Donald Trump’s Educational Background

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

New York business magnate and 45th president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, loves to brag about his quality of education. But the fact of the matter is that his educational journey is surprisingly a shorter one; Trump’s highest qualification is a bachelor’s degree in economics, with finance being his main area of specialization. Let’s take a look at Trump’s educational background.

Kew-Forest School, Queens

Trump grew up in Jamaica Estates in Queens, New York. His early childhood was characterized by a bit of uncouth behavior, which got his rich father Fred Trump deeply worried about his boy’s future. Being a smart businessman, Fred Trump took corrective measures and addressed little Donald’s waywardness.

Before he attained the age of 13, Trump schooled at the Kew-Forest School — it’s an old preparatory school in Forest Hill, Queens. The school offers coeducational preschool tuition for students through 12th Grade. Trump started showing his bad colors right at this preparatory school. To stop him from causing further troubles, his dad took him to New York Military Academy so that he could be disciplined over there.


New York Military Academy

Trump excelled greatly at the military academy. His social and academic life transformed in a positive direction. He was also a great sportsman. Trump was a star soccer player, an athlete, and a member of the academy’s baseball team.

Tapping into his leadership skills, Trump was appointed a cadet captain. In 1964, his graduation year, he led his cadet members to 5th Avenue during a parade on Memorial Day.

Notwithstanding the fact that he was seen as a bully and a Ladies Man, Trump believes that his formative years were those he spent at the New York Military Academy. However, Trump went on to become a businessman, instead of serving in the Vietnam War as an American troop. The president acknowledges that he felt guilty of not going to Vietnam. But truth be spoken, a medical deferment disqualified him from military deployment.

It’s hard to dig into the details of Trump’s academic performance at the academy. After boasting of his intelligence, Trump had his lawyers and legal team bar his former schools from releasing his academic results. He entered Fordham University for a while.

Fordham University

After graduating from military academy, Trump enrolled at Fordham University for 2 years (1964-1966) before leaving on a transfer to the University of Pennsylvania. Trump claims that he transferred to Pennsylvania because he wanted a new challenge with the best. There are also rumors that he left Fordham because of bad grades.

Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

In 1966, Donald J. Trump entered University of Pennsylvania to read Economics as an undergraduate student. His interest in real estate may have convinced him to read economics in order to widen his financial literacy. When his elder brother Robert struggled to live a responsible life, Trump stepped in to inherit and manage his family‘s real estate businesses.

In 1968, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Claiming that he topped his graduating class, Trump has blocked all access to his academic results. Meanwhile, he constantly questioned president Obama’s educational background.

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14 Responses

  1. Raymonc Clary says:

    Regarding the above negative comments about our President’s denying access to his educational records, I have learned since my graduation from the Naval Academy in 1965 that my education served to open many doors for me. However, it was my performance in the jobs I have held that defined my successes. Whether I was first in my class or last, it was my performance that mattered most. Donald Trump’s performance as President has exceeded all expectations — and has absolutely enraged his liberal detractors.

    • Nai’a says:

      Let’s see ..???
      I assume, that, after receiving his BS Degree (I’m not referring to Bachelor of Science Degree .. rather, Bull S**T degree, with MULTIPLE BANKRUPTCIES, to support his INEPTITUDE ) which Daddy, once again, had to come rescue his sorry OKOLE), he continued on his path of privileged, underperformance, selfishness, bullying (probably had big, paid-off support), disrespect, and NARCISSISM, from the beginning. To a point where his incompetence is threatening the Stability, Respect, and Leadership, Of the GREATEST COUNTRY ON EARTH !!

    • Demetrio says:

      That’s why Republicans against Trump exists. It has nothing to do with liberal detractors. But nice try.

    • Rick says:

      Yes, keep drinking that Orange Kool-Aid.

  2. Janice Bullock says:

    I agree with Raymonic that performance matters more than academic grades; however, moral and ethical performance matters most, and this is where President Trump has failed dismally. A student displaying such behavior (bullying, name calling, racial slurring, posting threats on social media) would find him/herself facing consequences, including suspension. I fear for our country’s future when we condone such behavior from our President without consequences and place financial success above our moral and ethical values.

    • Jerry Chambers says:

      He obviously did not graduate at the top of his class or we would hear constantly about his magna cum laude. He probably failed out of Fordham. But the most serious thing was the trouble he got into at Kew-Forest. A friend of mine, who attended Kew-Forest with him told be that he was notorious for his gang-crime that he was involved in. All the members of the gang except him were arrested, but somehow he got off and withdrew. This did not surprise me when he told me this but the crime was quite awful but consistent with his normal behavior.

      • Ben Conners says:

        Jerry is exactly correct about the gang-???? that he was involved in. I have a friend that went to school with him and related this to me. His daddy made compensation and promised to “straighten him out.” His buddies were not so lucky.

  3. Mar says:

    I think he left Fordham because the school would not take money from his dad to assure passing grades for him. On to U. Of Pa. , there daddy could give lots of money to insure son at least graduated. If someone hides something you can bet that they don’t want anyone to see it. No one hides good, only bad!

  4. Chappie says:

    Don the Con. He was given every opportunity to excel in this world. Yet he either dumbs down his speech to pander to his base to which he admits is beneath him. Or he truly is a dotard. He has conned people into believing failure to be success, that it better to appear to be strong than be strong, to say you are smart than actually act intelligently, to pretend to be sure than to actually know, to believe he actually has a plan when none exists , to be respected when he respects nobody, to say he has faith when he has never practiced it. To say he has performed beyond expectation is saying something about how low those expectations where and are. He is an unmitigated disaster as both a human being and the POTUS.

  5. Lee Simms says:

    I voted for Donald thinking he would be a change of pace from “politics as usual”. He definitely was a change from the norm. The change was a very ugly and repulsive one. He turned out to be a racist, rich, spoiled brat and he didn’t care who knew about it. I don’t mind going back to “politics as usual”. Anybody but Trump this time. Go Biden!

  6. revniw says:

    For him to hold a BS degree in any discipline from any institution and display this level of stupidity is not just alarming, but frightening in the office of President of the United States of America.

  7. Linda Moore says:

    I think is has already been said so well. This administration has been a disaster and this AM on the news to find out our young men in service have a bounty on their backs is sickening. He does not care and has done nothing. He has torn our county apart and the people he has in place are as inept as he is. God help us.

  8. Harold says:

    Trump’s demonstrated mental abilities does not speak well for the U of P.

  9. Rob says:

    I am horrified that this man may be elected again. He certainly has not done anything but harm our country.

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