Where Your Favorite Celebs Went to College
Celebrities have attended a vast range of institutions, from Ivy League colleges to large state institutions.
While students shouldn’t make their college decisions based on where their favorite celebrity enrolled, it can be a fun way to learn a little bit more about every school on your best-fit list. Keep reading to learn more about some noteworthy alumni at a multitude of institutions.
This renowned musician and doting dad gained admission to a variety of top-tier colleges, including both Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania. Legend chose to attend the University of Pennsylvania and served as president of a co-ed a cappella group on campus. He graduated in 1999.
While Legend may have passed on attending Harvard, actor Matt Damon enrolled at the college. He dropped out before graduating in 1992 in order to pursue acting but ultimately received an honorary degree from the school in 2013. Supposedly, Damon’s time at the school inspired Good Will Hunting, a movie about a gifted janitor at a fellow Cambridge institution.
Long before starring in major motion pictures, Chastain was already honing her craft at Juilliard, a renowned conservatory for performing arts. She received a full scholarship funded by Robin Williams, who also graduated from the college in 1976.
The renowned actor wasn’t always planning a career on the big screen. Washington played basketball at Fordham University and double-majored in journalism and drama. He received his degree in 1977.
The star from “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” has gone to several different top-tier institutions. In 2002, she graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English. Following that, Kemper spent a year at Oxford University to obtain a graduate degree in the same subject. She later interned for “The Late Night with Conan O’Brien” in New York.
The eldest Kardashian sibling is also the only one to receive a four-year college degree. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in theater in 2002. Her father Robert Kardashian attended USC.
Just two weeks before graduating from the University of Missouri, Brad Pitt decided to drop out in order to pursue a career in acting. The now-famous movie star had been studying journalism.
This Oscar-winning actress opted to attend Vassar as an undergraduate and received a degree in 1971. She later enrolled in a graduate school program at Yale University and received another degree in 1975.
Adam Sandler was already pursuing his passion while attending New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Throughout his time on campus, Sandler was already performing comedy routines in clubs. He graduated in 1988 and began writing for Saturday Night Live two years later.
This famed actress has also received several university degrees. She attended Rhode Island College on a full scholarship and graduated from the school in 1988 with a degree in theater. She went on to pursue a second degree from Juilliard in 1993, where she studied acting.
Actor Chris Pine attended one of the top public universities in the nation, the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated with a degree in English in 2002 and began to pursue acting after this.
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