10+ celebrities you didn’t know that had a college degree

When you think of celebrities, you probably start recalling which movies they appear in, who they are (or were) married to, or which dramas they've been involved in, right? You may even know their children's names, when their birthdays are or where they live. But do you know where they got their degrees? Yes, there are lots of celebrities that attended university and got themselves a bachelor's (or even master's!) degree. And you probably didn't even know about it! Here's a list of 50 incredibly famous people who found the time to enroll at the university, go to class, study and graduate.



Adam Sandler


You all know Adam Sandler. He's the guy from Don't Mess with the Zohan, 50 First Dates, Anger Management, The Hot Chick, and the list goes on and on. Can you believe that the guy from "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" actually has a Master's in Fine Arts from New York University?

Alec Baldwin


Alexander Rae Baldwin III. This American actor-producer and comedian is known for his roles in The Aviator, The Shadow, and Beetlejuice, among others. What you may not know is that Jack Donaghy from "30 Rock" completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at New York University.

Arnold Schwarzenegger


Yes, Terminator has a degree too. Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is not only an actor, bodybuilder, producer, businessman and California's former governor. He's also a Bachelor's in Business and International Economics from University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Brian May


This English guy may be one of the best musicians of all times. You probably know Brian Harold May as the lead guitarist of Queen. But did you know that he's an astrophysicist too? He actually was awarded a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the Imperial College of London. A Ph.D.!

Ashley Judd


Ashley Judd, best known for her leading roles in Kiss the Girls, Where the Heart Is, High Crimes, Dolphin Tale, and Missing, is not only an actress. This activist attended the University of Kentucky and majored in French and minored in theater, anthropology, art history and women's studies.

Brooke Shields


This American actress and model is an Ivy League girl. That's right guys, don't look so surprised. Brooke Shields suspended her career as a model in order to attend Princeton, where she got her bachelor's degree in Romance Languages.

Chevy Chase


Cornelius Crane "Chevy" Chase. The guy from Fletch Lives, National Lampoon's Vacations and Seems Like Old Times attended Bard College, where he got his bachelor's degree in English.

Chris Martin


This is Christopher Anthony John Martin, and you probably know him because he's the singer of Coldplay. The thing is that the guy who sings Yellow actually went to University College London and got himself a bachelor's in Greek and Latin.

Chris O’Donnell


He's hot, isn't he? But that's not the reason he's on this list. Christopher Eugene O'Donnell is more than a pretty face. He went to Boston College and got a Bachelor's degree in Science in marketing.

David Duchovny


Agent Fox Mulder attended not one but two Ivy League schools. David Duchovny has an A.B. in English literature from Princeton as well as an M.A. in English literature from Yale.

David Schwimmer


We all know that Ross has a Ph.D. from Columbia and that he's a paleontologist. But you probably didn't know that David Schwimmer, who's known for playing Ross Geller, has a bachelor's degree in Arts from Northwestern University.

Debra Messing


Do you know Grace Adler from Will & Grace? Well, Debra Messing is not an interior designer in real life. This actress graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Arts in Arts of Theater Arts and she has a Master's in Fine Arts from New York University.

Denzel Washington


Denzel Washington is the guy from Malcolm X, American Gangster, Philadelphia, Training Day, Man on Fire, Unstoppable, Flight and tons of other movies. This famous actor attended Fordham University and earned a bachelor's degree in Drama and Journalism.

Donald Sutherland


Yes, this is Jack Bauer's dad. This Canadian actor appeared in Pride & Prejudice, Without Limits, Eye of the Needle and The Hunger Games. But Donald Sutherland also graduated from the University of Toronto with a double major in engineering and drama.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson


This actor and professional wrestler born in California has a degree too. Did you know that? The Rock attended the University of Miami and got himself a bachelor's degree in General Studies.

Edward Norton


Yes, this is the guy from American History X, Primal Fear, Fight Club, The Illusionist, Moonrise Kingdom, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Hulk and more. But you probably didn't know that Edward Norton is also the guy from Yale. Yes, that's right: Yale. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.

Emma Watson


Everybody knows that this girl is not only an actress but also an activist. The thing is that Hermione studied at Brown University and Worcester College, Oxford. Emma Watson graduated from Brown with a bachelor's degree in English literature.

Eva Longoria


This desperate housewife is an actress, producer, activist, and businesswoman. But what you probably don't know is that Eva Longoria attended Texas A&M University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. After that, she got a master's degree in Chicano Studies from California State University.

Forest Whitaker


Did you know that The Last King of Scotland graduated from USC? Forest Whitaker studied at the University of Southern California and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting.

Gabrielle Union


You may remember her as Isis, from Bring It On. The thing is that this cheerleader was not only the Clover's team captain. Gabrielle Union attended UCLA and earned a degree in sociology.

Gloria Estefan


Yes, the Cuban-American singer of "Conga" is actually a college girl. Gloria Estefan attended the University of Miami and graduated with a BA in psychology, with a minor in French.

Greg Kinnear


This guy is more than just an actor, he actually is a Nobel Prize-winning paleontologist! Oh no, wait, that happened on Friends. Greg Kinnear attended the University of Arizona and graduated with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism.

Hill Harper


This is the guy from The Visit. Does it ring a bell? Hill Harper graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and with a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. But that's not all! He got a Master of Public Administration Degree from the JFK School of Government at Harvard.

