Malia Obama to Attend Harvard After Gap Year

The 17-year-old first daughter decides on the prestigious university after vists to Stanford, Yale and Columbia

Last Updated: May 1, 2016 @ 6:26 PM

Malia Obama will attend Harvard University in the fall of 2017 after graduating from high school and taking a gap year, the White House said Sunday.

Malia, 17, is the older of the president’s two daughters. She visited more than a dozen schools, including Stanford, Yale and Columbia, before making her decision.

There was no word yet on what she would be doing during her year between high school and college. But when she does go off to Harvard, the Secret Service will be following her every move, much like they did when former first daughter Chelsea Clinton attended Stanford.

The older Obama daughter was 10 when her father became president. She’s a senior at the elite Sidwell Friends School in northwest Washington. Her sister, Sasha, 14, is finishing her freshman year at the private school.

At one point it was thought that Malia would be setting her sights on Hollywood. She worked as a production assistant for a day in the summer of 2014 on the Los Angeles set of Halle Berry‘s sci-fi series “Extant.”

“She helped with computer shop alignments and the director also let her slate a take,” an individual with knowledge of the production told TheWrap.

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