Donald John Trump was the 45th president of the United States and led the nation through four tumultuous years between 2016 to 2020. Trump has often boasted about his success in business and his high intelligence level.
It is hard to determine what Donald Trump’s SAT scores were since those records are kept secret. Trump has repeatedly said he scored exceedingly high on the test but no factual numbers have been revealed. Several people close to Trump claim he has threatened anyone who tried to reveal his SAT scores.
Trump’s schooling history is mostly a public affair but his SAT scores remain shrouded in mystery. Multiple requests to make them public have been ignored by the schools that Trump attended as a youth.
Trump’s Early Life
Donald John Trump was born on June 14, 1946, at Jamaica Hospital in New York City to father Frederick Christ Trump and his mother Mary Anne MacLeod Trump. Donald’s father was a successful real estate developer who had made millions over the last few decades.
Trump grew up with two sisters and two brothers. Multiple reports have stated that Frederick was very hard on his children and instilled a strong desire for them all to succeed. He was often overbearing and very strict.
Young Donald Trump was a pretty good student in his early years but also got into some trouble, displeasing his father. This led to his dad searching for a solution to keep his young son in line.
Frederick decided it would be best if he enrolled his son in a strict and regimented military school. He saw it as a way to keep his child structured and committed to his education.
Trump was enrolled at the New York Military Academy at the age of 13 and then enrolled at Fordham University in 1964.
Trump was a star athlete during his school days. He played varsity soccer, baseball, and football. He won multiple awards for his work in sports and was one of the highest-ranked cadets when studying at New York Military Academy.
Trump was voted the school’s “Ladies Man” during his senior year and he was known to be a romantic and charming young man with many female friends.
After two years of Fordham, Trump transferred to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and studied economics. He would later graduate with a B.S. in economics. It has been reported by various sources that he graduated first in his class at Wharton.
Trump graduated from Wharton in 1968 and has reminded crowds about this often. However, although he has often said he left school with the top grades, nothing is known about his GPA or SAT scores too.
Claims About his SAT Scores
In 2019, Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen swore before Congress that he was forced to threaten schools to not release President Trump’s grades of SAT scores. Cohen implied that Trump’s scores were low and he wanted them to remain sealed.
Trump’s niece, Mary L. Trump, claimed that her uncle paid someone to take the SAT for him to gain college admission.
No records of Donald Trump’s SAT scores have ever been released, despite pleas for his school to do so during the presidential election in 2016.
Additionally, his time at Wharton was also thrown into question in 2019 when the Washington Post reported that Trump’s brother pressured a friendship with an admissions officer to get young Donald enrolled in the school.
There has also been speculation that Trump was accepted to these prestigious schools because of his father’s status in the city.
Business Success and Entrance to Politics
After graduating from college, Donald Trump continued to carry his family name forward by becoming an ultra-popular real estate icon in New York City. He would also expand his reach into New Jersey and build multiple high-profile casinos in Atlantic City.
Trump would brag about his time in school and his high SAT score and good grades. He also said multiple times that his IQ was very high and made derogatory comments about other peoples’ intelligence.
When running for president, Trump refused to shed any light on his schooling career as well as his tax returns. Investigations into his time as a student have come up empty-handed.
As with other parts of his biography, it is hard to tell what is fact and what is fiction with Donald Trump. It is unlikely that his SAT scores will ever be revealed.