Hugh Grant


Hugh Grant is not only the guy from Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, About a Boy and Bridget Jones' Diary. Mickey Blue Eyes attended New College, Oxford and graduated with 2:1 honours, earning a Bachelor's in English Literature.

James Franco


He's more than just a pretty face. You may not believe this, but James Franco has a bachelor's degree in English from UCLA. And that's not all: the guy from This Is The End and Spring Breakers is a Ph.D. student in English at Yale.

Jennifer Garner


You may remember her from Catch Me If You Can and 13 Going 30. But you probably didn't know that Jennifer Garner graduated from Denison University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theater performance.

Jerry Seinfeld


Who doesn't love Jerry Seinfeld? He is one of the greatest comedians of all time and he attended Queens College and graduated with a degree in Theater and Communications.

Jodie Foster


Is there anybody in the world that doesn't know this woman? She's the one from Taxi driver, The Silence of the Lambs, Maverick, Anna and the King, Panic Room, Flightplan, and the list goes on and on forever. Jodie Foster attended Yale University and majored in literature, graduating magna cum laude.

John Krasinski


Did you know that Jim Halpert attended Brown? Yes, the guy from The Office and License to Wed. John Krasinski graduated from Brown University as a playwright with an honors thesis.

Julia Stiles


This is the girl from Wicked, 10 Things I Hate About You, Save the Last Dance and Mona Lisa Smile, among others. But Julia Stiles is an Ivy League girl too. She attended Columbia and graduated with a degree in English literature.

Lisa Kudrow


Can you imagine Phoebe at college? Well, you better get to it, because Lisa Kudrow attended Vassar College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.

Lucy Liu


Lucy Liu appears in Jerry Maguire, Play It to the Bone, Hotel, Chicago, Kill Bill, Pearl, Ally McBeal and Elementary and is the voiced many characters of many films. The Charlie's angel also graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in Asian Languages and Cultures.

Maggie Gyllenhaal


You probably know her from Donnie Darko, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Mona Lisa Smile, Happy Endings, Paris, Je t'aime, Stranger than Fiction and The Dark Knight. Maggie Gyllenhaal attended Columbia and graduated with a bachelor's in Literature and Eastern Religions. Yes, that explains The Honourable Woman.

Matthew McConaughey


We could spend two days talking about this guy's filmography. The thing with Matthew McConaughey is that you probably didn't know he attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Radio-Television-Film.

Meryl Streep


This woman doesn't need an introduction, right? Meryl Streep graduated cum laude from Vassar College with a bachelor's in drama. She also has a master's of Fine Arts in Drama from Yale and an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Dartmouth.

Natalie Portman


Did you know that Natalie Portman graduated from Harvard with a bachelor of Arts degree in psychology? Yes, the actress from Closer, Star Wars, Thor, Black Swan and Jackie is an Ivy League girl.

Paul Giamatti


He's known for his roles in Cinderella Man, The Illusionist, Big Fat Liar, Downton Abbey and Billions. Giamatti graduated from Yale, just like Chuck Rhoades Jr. But instead of going to Law School, he got a bachelor's degree in English and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Drama.

Rachel McAdams


Who could forget Regina George? This is Rachel McAdams. The girl from The Notebook and Mean Girls attended York University's and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts honors degree.

Tom Morello


Do you like Rage Against the Machine? Whether you like it or not, you should know that Tom Morello graduated from Harvard with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social studies.

Renée Zellweger


Jerry Maguire, Chicago, Cold Mountain, Cinderella Man, My One and Only. Everybody knows Renee Zellweger, although nobody can pronounce her surname. You should know that Bridget Jones graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor of arts degree in English.

Rowan Atkinson


Is there anyone in the room who doesn't like Mr. Bean? Rowan Atkinson attended Newcastle University, where he got a degree in Electrical Engineering. After that, he attended Queen's College, Oxford for a degree of MSc in Electrical Engineering.

Samuel L. Jackson


If you've seen Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained or The Hateful Eight, you probably already admire Samuel L. Jackson. The thing is that the amazing Nick Fury also got a bachelor of arts degree in Drama from Morehouse College.

Sandra Bullock


This incredibly talented woman called Sandra Bullock appears in around 50 films. Yes, 50. You already knew that, right? But you probably didn't know that Miss Congeniality attended East Carolina University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drama.

Shaquille O’ Neal


It doesn't matter whether you are a sports fan or not, you probably know Shaquille O'Neal. You should know that one of the greatest players in NBA history attended Louisiana State University and earned a Bachelor's in General Studies. Shaq also got an MBA online from the University of Phoenix.

Sheryl Crow


Although she says all she wanna do is have some fun, the thing is that Sheryl Crow has a Bachelor of Arts degree in music composition, performance and education from the University of Missouri.

Spike Lee


He is a film director, producer, and writer. Spike Lee attended Morehouse College and got a Bachelor's in Mass Communications. He also earned a Master of Fine Arts in film and television from the New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

Steve Carell


Yes, Michael Scott from The Office is a university guy too. Steven John Carell, one of the funniest guys in the world, graduated from Denison University with a Bachelor degree in History.

Tina Fey


What's the thing about comedians? Do they all go to college? This incredibly funny woman called Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama.

Tommy Lee Jones


This guy appears in so many films that we still don't know how he made it to through college. Tommy Lee Jones graduated from Harvard with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Amazing, right?

Will Ferrell


This is Will Ferrell, also known as the funniest guy on Earth. Did you know that Will Ferrell graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor's in Sports Broadcasting? Well, now you do.

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