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Malia Obama to attend Harvard University

An announcement from the White House revealed that Barack Obama’s eldest daughter is set to attend Harvard University in 2017.
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Barack Obama and his wife Michelle announced over the weekend that their daughter, Malia will commence her studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 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 a statement.

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“She’s one of my best friends!” the proud papa quipped on The Ellen Show.

The 17-year-old is currently a senior student at the prestigious Sidwell Friends School in Washington, which is the same high school where the children and grandchildren of former US Heads of State, Bill Clinton and Franklin and Theodore Roosevelt attended.

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

Malia, who will turn 18 on the fourth of July, visited at least a dozen colleges before she finally settled on Harvard, including the Ivy-league Princeton and Columbia, where both of her parents earned undergraduate degrees.

Barack and Michelle pictured with their two beautiful daughters, Malia, 17, and Sasha, 14.

While her parents are obviously thrilled that their daughter has chosen to attend the elite school, President Obama admitted to Ellen DeGeneres in a recent interview that he declined an invitation to speak at her graduation ceremony, as he will probably be spending the formality in tears.

“I’m going to be wearing dark glasses, sobbing,” he told the talk show host earlier this year. “I’m going to cry.”

“I’m not ready for her to leave,” he added. “She’s one of my best friends. It’s going to be hard for me not to have her around all the time, but she’s ready to go. She’s just a really smart, capable person and she’s ready to make her own way.”

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The first lady has opened up about her daughter’s aspirations in the past, revealing that Malia has expressed her desire to become a filmmaker.

The 17-year-old stunner last year interned on the set of the HBO series, Girls in New York, and previously spent time as a production assistant with CBS.

Congratulations, Malia!

The Obama girls have grown up so much!

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