Celebrity Alma Mater

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Ever wonder if or where your favorite celebrities attended college? Well here is a list of some famous actors and actresses who attended university and what they studied while they were there. You might have more in common with these celebrities than you expected.

Amy Poehler- Boston College

She graduated from Boston College with a bachelors degree inn media and communications in 1993 and moved to Chicago where she studied improv at Second city with her friend Tina Fey. While at college, Amy became a member of the improvisational comedy troupe.

John Legend- University of Pennsylvania

John Legend studied English with a concentration in African American literature. He was also accepted to Harvard and was offered a scholarship to Georgetown. While at Harvard, John was the president and musical director of a jazz and a-capella called Counterparts.

Kristen Bell- New York University

Studied musical theatre at the Tisch School of the Arts. She was a few credits short of graduating when she accepted a role in the broadway musical, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. You may know her as the voice of Anna in Frozen and her hit TV show, Veronica Mars.

Mindy Kailing- Dartmouth

Mindy studied theatre, and while at Dartmouth was a member of the improvisational comedy troupe “The Dog Day Players” and the a cappella group “The Rockapellas”, creator of the comic strip “Badly Drawn Girl” in The Dartmouth (the college’s daily newspaper), and a writer for the the college’s humor magazine.

Anne Hathaway- Vassar and NYU

Anne majored in English and minored in women’s studies at Vassar before transferring to NYU GallatinS School Of Individualized Study.

John Krasinski- Brown

John studied theatre arts and graduated in 2001 as a playwright with the honors thesis “Contents Under Pressure”. He also helped coach youth basketball at a school in East Providence.

Emma Watson- Brown

Studied English literature. Unlike other celebrities, Emma was already very famous when she attended Brown. Emma had to take 2 full semesters off for acting work, so she finished college in 5 years instead of 4. She also attended Worchester College, Oxford as a “visiting student”.

Denzel Washington- Fordham University

Denzel majored in Drama and journalism, and played on the basketball team there. He donated $2 million to Fordham for an endowed chair of the theater department, as well as US $250,000 donation to establish a theater-specific scholarship at Fordham.

Natalie Portman-Harvard

“I don’t care if college ruins my career. I’d rather be smart than a movie star”. She received her degree in psychology. While she attended Harvard she starred a second Star Wars film. While there she wrote a letter to the Harvard Crimson in a response to an essay that was critical of Israeli actions towards Palestinians.

Brad Pitt- University of Missouri

Brad Pitt was a journalism major (school of journalism) with a focus on advertising. He was also a member of the sigma chi fraternity. However, Brad Pitt left a two weeks before earning his degree in order to pursue his acting career.

Reese Witherspoon- Stanford

Reese was an English literature major, however, after a year at Stanford she left to pursue her career in acting. In a recent Instagram Reese went to visit her alma mater and went to her old dorm room. She captioned the photo “Surprise! ???? While re-visiting @Stanford, I popped by my old dorm room…. and met its newest tenant, Caitlyn! She was so nice; she even welcomed me in! ????❤????❤#LoveSurprises #Stanford#FearTheTree

Elizabeth Banks- University of Pennsylvania

Elizabeth banks graduated from UPenn magna cum laude communicaitons major and minor in theatre arts in 1996. She was also a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. Elizabeth Banks still feels very connected to Philly, she said in an interview, as she continues to do a lot of work for Democratic party there, urging students to vote for Hillary Clinton in the recent election.