The Kardashians have built a brand that includes their long-running E! reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and various side ventures, from Khloé Kardashian’s Good American clothing brand to Kim Kardashian’s top-grossing mobile app. So, how did the family manage to build bustling empires that keep raking in dough year after year? Did they spend hours learning the ins and outs of how to run a business by taking grueling college courses and acing all of their exams? Well, not quite.
Though their business sense is admirable, the Kardashian family — including mom, Kris Jenner, and half-sisters, Kylie and Kendall Jenner — aren’t necessarily ones to have their heads buried inside of school books. Many of them decided to bypass the classroom and gain some good ol’ real-life experience instead.
Here’s how far each Kardashian got in school. Spoiler: Three Kardashian siblings have flirted with the idea of going to law school.
Kim Kardashian was quite the social butterfly when she attended Marymount High School in Los Angeles. She was even popular enough to win two superlative honors in her school’s yearbook, snagging “Most Likely to Meet Her Husband at the Million Man March” and “Most Likely to Lie About Her Ethnicity,” according to Us Weekly. Whoa.
Kim went on to earn her diploma from the all-girls Catholic school, as reported by Bravo. And, soon thereafter, she enrolled at Pierce College — a community college in Woodland Hills, Calif., according to Life & Style. She eventually dropped out shortly after enrolling, but she has dreams of furthering her education one day. She told Wonderland in 2016, “If things slow down and I had time, I really want to go to law school — just something I can do in my older age.”
Her husband, Kanye West, dropped a bombshell in a 2018 interview with Extra, stating Kim had enrolled in law school, but Kim’s rep had to backtrack and shut that rumor down. Still, we wouldn’t be shocked if she finished her four-year degree one day and pursued her ambitions to become a lawyer, just like her late father, Robert Kardashian, Sr.
Kris Jenner earned success without a degree
Given as how Kris Jenner is the matriarch of the Kardashian family and the brains behind their massive empires, many would assume the walls of her home office would be lined with college degrees and educational certificates. However, Kris is proof that it doesn’t always take years of schooling to become financially successful.
The momager and entrepreneur attended Clairemont High School in San Diego, Calif. But instead of having her eye on, say, her school’s football captain, 17-year-old Kris was reportedly dating a man more than ten years older than her, according to Jerry Oppenheimer, the author of The Kardashians: An American Drama (via Page Six).
With her high school diploma in hand, Kris bid school adieu and married her first husband, Robert Kardashian Sr., when she was 22, as noted by Harper’s Bazaar. And college would have to wait because Kris soon became focused on being a mommy.
Despite never attending a college campus, Kris wanted to share her business acumen with those who admired her work ethic. She linked up with Legacy Business School in 2016 and became the institution’s “public face and chairman of the board,” the Daily Beast reported. The certification (which cost $105,360 per year) and the school turned out to have an uber-shady past, and Kris later disaffiliated herself from them.
Kourtney attended one of the top party schools
As the eldest sibling in the family, perhaps Kourtney Kardashian believed she needed to set a good example by pursuing a higher level of education. After graduating from the same all-girls school as her younger sister Kim Kardashian, Kourtney packed up her belongings and made a big move on her quest to become a college student.
Kourtney revealed on Twitter that, after graduating from high school, she attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas for two years. But she didn’t last long in the Lone Star State. After completing her first two years, she transferred to the University of Arizona, according to Life & Style magazine. The campus has a reputation for being one of the top party schools in the nation, but Kourtney apparently didn’t let any raging keggers get in the way of her dreams.
She graduated in 2002, and earned a degree in Theatre Arts with a minor in Spanish. According to Us Weekly, Kourtney considered going to law school, but ultimately decided against it after applying.
Did Rob want to follow in his dad’s footsteps?
Rob Kardashian followed big sis Kourtney Kardashian’s lead by also enrolling in a four-year institution after he graduated from high school. The Arthur George sock mogul attended the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and graduated from the prestigious school in 2009, The Hollywood Reporter stated.
