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20 Celebrities Who Went Back To College After Getting Famous

20 Celebrities Who Went Back To College After Getting Famous

These celebrities didn’t let fame get to their head. Nothing could stop them from joining the world of higher education. From Emma Watson to Natalie Portman, take a look at 20 celebs who went back to college after getting a taste of Hollywood.

Miranda Cosgrove

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After her Nicklodean show iCarly wrapped up, Miranda Cosgrove enrolled herself in a film studies course at the University of Southern California where she even studied psychology during her majors in the final year. 

Megan Thee Stallion

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After her music career picked up the pace, Megan Thee Stallion transferred to Texas Southern’s online program in health administration in order to finish her degree.

Eva Longoria

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While doing her comedy-drama Desperate Housewives, Eva Longoria managed to do a master’s degree in Chicano studies at California State University. She also has a bachelor’s in kinesiology.

Emma Watson

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Around the time when the Harry Potter franchise was nearing its end, Emma Watson enrolled herself in Brown University to study English literature.

Nick Cannon

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Nick Cannon is a graduate of Howard University with a bachelor’s degree in criminology/administration of justice from the batch of 2020.

Mayim Bialik


Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik took a 12-year break from acting during which she earned both her bachelor’s and a doctorate in neuroscience from UCLA.

Dylan and Cole Sprouse

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Soon after Zack and Cody wrapped up, Dylan Sprouse enrolled himself in New York University’s Gallatin College of Individualized Study and earned a degree in video game design. Cole on the other hand did a bachelor’s in archeology. 

Bridgit Mendler

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Mendler studied anthropology at the University of South California. She later pursued her Ph.D. at the MIT Media Lab and enrolled in Harvard Law School.

Shaquille O’Neal 

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Not known to many but Shaq did a doctorate back in 2012 from Barry University in organizational learning and leadership with a specialization in human resource development.

Amanda Bynes

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Bynes has an associate’s degree in merchandise product development from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and is currently aspiring to open her own online store.

Natalie Portman

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Soon after Star Wars: Episode 1 premiered, Natalie Portman enrolled at Harvard to study psychology.  

Haley Joel Osment

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When Haley Joel Osment was 18, he took a break from Hollywood went to New York to study theater at Tisch School of the Arts. 

Yara Shahidi

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Yara Shahidi is currently enrolled at Harvard where she’s studying Social Studies

Brooke Shields

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Brooke Shields put a halt to her modelling career in order to study romance languages with a concentration in French from the Princeton University.

Swizz Beatz


American rapper Swizz Beatz decided to complete his education and went to pursue an undergrad in the Harvard Busines School.

Ashley Judd

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She was one course short of graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1990 before her acting career kicksarted. Judd returned to complete the same French degree in 2007.

Dakota Fanning

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Dakota Fanning attends the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Dakota Fanning took a break from acting in order to study the portrayal of women in film at NYU.

America Fererra

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She left University of South California to star in Ugly Betty. After a span of 10 years, she went back to the same college to complete her international relations degree.


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Written by Muneer

Muneer is an Indian writer at FandomWire who plans to visit all countries in this world to eat the food on their streets. Obsessed with joggers, he sings and plays the strings too.