Elle reports that Lola Consuelos, the second eldest child of Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, completed her freshman year of college at New York University in 2019. Older brother Michael attended the same institution, meaning both kids remained close to home despite leaving the nest. Michael graduated with a degree in film in 2020. His sister, meanwhile, is studying music with a view to becoming a professional singer someday.
Ripa admitted she would’ve preferred her kids attend college a bit further away, telling Ryan Seacrest in an interview, “College is where you start establishing yourself as an independent person, so when you send your kid away to college, if your kid stays local … If she feels homesick, I have to say to her, ‘You can’t come home. You have to work it out.'” However, Lola immediately got used to college life, with her mom confirming during an episode of her show, “She loves it, she loves it,” as People reported at the time.
As Ripa recalled, “When she was a little girl, like, 3 years old, she used to play dorm room in her bedroom … So this is like a girl who was meant to live away from us. She was born to live outside of the house!” The former soap star is the biggest supporter of her daughter’s burgeoning music career, too, sharing that she’d been bugging Lola for rough cuts of the songs she was working on for a while.