This Is Where Your Favorite Celebrities Went to College

Yes, they're just like us.

Sometimes we forget that celebrities are just like us (except the Kardashians—they came out of the womb #famous) and at one time in their life they went to college where they studied, and sometimes earned, degrees in a variety of subjects—yes, besides acting. Here, a look at celebs and their alma maters, proving that they too pulled all-nighters, drank too much alcohol, and griped about their meal plans.

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Amy Poehler

Boston College

Poehler graduated from Boston College with a bachelor's degree in media and communications. She was a member of the college's improvisational comedy troupe called My Mother's Fleabag.

At the 2014 Golden Globes, Poehler made a joke about her time at Boston College when she linked it to a nominee of the award she was giving.

"Masters of Sex is the degree I got from Boston College," she said, high-fiving Tina Fey.

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John Legend

University of Pennsylvania

After succeeding in many areas in high school (he was student-body president and prom king), Legend was offered admission to Harvard University and scholarships to Georgetown University and Morehouse College. However, he decided to attend the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied English with an emphasis on African American literature.

At college, Legend served as president and musical director of a co-ed jazz and pop a cappella group called Counterparts.

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Kristen Bell

New York University

Bell studied musical theater at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and made her Broadway debut while still a student, in a musical version of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Bell, who is an advocate on the importance of openness and acceptance when suffering from depression, first started feeling unlike herself while in college.

"I was at New York University, I was paying my bills on time, I had friends and ambition—but for some reason, there was something intangible dragging me down," Bell said. "Luckily, thanks to my mom, I knew that help was out there—and to seek it without shame."

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Giuliana Rancic

University of Maryland

Rancic received a Bachelor's Degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Master's Degree in journalism from American University. During this time, she worked for a Capitol Hill news bureau covering stories related to the U.S. government.

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Ben Stiller

University of California, Los Angeles

Stiller enrolled as a film student at the University of California, Los Angeles, but after nine months he left school to move back to New York City, his hometown.

"I was the guy who dropped out and moved back in with his parents," Stiller said in a 2016 interview.

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Mindy Kaling

Dartmouth College

At Dartmouth College, Kaling majored in theatre. She created her own comic strip, "Badly Drawn Girl," and performed with the Dog Day Players, an improv group. She also took a semester off to intern for Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

In an interview with New York Magazine, Kaling said, "At Dartmouth College, I was freakin' Jaws in a community swimming pool. I wrote plays, I acted, I sang, I was the student newspaper cartoonist."

She followed with advice for students who were not particularly a "star" at their high school.

"I recommend going to college in the middle of nowhere. I got all the attention I could ever have wanted. If I had gone to NYU, right now I'd be the funniest paralegal in a law firm in Boston."

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Lily Collins

University of Southern California

Collins studied broadcast journalism at the University of Southern California before she got her big break at 20, playing Sandra Bullock's daughter in The Blind Side.

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Lil Wayne

University of Houston

Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., AKA Lil Wayne, attended the University of Houston where he majored in political science.

In a 2005 interview with MTV, Lil Wayne talks about his decision to go to college.

"I'm not going back to school," clarified Wayne, who's been making music professionally since he was 9 years old and recently acquired his GED. "I'm really going to school for the first time."

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Anne Hathaway

Vassar College

Hathaway spent several semesters studying as an English major and women's studies minor at Vassar College before transferring to New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

She has referred to her college enrollment as one of her best decisions because she enjoyed being with others who were trying to "grow up."

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John Krasinski

Brown University

Krasinski planned to be an English major and deferred his first semester of college to teach English in Costa Rica. He then attended Brown University and graduated as a playwright with honors.

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Brooke Shields

Princeton University

Shields attended Princeton University to pursue her bachelor's degree in French literature. She was a member of the Princeton Triangle Club and the Cap and Gown Club. Her autobiography, On Your Own, was published in 1985, three years before she graduated.

In recent years, Shields has opened up about losing her virginity to her college sweetheart, the future TV Superman Dean Cain.

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Emma Watson

Brown

Watson received her bachelor's degree in English literature from Brown University. Unlike some celebrities who became famous post-college, Watson had been famous (very famous) for years. In an interview with NY Daily News, a source stated that sometimes Watson's classmates "would respond [to her answer] with a quote from 'Harry Potter.'" The most popular choice was "Three points for Gryffindor."

"I was in denial," Watson said in an E! News interview. "I wanted to pretend I wasn't as famous as I was. I was trying to seek out normality, but I kind of have to accept who I am, the position I'm in and what happened."

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Denzel Washington

Fordham University

Washington earned a B.A. in drama and journalism from Fordham University. While there, he played basketball as a guard under coach P.J. Carlesimo.

