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This March 20, 2016 photo shows the program for the May 20, 1968 graduation at the University of Pennsylvania, with Donald Trump’s name listed among students receiving a bachelor of science degree in economics from the Wharton School (top, far right).

February 16, 2017

Penn student newspaper debunks Trump’s reported claims of graduating top of his class

The University of Pennsylvania’s student-run newspaper, The Daily Pennsylvanian, reports that school records suggest President Donald Trump did not graduate in the top 15 percent of his class in 1968 and he did not make the dean’s list, despite his reported claims.

“In 1968, The Daily Pennsylvanian published a list of the 56 students who were on the Wharton Dean’s List that year,” the newspaper notes. “Trump’s name is not among them.”

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The school newspaper adds that the university's online alumni database lists 366 graduates of its business school in 1968, therefore, not being named among the top 56 means that Trump didn’t “graduate first in his class,” as he’s reportedly claimed in past interviews. Nor does it appear that he graduated in the top 15 percent of his class.

The commencement program from 1968 does not list Trump as graduating with honors of any kind.

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This March 20, 2016, photo shows the program for the May 20, 1968, graduation at the University of Pennsylvania, with Donald Trump's name listed among students receiving a bachelor of science degree in economics from the Wharton School.


For its report, The Daily Pennsylvanian also spoke with several of Trump’s former classmates, who helped paint a picture of the kind of student the president appeared to be. Interviewees noted that he did not stand out academically and appeared to be most focused on his real estate dealings in New York.

Read the full report at The Daily Pennsylvanian.