I was years old today when I found out that Jake Gyllenhaal dropped out of Columbia.
Brad Pitt studied to be a journalist at the University of Missouri, but dropped out TWO WEEKS before graduation.
Shaquille O’Neal holds a BA in General Studies from Louisiana University, an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a PhD in Education from Barry University.
Mila Kunis went to UCLA shortly after, transferred to Loyola Marymount University and then dropped out.
Ken Jeong holds a BS from Duke University and earned his MD at the UNC School of Medicine.
Kristen Bell went to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts to study musical theater, but dropped a few points out of her degree to play a role in the Broadway musical version of Tom Sawyer’s fairy tale.
Jessica Biel was enrolled at Tufts University in Massachusetts for two years, but dropped out to play a role in The chainsaw massacre in Texas (2003).
Spike Lee holds a BA in Mass Communication from Morehouse and an MFA in Film from NYU Tisch.
Tom Hanks studied theater at Chabot College and moved to California State University, Sacramento after two years before dropping out to take an internship at the Great Lakes Theater Festival.
Eva Longoria received a BS in kinesiology from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and a master’s degree in Chicano Studies from California State University, Northridge.
Madonna received a scholarship to the University of Michigan and studied there for two years before dropping out and moving to New York City to pursue her music career.
Mayim Bialik holds a BS in Neuroscience and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Jake Gyllenhaal went to Columbia for about two years to study Eastern religions and philosophy and then dropped out to concentrate on acting.
Bridgit Mendler holds a degree in anthropology from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
John Mayer enrolled at Berklee College of Music, left after two semesters, moved to Atlanta and started a band called the LoFi Masters with his friend, Clay Cook.
Rebel Wilson went to the University of New South Wales and graduated with a BA in Theater and Performance Studies and also a Bachelor of Laws degree.
Lady Gaga got early admission to Collaborative Art Projects 21, a music school at NYU Tisch. She dropped out in the second semester of her sophomore year to pursue her music career.
David Duchovny holds a BA in English Literature from Princeton University and an MA in English Literature from Yale.
Ashton Kutcher attended the University of Iowa and majored in biochemical engineering. During that time, he was approached by a model scout at a bar, won the modeling competition “Fresh Faces of Iowa” and then eventually dropped out and moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting.
Lupita Nyong’o holds a degree in film and theater studies from Hampshire College and a master’s degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama.
Alicia Keys had a scholarship to Columbia, but dropped out after a month to focus on her music full time.
And Angela Basset holds a BA in African American Studies from Yale and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
Who are other celebrities who dropped out of college or have multiple degrees? Tell us in the comments!
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