George H.W. Bush Attends Yale University

Bush had been accepted to Yale University prior to his enlistment in the military, and took up the offer after his discharge and marriage.

While at Yale, he was enrolled in an accelerated program that allowed him to graduate in two and a half years, rather than four. He was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and was elected president. He also captained the Yale baseball team, and as a left-handed first baseman, played in the first two College World Series. As the team captain, Bush met Babe Ruth before a game during his senior year. Late in his junior year he was, like his father Prescott Bush (1917), initiated into the Skull and Bones secret society. He graduated as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa from Yale in 1948 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics.

After the War he attended Yale University, and was inducted into the secret society (essentially a fraternity) Skull and Bones, helping him to build friendships and political support. Joining the fraternity a year after him at Bush's request was William Sloane Coffin, a fellow classmaste from the Phillips Academy. They would remain friends and, at times, enemies, throughout their lives, though Coffin became a notable anti-war activist of the political left.