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‘So Proud’: Sasha Obama to Attend the University of Michigan

Sasha Obama has opted for a Big Ten university instead of going to an Ivy League school like her parents Barack and Michelle Obama and older sister Malia.

The Detroit News reports that Sasha, real name Natasha Obama, is enrolled at the University of Michigan, where classes start Tuesday. News of the 18-year-old attending the Ann Arbor school came in December of 2018 when she reportedly posted an Instagram photo of herself and two friends on the university’s campus.

“So proud to say I’m going to college with my sisters,” wrote the college freshman.

The Obamas’ youngest daughter, as well as Secret Service agents, were seen by a few students on U of M’s campus in summer freshman orientation.

“I was walking by pushing a vacuum and she walked out right in front of me,” said third year student Zach Lassen. “I said, ‘Excuse me.’ It was a crowded hallway with her and some Secret Service dudes.”

Sasha Obama attended Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., and there’s no word on what her major will now be.

As of the fall 2018 semester, the University of Michigan had 45,883 undergrad students enrolled on its three campuses — Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint, according to its website. And the current tuition for out of state students is $51,200 on the Ann Arbor campus. In-state tuition is $15,558.

Caroline Adler Morales, who’s a spokeswoman for Michelle Obama, wouldn’t confirm whether the teen is now an official Wolverine or not. And Rick Fitzgerald, a school spokesman for the University, also declined.

“We cannot confirm the enrollment of any student,” he explained. “Classes do not start until next week, and we are weeks away from official enrollment information.”

Malia Obama is currently in her third year at Harvard after taking a year off school in 2016.

Her mother attended Princeton University in New Jersey for her undergraduate studies, and Barack Obama attended Columbia University for his. Both the former president and first lady attended Harvard Law School as well.

Sasha Obama is part of the class of 2023, and her fellow students seem generally excited about the news of her enrollment.

“We hope she finds her fit here just like we all have,” said sophomore Jessica Brinser. “We all love it here. We hope she does.”

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