Malia Obama Is Applying to Colleges
But where she'll attend is anybody's guess
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2015 10:38 AM CDT
President Barack Obama, right, and his daughters Malia Obama, left, and Sasha Obama, second from left, greet Pope Francis upon his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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(Newser) – High school seniors busily applying for college have a certain First Daughter among their ranks, and the New York Times takes a long look today at where Malia Obama might end up. Little is known about her preferences or her grades, but her personal life definitely makes her an attractive candidate, one expert tells the Times: "Without question, the places and people she has been exposed to would be fodder for a more curious mind and wider personal knowledge than her peers—and that can’t help but be apparent in her college entrance applications and interviews." What is known: where she's toured so far, a mix of Ivy League, liberal arts, and public institutions.

The Ivies she's visited are Brown, Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania; she's also been to Stanford, New York University, Tufts, Barnard, Wesleyan, and the University of California, Berkeley. Her dad hasn't come along on any visits, and sometimes even her mom has skipped out, allowing for a more low-key experience. (Slightly more low-key—she still gets shown around by prominent students with prominent parents.) Though neither Malia nor her parents are giving up many hints of where she might attend (she's been spotted wearing Stanford gear before, though), she'll probably listen to her dad's recent advice to a group of high school students: "Keep your grades up until you get in, and after that, make sure you pass." (She had a pretty sweet summer internship.)