Does Donald Trump Have a College Degree?

Many US citizens and other people around the world interested in question: Does Donald Trump Have a College Degree?

Trump grew up in Jamaica, Queens, and attended the Kew-Forest School from kindergarten through seventh grade. At age 13, he enrolled in the New York Military Academy, a private boarding school, after his parents discovered that he had made frequent trips into Manhattan without their permission.

Donald J. Trump
Donald J. Trump
45th President of the United States

Donald Trump spent his youth in the strict discipline of the military academy, and growing up, he learned the basics of real estate business from the best American university teachers. But most importantly - Donald was able to successfully apply the theory studied in educational institutions in practice.

One of the key attributes of the status US President is the highest degree of education of the person occupying the relevant position. To this criterion, the identity of the 45th chapter of the American state is fully consistent. But what kind of education does Donald Trump have? A well-known businessman studied under the strict discipline of the New York Military Academy, and then received the best knowledge in business at lectures at the Fordham University and The Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance, Mr. Trump followed in his father’s footsteps into the world of real estate development, making his mark New York City. 

Donald Trump at Fordham University
Donald Trump received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and a specialization in finance at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

Where did Donald Trump go to college?

The first place of study of Donald Trump was, however, the average New York school Kew Forest. She was in the eastern part of the city, in the Queens area. Father Donald, Frederick Trump, who by that time had become a successful entrepreneur in real estate transactions, then held a position in the administration of Queens. Because of problems with the behavior of Donald at the age of 13 years had to leave the school Kew Forest. His parents decided to send his son to re-education in the New York Military Academy.

Frederick and Mary Ann Trump hoped that the discipline practiced there, promotes the direction of Donald's energy in a positive direction. Studying at the Academy for the future entrepreneur was very successful. There he received a full secondary education.

At the end of school, in 1964, the future 45th President of the United States entered the Fordham University, also located in New York, where he studied for 2 years. Donald managed to do well, but according to Gwenda Blair, author of the book "The Trump Dynasty: An Empire Built for Three Generations" (published in 2001), the future head of the American state viewed Ford University only as a temporary stage of his life, not intending to graduate from the university. His education Donald Trump intended to continue at a different level.

Thus, it was quite logical for the future entrepreneur to transfer to another educational institution, and in 1966 he transferred to the Wharton School of Business in Pennsylvania. There at the university level, which was a rarity for those years, scientific concepts on legal relationships in real estate transactions were taught. In his book "The art of the deal" (published in 1987), the future President of America will write, explaining the decision to move to Pennsylvania, which set the goal to pass the most difficult tests in school.

Donald Trump at University of Pennsylvania


The University of Pennsylvania is one of eight prestigious American universities that are members of the elite Ivy League. In these institutions, students of many American celebrities study.

There are a number of interesting facts that characterize the transfer of Donald to the Wharton School. Gwenda Blair writes that he was interviewed by a friendly man from the admissions office of the Wharton School, who was a classmate of Donald's older brother. However, Gwenda does not claim that Trump entered the university due to kinship ties. Ted Sucks, Donald's classmate at the University of Pennsylvania, says that then the future entrepreneur was not too similar to himself today - when he knows all of America, and even the whole world. Sachs notes that the future US President was a very modest and even shy person. 
At the same time, he never admitted that he was the son of a rich businessman. Only after many years Ted managed to find out about this. The future head of the American state rarely appeared on the university campus on weekends, and did not take an active part in student life. At the same time, in the Journal of the graduates of the Wharton School, published in the spring of 2007, information is reflected that at the time of the relevant publication the famous for the whole world, Donald Trump, was studying at this educational institution. 


Luis Kalomaris, another classmate of the 45th US President, on the contrary, speaks of him as an ambitious person. Kalomaris says that at the first meeting of the group, the professor asked the students what they expect from their studies in Wharton. Trump replied that he wanted to be the next Bill Sackendorf (one of America's most famous businessmen in real estate transactions), while surpassing his achievements. At the same time, Kalomaris notes, the relations between Trump and Wharton were rather formal: he received from the university only what he wanted, discarding, in his opinion, superfluous. For example, the future 45th President of the United States treated fairly regularly, without bothering to prepare for them.

In 1968, Trump received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

According to Trump, after graduating from the military academy in 1964, he was thinking about entering film school, but decided that real estate was the most profitable business. He began his studies at the Fordham University, but two years later he dropped it and entered the The Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania.

1968 - Upon graduation from Wharton, Trump receives a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and a specialization in finance. At that time his father's company was in the lead in real estate, and Donald Trump began working in the family business.

In 1964, Trump began his higher education at Fordham University. After two years, he transferred to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, because it offered one of the few real-estate studies departments in United States academia at the time. Trump was inspired by his father and Manhattan developer William Zeckendorf, vowing to be "even bigger and better". While at Wharton, he worked at the family business, Elizabeth Trump & Son, and graduated in May 1968 with a Bachelor of Science in economics.

Trump did not serve in the military during the Vietnam War. While in college from 1964 to 1968, he obtained four student deferments. In 1966, he was deemed fit for service based upon a military medical examination, and in 1968 was briefly classified as eligible to serve by a local draft board. In September of that year, he was given a medical deferment, which he later attributed to heel spurs. In 1969, he received a high number in the draft lottery, which gave him a low probability to be called to military service.

So, there is no doubt that Donald Trump received a good education, including Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

References:

[1] Learn More About Each President https://www.whitehouse.gov/about-the-white-house/presidents/

[2] Donald J. Trump is the 45th President of the United States https://www.whitehouse.gov/people/donald-j-trump/