President Barack and  first lady Michelle Obama shared today that their oldest daughter, Malia Obama, will be attending Harvard University in fall 2017 after taking a gap year, the White House announced on Sunday.

The statement reads:

“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.”

In the past months, Malia has visited a range of Ivy League, liberal arts, and public schools. Her visits included Brown, Yale, Stanford, UC Berkeley, NYU, Penn and many others, the New York Times reports. There had been much speculation about which school she would choose after graduating from the prestigious Sidwell Friends School in the nation’s capital.

The time off before college will allow her to enter school after her father leaves office. It will also allow her to travel or spend the time relaxing before taking courses toward her four-year degree.

Both Barack and Michelle Obama are graduates of the Harvard Law School.

President Obama explained at the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday evening that the Obamas will remain in Washington DC for a few years so that their younger daughter Sasha can finish school there.

There is no doubt Malia will be successful in her next stage of life.


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