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Entertainers who went to college

  • #20. Timothée Chalamet

    Oscar nominee and star of Call Me By Your Name, Timothée Chalamet went to Columbia University for a year before dropping out. According to the actor, he didn’t have that “wholehearted academic commitment.”

  • #19. Cole & Dylan Sprouse

    The former Disney darlings and twins Cole and Dylan Sprouse attended New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and graduated with honors. Dylan majored in video game design, and Cole in archaeology. The two put their acting careers on hold while in college, and picked them back up once they earned their degrees.

  • #18. Eva Longoria

    Eva Longoria of Desperate Housewives attended Texas A&M University-Kingsville and majored in kinesiology. Upon graduation, she entered a talent contest that brought her to Los Angeles, where she was signed by a theatrical agent.

  • #17. Matt Damon

    Matt Damon attended Harvard University and studied English. Throughout school, he often skipped classes to work on acting projects. It wasn’t until the success of Geronimo: An American Legend (1993) that he decided to drop out of school to work on acting full-time, joined by his good friend Ben Affleck.

  • #16. Will Ferrell

    Will Ferrell, comedian, actor and SNL alum, graduated from the University of Southern California, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sports broadcasting. After working at a local TV station after graduation, however, he found the job to be not a good fit and joined the comedy sketch troupe Groundlings instead.

  • #15. James Franco

    James Franco attended UCLA, and was involved in acting while he pursued his English degree. He ended up dropping out after his first year, shortly after landing his first starring role on Freaks and Geeks (1999).

  • #14. Maggie Gyllenhaal

    Maggie Gyllenhaal started acting at a young age, but she later took a break to pursue a degree in literature from Columbia University. After graduating, she decided to get back into acting and studied briefly at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.

  • #13. Art Garfunkel

    Art Garfunkel, half of the popular duo Simon and Garfunkel, initially majored in architecture, but then changed his degree to art history at Columbia University. At school, Garfunkel was on the tennis, skiing, fencing, and bowling teams. He was also in an all-male a cappella group on campus. After graduation, Garfunkel pursued a master’s in mathematics education from Columbia as well and did some doctorate work in the subject before gaining success in his singing career.

  • #12. Mayim Bialik

    The Big Bang Theory actress attended UCLA after finishing her popular TV series Blossom in the ’90s. She earned a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, with minors in Hebrew and Jewish studies, and went on to pursue a PhD in neuroscience. Before she could finish, she took a break from her PhD to go back to acting, then later finished her degree in 2007.

  • #11. Lionel Richie

    The “Hello” hit singer accepted a tennis scholarship from Tuskegee Institute and studied economics in Alabama, where he grew up. He dropped out, however, after his sophomore year. Richie considered becoming a priest in the Episcopal Church, but decided he was not "priest material" and pursued music instead.

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