In 2011, Washington gave $2 million to Fordham University to endow the Denzel Washington Chair in Theatre, and also a gift of $250,000 that established the Denzel Washington Endowed Scholarship, which is dedicated to an undergraduate student studying theatre.

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Matthew McConaughey

University of Texas at Austin

McConaughey graduated from University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor's degree in radio-television-film. He still regularly visits campus to attend the Longhorn's football games.

This summer, the University of Texas at Austin announced that McConaughey will be returning to his alma mater to assist in teaching a filmmaking class.

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Kourtney Kardashian

Southern Methodist University and University of Arizona

After two years at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Kardashian transferred to the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she completed her Bachelor's degree in theatre arts and a minor in Spanish.

In an US Weekly article, Kardashian shared that while at college she was stung by a scorpion and failed two classes because she was "too nervous to give speeches."

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Julia Stiles

Columbia University

Stiles graduated from Columbia University with a degree in English literature. In 2010, she received the John Jay Award, an annual honorary award given to five alumni by the Columbia College Alumni Association for professional achievements.

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Elizabeth Banks

University of Pennsylvania

Banks graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a major in communications and a minor in theater arts. While there, she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority.

She then continued her schooling at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, where she earned her MFA.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal

Columbia University

Though Gyllenhaal had a few acting roles throughout her teenage years, she chose to step away for a bit to study literature and Eastern religions at Columbia University.

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Eva Longoria

Texas A&M University

Longoria received her Bachelor of Science in kinesiology at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.




She later earned a Masters in Chicano Studies from California State University, Northridge, presenting her thesis on "Success STEMS From Diversity: The Value of Latinas in STEM Careers."

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Rashida Jones

Harvard

Jones majored in religion and philosophy at Harvard University. She admits that she didn't rebel until college: "I kind of lost my mind for a couple years and went to a lot of raves."

Jones addressed the graduating Class of 2016 at Harvard's Senior Class Day ceremony this past May.

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Adam Sandler

New York University

Sandler attended New York University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. During his freshman year, he was offered a recurring role as the Huxtable's family friend Smitter on The Cosby Show. He also performed regularly in clubs and at universities.

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Meryl Streep

Vassar College

Although Streep was involved in several of her high school's plays, she was uninterested in serious theatre until acting in the play Miss Julie while at Vassar College.

She also received an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree at Dartmouth College, and her Master of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama.

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James Franco

University of California, Los Angeles

Franco is arguably the most educated actor. He enrolled at UCLA as an English major, but dropped out after his first year to pursue a career in acting. He later reenrolled with a creative writing concentration. He even received permission to take as many as 62 course credits per quarter compared to the normal limit of 19, while still continuing to act.

He then moved to New York to simultaneously attend graduate school at Columbia University's MFA writing program, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for filmmaking, and Brooklyn College for fiction writing.

He did this all while also attending the low-residency MFA Program for Writers at North Carolina's Warren Wilson College for poetry.

He received his MFA from Columbia in 2010. Franco is a PhD student in English at Yale University and has attended the Rhode Island School of Design.

He has also taught classes at NYU and USC.

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Zach Braff

Northwestern University

Braff specifically studied at Northwestern University's School of Communication. He became a brother of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity and graduated with a B.A. in film.

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Ashley Judd

University of Kentucky

At the University of Kentucky, Judd completed a major in French, and minors in Anthropology, Art History, Theater, and Women's Studies. She was also part of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.

Later she graduated from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government with an MPA. At Harvard, she was awarded the Dean's Scholar Award for her work in the Harvard Law class, Gender Violence: Law and Social Justice.

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Jodie Foster

Yale

Foster majored in literature at Yale. She wrote her thesis on Toni Morrison and graduated magna cum laude.

"I chose Yale basically for writing and literature," she said. "Of course, you can't be sure—you get your first D and could decide to be a chemistry major."

She returned to Yale in 1993 to address the graduating class, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the university in 1997.

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Rachel Dratch

Dartmouth College

At Dartmouth, Dratch majored in drama and psychology. She was also a member of the improvisational comedy group "Said and Done."

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Renée Zellweger

University of Texas at Austin

Zellweger graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991 with a B.A. in English. While there, she took a drama course as an elective, which initially sparked her interest in acting.

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Will Ferrell

University of Southern California

Ferrell studied sports broadcasting at the University of Southern California. While there, he joined the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and was known for a his pranks— like occasionally dressing in a janitor's outfit and walking into his friends' classes. He was also known for streaking around campus with other Delta Tau Delta friends.

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Brad Pitt

University of Missouri

Pitt majored in journalism with a focus in advertising at the University of Missouri. He also joined the Sigma Chi Fraternity during his time there. With only two weeks left before earning his degree, Pitt left the university and moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.

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