Trump the extremely stable genius? Former admissions officer reveals how president got into Ivy League school

'I certainly was not struck by any sense that I’m sitting before a genius,' says former admissions officer who met with future-president

Trump: 'I'm a very stable genius'

Donald Trump has called himself an “extremely stable genius” over the years, pointing to his Ivy League education from Pennsylvania’s Wharton School for businesses as an example of the “super genius stuff” he claims to be capable of achieving.

However, a new report featuring insight from the school’s former admissions officer who met Mr Trump during his application process has shed new light on just how easy it was for the president to get into the university in the 1960s.

James Nolan, the former admissions officer who reportedly was the only official from his department to meet with Mr Trump during the admissions process, said he was not significantly impressed by the future president when the pair met at the time.

"I certainly was not struck by any sense that I’m sitting before a genius," Mr Nolan said in a Washington Post report published on Tuesday. "Certainly not a super genius."

Mr Nolan described Mr Trump’s process of getting into the university as “not very difficult” while noting the majority of applicants were accepted to Wharton at the time (the school now boasts a 7.4 per cent admissions rate).

He said Mr Trump’s older brother, Fred Trump Jr, called his phone in 1966 and requested an interview for his brother.

“He called me and said, ‘You remember my brother Donald?’ Which I didn’t,” Mr Nolan said. “He said, ‘He’s at Fordham and he would like to transfer to Wharton. Will you interview him?’ I was happy to do that.”

Mr Trump reportedly brought his father along to the admissions interview, who then attempted to “ingratiate” himself with Mr Nolan. Mr Nolan’s boss would make the ultimate decision in determining whether to accept Mr Trump into the university.

The former admissions officer told Washington Post that while he could not remember the admissions rating he gave the president, “It must have been decent enough to support his candidacy.”

Support free-thinking journalism and attend Independent events

The interview contradicts numerous past claims made by Mr Trump regarding his own acceptance to the Ivy League university, along with other claims that Wharton was “the hardest school to get into” at the time.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in