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Donald Trump Education and Schooling

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What do we know so far about such a personality like Donald Trump? The 45th President of the United States, a prosperous businessman, the developer of American real estate, a famous politician, and a favorite former TV star. After Donald Trump won the general election in 2016, even more people became interested in his early life, education and career.

There is no wonder that anyone may come up with questions for such a wealthy and fortunate person.


Let’s clean it up: how did Donald Trump study in school and other institutions? What is the background of his great achievements?

First school

The oldest US President Donald Trump was born in 1946 in Queens, New York. His parents Frederick C. and Mary MacLeod Trump. The first education establishment he entered was the private Kew Forest School, where he presented himself as a smart, talented but overactive child.

NYMA times

In 1959, at the age of thirteen Trump entered the New York Military Academy (NYMA) in Cornwall, from which he expected to receive a stricter development as well as good knowledge. Trump’s performance was of highest quality, both academic and social, and got plenty of positive responses from peers and teachers.

At least as he says himself 

Learning at Fordham University

At the time, Fordham University offered a list of courses in science, history and literature of America, English, sociology, theology and philosophy. Donald Trump studied at that very institution for only two years, because the opportunities he might have received there differed from his real wishes. What is more, as Fordham has been a Jesuit university and Donald came from a non-Catholic family, he wasn’t interested in theology.

The Wharton School

Donald began to seek his luck elsewhere. He opted for the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania, and that was his favorable and great choice. In spite of the fact that Wharton provided essential programs in real estate studies, Donald rarely attended classes because he worked at the company Elizabeth Trump & Son, owned by his father. However, Donald’s Trump academic achievement at the University of Pennsylvania deserved praise, as he participated in various extracurricular activities and conducted research as well. In May 1968, Trump graduated from the university and received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics.

Trump and the draft

Donald Trump was lucky enough to avoid the draft during the Vietnam War.

While studying at Fordham University in the Bronx, he received several student deferments for the draft. Trump once explained that there were a few reasons and aspects for the avoidance. Firstly, in 1969, the Selective Service System of the United States carried out two lotteries to select men for military service. Donald was not drafted because of the high draft lottery number (356 out of 366). Secondly, in 1966 and 1968, he was examined the physical ability and willingness for military service. Although, he was fit enough for service, but got a medical deferment due to heel spurs on both feet in October 1968.

Post-graduate career

Donald Trump’s intention to make a successful career and consistently receive high profits was increasing day by day. If formerly he combined studying at the university and working at his father’s firm, later he became a member of Trump Organization. It is thought that Frederick Christ Trump convinced his son to choose American real estate for his future business.

In conclusion, Donald Trump moved to Manhattan and after a while met a plenty of well-known and wealthy people, who made a strong impact on him, and immersed himself deeply in economics.