend college. This tour led to widespread speculation over what university she would finally end up attending. Malia turns 18-years-old on the Fourth of July of this year.

Malia even visited Stanford Univeristy in California last month with her father. She has remained open-minded about where she would ultimately attend college. Malia is in elite company when it comes to her acceptance into Harvard. The university only accepted 5.2 percent of the applicants who applied to attend there this year.

Many children of former presidents have had the rare opportunity to attend Harvard University. Former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s two sons attended Harvard, as well as Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

Malia will be graduating later this spring from Sidwell Friends School, a prestigious private college prep school located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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