- Earned "the highest grades possibl.e" (1988) 2
- "I got in quickly and easily" to the University of
Pennsylvania Wharton School, adding: "It's one of the hardest schools to get into in the
country -- always has been." (2015, to the Boston Globe) 2
- In the Trump family home: "... the library, a room without books"
- In high school even though Trump's sister Maryanne
"had been doing his homework for him, she couldn't take his tests,
and Donald worried that his grade point average, which put him far
from the top of his class, would scuttle his efforts to get accepted"
at Penn. So "he enlisted Joe Shapiro, a smart kid with a reputation for being a
good test taker, to take his SAT's for him." Trump paid him.
- Trump also had his brother Fred talk to an admissions officer at Penn,
James A. Nolan, whom Fred knew well.
- In Trump's 1960s era "Penn was accepting 40 percent of all
applicants, as opposed to its current cutthroat acceptance rate of seven percent."
- Trump did not graduate with honors. Nor did he make the Dean's list (in 1968).
- William T. Kelley, professor for 47 years at Penn, "must
have told me that 100 times over the course of 30 years. ...
I remember the inflection of
his voice when he said it: `Donald Trump was the dumbest goddamn student I ever had!'
He would say that [Trump] came to
Wharton thinking he already knew everything, that he was arrogant and he wasn't
there to learn." 2
- Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen, under oath in 2019: "I'm giving the Committee today copies
of a letter I sent at Mr. Trump's direction threatening these schools with civil and
criminal actions if Mr. Trump's grades or SAT
scores were ever disclosed without his permission. These are Exhibit 6."
- "This was a major, major thing with Trump -- that people might think he's stupid," Michael Wolff told me around the time of
Siege's publication earlier this summer. "The focus of that for Trump is the college transcripts, which are apparently terrible. I've
spoken to friends of Trump from that time, and this was a guy that was obviously not interested in school and possibly never
read a book in his life. For everyone that had known him then and years afterward, the assumption was that he had terrible
grades, he was a lackluster student at best." 2