One of President Trump’s college professors at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, William T. Kelley, who taught at the university for 31 years, and has a vivid memory of Trump as a young lad, told one of his closest friends that Trump was the ‘dumbest goddam student’ he ever had.
He recounted this in numerous conversions before Trump had even become president or a political figure in any way.
DiPrima wrote: “Professor Kelley told me 100 times over three decades that ‘Donald Trump was the dumbest goddam student I ever had.’ I remember his emphasis and inflection — it went like this — ‘Donald Trump was the dumbest goddam student I ever had.’ Dr. Kelley told me this after Trump had become a celebrity but long before he was considered a political figure. Dr. Kelley often referred to Trump’s arrogance when he told of this — that Trump came to Wharton thinking he already knew everything.”
And, according to the Daily Pennsylvanian, Trump was only accepted to the prestigious Wharton school due to a family favor:
“Another biographer, Gwenda Blair, wrote in 2001 that Trump was admitted to Wharton on a special favor from a ‘friendly’ admissions officer. The officer had known Trump’s older brother, Freddy.
Trump’s classmates doubt that the real estate mogul was an academic powerhouse. ‘He was not in any kind of leadership. I certainly doubt he was the smartest guy in the class,’ said Steve Perelman, a 1968 Wharton classmate and a former Daily Pennsylvanian news editor.”
Trump has bragged in the past that he was ‘first in his class’ when he graduated from Wharton in 1968 and that he’s a ‘really smart person.’ It turns out, that’s not true at all.
“Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest — and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault.”
The Daily Pennsylvanian published a complete list of the 56 students who were on the Wharton’s Dean List that year, and nowhere on that list is Trump’s name. That means, not only did he not graduate first in his class, but he wasn’t even anywhere near the top 15 percent, making his claims that much more exaggerated.
While Trump’s transcripts have never been publicly released, it’s not hard to verify this kind of information. Wharton graduate Stephen Foxman spoke with the DP and said that if Trump graduated with any honors he likely would have been mentioned in the 1968 Commencement Program. A copy of the program from the Penn Archives shows 20 Wharton award and prize recipients, 15 cum laude recipients, four magna cum laude recipients and two summa cum laude recipients for Trump’s graduating year. Trump’s name was never listed.
A copy of the program from the Penn Archives shows 20 Wharton award and prize recipients, 15 cum laude recipients, four magna cum laude recipients and two summa cum laude recipients for Trump’s graduating year. Trump’s name was never listed.
“If he had done well, his name would have shown up,” Foxman said.
Trump has previously suggested that he had an MBA from Wharton’s prestigious graduate school, opting to tell people he went to the “famous” Wharton. But, that too, was a lie. They’re pretty much known for their business graduate degrees, and Trump played on that prestige when he spoke with people. In reality, Trump never attended any graduate studies there, and only transferred in during his junior year to enroll in their undergraduate program for two years.
Several of his classmates gave a mixed account of his time there but stated that he didn’t seem to be much of an intellectual man – opting to leave the campus over the weekend to go back to New York. When he was there, he didn’t study a lot according to Wharton graduate Louis Calomaris, saying he did not “seem to care about being prepared. Don was loath to really study much.”