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Sun Aug 14, 2016, 06:30 PM

There is nothing very "awesome" or "exceptional" about Wharton graduates,

according to Donald Trump, who managed to get a degree there. Why shouldn't we believe him?

And there was nothing exceptional about Donald Trump either. He didn't graduate 1st in his class, as some sources claim. He didn't even graduate with honors. And he transferred in as a junior from Fordham, after getting an assist from a family friend. He barely made a mark while he was a student there.

Wharton is the business school associated with U Penn. This is from a U Penn newspaper article, and it is followed by comments from a Fortune article. Both shed some light on Trump's accomplishments at Wharton, or lack thereof.


He added, “It didn’t take long to realize that there was nothing particularly awesome or exceptional about my classmates, and that I could compete with them just fine.”

During Trump’s rise to the top of the real estate development world, various news publications exaggerated his academic achievements at Wharton, according to a 2011 Salon magazine article.

Reports of Trump’s grades at Wharton vary. The New York Times reported in 1973 and 1976 that he graduated first in his class. But in a 1985 biography of Trump, Jerome Tuccille wrote that he was not an honor student and “spent a lot of time on outside business activities.”

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.


Last month, comedy website Funny or Die released a viral video, called “Donald Trump: POW.” The “W” in this case stood for Wharton — the prestigious business school at the University of Pennsylvania. The video mockingly applauds Trump’s ability to remain under the radar during his time in Philadelphia: “Trump was careful not to capture any unwanted attention at school, he evaded the Dean’s List and any kind of honors and any kind of recognition of service,” the video quips.

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