Celebrities Who Did Well in College

Many may think that all Hollywood stars are college dropouts that buy bus tickets and goes to LA, with nothing more than a bag full of clothes and a heart full of dreams and ambitions. But that’s not always the case. Not many choose to stay at university and receive credentials. But some of them want not just to get a certificate, but to study with really good grades, as it was interesting for them, or they want to have a fallback if they cannot succeed with their favorite profession.

Some of them went to colleges with a completely different profession in their mind, others chose to continue their education even after they became famous, and some others even made huge accomplishments in another profession that now they basically are living double lives. Although, still, it may be hard for you to imagine your favorite celebrity as a student writing a literary essay on the other Wes Moore, for example. Because nowadays, essays and biographies are written about them, and their success and students are constantly looking for free essay samples for inspiration. 

However, you should always keep in mind that they are also humans and do almost the same stuff that you do. And while some of them were born into famous families and were destined to be celebrities, most of them were not, and they started small but made it big throughout life. So, let’s see which celebrities have graduated from college and have surprising degrees. 

Mayim Bialik 

Mayim Bialik is known for playing Amy Farrah Fowler, or in other words, Sheldon’s nerdy wife on “The Big Band Theory.” But it turns out that she is a genius even in real life also. She got her Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2007. With the main focus on OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) among people that have Prader-Willi syndrome. 

Ashton Kutcher 

Due to the roles that he plays, many would think that Ashton Kutcher is not so smart, but in reality, he is a Biochemical Engineer. He studied at the University of Iowa in 1996. Ashton decided to study biochemical engineering to find a cure for a heart disease that his brother had.  Although he didn’t finish college, and he dropped out when he was discovered by a local talent scout and decided to pursue a modeling career.

Dwayne Johnson – The Rock 

We all know the Rock, right? He is mostly known as the best pro wrestler and bonafide action hero. But only some people know that he has a Bachelor of General Studies degree in physiology and criminology. He got his degree from the University of Miami in 1995, and he completed it on a full football scholarship.  

Shaquille O’Neal

When young, Shaquille O’Neal wanted to leave college to pursue a career as an NBA player. But his dad was the one that talked him into finishing his studies first. He got his bachelor’s in general studies at the Louisiana State University, but he continued his education even after becoming an NBA star. He went back to study at some of the best colleges, mostly through online learning. He got his MBA from the University of Phoenix and then studied for his Ph.D. in leadership at Barry University. And nowadays, he says that he is glad that he followed his dad’s advice to not drop out of college. 

Aziz Ansari 

This comedy superstar’s original goal was to become an entrepreneur. He got a major in marketing at the New York University’s Stern School of Business in 2004. But then decided that that culture was not right for him and chose a completely different career path. Although he was confident about becoming a comedian even when he was a sophomore. 

Lisa Kudrow 

You may know Lisa Kudrow from the famous TV show Friends. But you may not know that she has a degree in Psychobiology. She got her biology degree back in 1985 at Vassar College. So, besides the fact that she plays the ditzy Phoebe on the TV show, she is actually really smart in real life. 

Freddie Highmore 

When thinking about how to enter college while working and doubting that you can do it, just think about Freddie Highmore. He has a degree in Spanish and Arabic at Cambridge University’s Emmanuel College, and he completed it while filming the series Bates Motel. He achieved 10 A*, which is really impressive for such a busy actor. 


Celebrities, most of the time, had a whole other life before becoming well-known stars. And had no idea that they would be living the life that they are living now. So, of course, that they had other goals that they at least tried to achieve by going to college. And some stars are still educating themselves for their own reasons. Besides the fact that college education is not necessary for a successful Hollywood career.