The President Barack Obama’s daughter, Malia Obama, is set to attend Harvard University in 2017 after she takes a year off from her studies. She will be following both her parents whose alma mater is Harvard Law.


“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 a statement.

The decision was a long-awaited one that much speculation surrounded. The 17-year-old has opted to take a “gap year” where high school students prefer a break between high school and college to seek knowledge outside the classroom.

This decision to hold off her studies is to help aid her ease into her freshman year at Harvard.

“When you’re a presidential has-been, the rest of your life you’re famous, you’re a target, you’re in a security bubble, but it’s not the same,” said Gil Troy, a presidential historian at McGill University and the author of The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s. “The kids can get to at least some level of irrelevance that they absolutely cannot get when they’re still in the White House.”

Harvard accepted 5.2 percent of applicants this year, making this admissions cycle the most selective in its nearly four-century history.

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