However, Rob wasn’t content with just obtaining his bachelor’s degree. He decided to push his education to the max in 2012 when he revealed in a since-deleted tweet (via The Atlantic) that he was going to USC’s Gould School of Law. “School just never ends for me!” he wrote, in part.
But not so fast! USC responded to his tweet in the shadiest way. “News to us. Wish him luck at the law school he’s really attending,” they tweeted, before revealing he hadn’t even applied to the school. WTF, Rob?!
As of this writing, Rob has yet to enroll in law school. But we don’t blame him. He has other things to worry about — like the oodles of non-stop drama with his ex-fiancé, Blac Chyna.
Kylie did ‘everything to prepare for college’
By the time Kylie Jenner entered high school, KUWTK was still as popular as ever. In order to join in on the family business, Kylie eventually left regular school behind and was homeschooled through an institution called Laurel Springs High School.
Though leaving the confines of a traditional school worked out for her, Kylie expressed how tough it was to be homeschooled on an episode of Life of Kylie (via Entertainment Tonight). She revealed that she unfriended all of her high school friends on social media because looking at all of their prom photos was too tough for her. “It really just made me sad,” she said.
Despite being in the dumps and missing out on the typical high school experience, Kylie forged ahead with her studies. She shared the news of her graduation on Instagram in July 2015 when she posted a photo of herself wearing her cap and gown with her diploma in hand and her perfectly lined, pouty lips on full display.
Unsurprisingly, she didn’t have any plans to pursue a college education. “I have done everything to prepare for college, so if I wanted to in the future, I could go at any time. But I’m not planning on going anytime soon,” she told Interview magazine in 2015.
Kendall said peace out to school
Kendall Jenner attended the same private school as her younger sister, Kylie Jenner. And just like Kylie, Kendall took the homeschool route, as well, according to the Daily Mail.
What happened next is a bit fuzzy. While Kendall revealed on her website (via Daily Mail) that acne made her brief stint at a traditional high school nerve-racking, her homeschooling experience was somewhat glossed over. And, for a family who lives their lives in the spotlight, the Kardashian-Jenners failed to make mention of Kendall’s high school graduation until 2015 — the same year Kylie, who was a grade behind Kendall, graduated from Laurel Springs High School.
When Kylie was celebrating her graduation with a glam, fun-filled party in July 2015, Kendall was being honored at the party, as well. “Graduating class of 2014 & 2015! Congrats @kendalljenner & @kyliejenner for graduating high school!” Kim Kardashian wrote in an Instagram caption, in part.
Okay, so they kept Kendall’s 2014 graduation a secret up until 2015. No biggie. But the supermodel’s thoughts on attending college after high school was what really rubbed some people the wrong way. “You talk to people and they say the reason they went to college was to get a job, but I already have a job, so…” the supermodel told Vogue magazine.
If one day she decides modeling isn’t where it’s at, we’re sure her family will have a ton of other opportunities already lined up for her, no college degree required
Khloe ‘struggled really hard’
Being so close in age to her eldest sisters meant Khloé Kardashian had the pleasure of attending high school with Kim and Kourtney Kardashian. However, when both Kim and Kourtney graduated from their all-girls Catholic school, Khloé found herself all alone and super unhappy.
In a blog post on her official website (via Daily Mail), Khloé explained that she was never as popular as Kim and Kourtney, which made school very difficult for her. Sadly, her grades also suffered. “I struggled really hard in school, so I took myself out of Marymount [high school] and forged my parents’ names to enroll in Alexandria Academy,” she wrote.
Her late father, Robert Kardashian, Sr., was “livid when he found out,” but, because he was impressed by how much effort Khloé put into taking control of her own education, he allowed her to enroll in the special academic institution.
Khloé wrote that she excelled at the untraditional school, which is geared towards gifted students and children in the entertainment industry. Once she graduated — with honors, might we add — she hung up her backpack for good. “I knew college wasn’t for me,” she wrote.