Celebrities Who Went To College
Claire Miles - June 6, 2022

Scatter Seeds Of Kindness

If you have a friend worth loving
Love him. Yes, and let him know
That you love him, ere life's evening
Tinge his brow with sunset glow
Why should good words ne'er be said
Of a friend till he is dead?

If you hear a song that thrills you
Sung by any child of song
Praise it. Do not let the singer
Wait deserved praises long
Why should one who thrills your heart
Lack the joy you may impart?

If you hear a prayer that moves you
By its humble, pleading tone
Join it. Do not let the seeker
Bow before his God alone
Why should not thy brother share
The strength of ‘two or three' in prayer?

If your work is made more easy
By a friendly, helping hand
Say so. Speak out brave and truly
Ere the darkness veil the land
Should a brother workman dear
Falter for a word of cheer?

Scatter thus your seeds of kindness
All enriching as you go
Leave them. Trust the Harvest-Giver
He will make each seed to grow
So, until the happy end
Your life shall never lack a friend

If we’re being honest with ourselves, it can be hard to imagine glamorous celebrities who walk the red carpet sitting in a lecture hall. But many Hollywood stars did actually go to college just like us! From Taylor Swift to Kim Kardashian, here are some celebrities who hit the books just like everybody else.  


Emma Watson


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Harry Potter fans know and love Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, the cleverest wizard in her class! But you may not have known that Watson is actually just as smart in real life. The actress graduated in 2014 with a degree in English literature, and she also took classes at Oxford University.



Lupita Nyong’o


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Talk about being successful! Lupita Nyong’o starred in “12 Years a Slave” before finishing a three-year degree in acting at the Ivy League school in 2012. She attended Hampshire College for her undergraduate degree.


Conan O’Brien


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The late-night talk show host and comedian Conan O’Brien was a student at Harvard. And not only that, he was the editor in chief of the Harvard Crimson, the student newspaper. O’Brien majored in American History and graduated in 1985.



James Franco


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So actually James Franco went to a lot of different colleges. First Franco went to the University of California at Los Angeles and dropped out before going back in 2008 and finishing his undergraduate degree. Franco attended New York University, Columbia University, Brooklyn College, and Yale University as a master’s student.


John Legend


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This might seem hard to believe but John Legend turned down a scholarship from Harvard to go to the University of Pennsylvania! Legend graduated in 1999 and served as president of a co-ed a capella group.



Mindy Kaling


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The comedian and actress majored in theater at Dartmouth University. Mindy Kaling also illustrated a daily comic for the student newspaper called “Badly Drawn Girl.” Kaling was an intern on Late Night with Conan O’Brien when she was 19 years old at Dartmouth. Kaling joined The Office when she was 24 years old and was the only woman on a staff of eight!


Natalie Portman


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Natalie Portman was a student at Syosset High School when she starred in “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.” After starring in Star Wars, Natalie Portman went to Harvard University. graduating in 2003 with a degree in psychology. And as if that wasn’t enough to brag about, Portman’s academic work has been published twice in scientific journals.



Matt Damon


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Okay, seems to us like a lot of celebrities attended Harvard University. Who knew? Matt Damon actually came up with the idea for “Good Will Hunting” while at Harvard. It actually makes a lot of sense then that the movie’s plot is about a gifted janitor at Cambridge school M.I.T. But Damon dropped out before graduating in 1992 to pursue acting. He did end up receiving an honorary degree in 2013, though.


Mayim Bialik


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The Big Bang Theory actress is apparently just as smart in real life as she portrays in the show! vThe actress received an undergraduate degree in 2000 in neuroscience with a minor in Hebrew and Jewish studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. And in 2007, Bialik was award a PhD in neuroscience at UCLA!



Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal

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Maggie Gyllenhaal graduated in 1998 from Columbia University while her brother dropped out his sophomore year at the same university to pursue his acting career.


Jessica Chastain


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Jessica Chastain attended Julliard in New York City because of a scholarship funded by Robin Williams, who had graduated in 1976. Chastain said she was concerned about being dropped from the prestigious program since she spent most of her time reading and watching movies. But she did end up graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2003!



Ken Jeong


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We all know Ken Jeong as a jokester from his days in the epic movie, Hangover. So it might be a little difficult to imagine hi as a licensed obstetrician! In 1990, Jeon graduated from Duke University and obtained his medical degree in 1995 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.