Trump cited his attendance at Wharton as evidence of intellect: “the hardest school to get into, the best school in the world,” calling it “super genius stuff,' awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to economist Arthur Laffer.
James Nolan, former admissions officer at Penn: 'I was not struck by any sense that I’m sitting before a genius, certainly not a super genius.”
Trump began donating to Penn right around the time that Donald II began classes in 1996 and Ivanka Trump in 2000; records are unclear as to the amount he gave during that period. Trump followed a precedent that had been used on his own behalf.
Jared Kushner was notoriously admitted to Harvard despite low GPA and low SA T, prompting an official at his private school to say: “it was a little bit disappointing, because there were at the time other kids we thought should really get in on the merits, and they did not.”