President Barack Obama's oldest daughter is going to Harvard. Malia Obama will attend Harvard University in the fall of 2017, the president and first lady said in a statement on Sunday. U.S. President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia in Chicago April 7, 2016. The 17-year-old will be taking a "gap year" before attending the university, the White House statement said. It was unclear what Malia will be doing in her year off. "Gap years" are often used to travel the world and/or do humanitarian work.