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What Celebrities Are In College Right Now?


While celebrities are busy filming on set, recording in the studio, or strutting the fashion runway, there are a few who are adding “college student” to their resumes.  Check out the celebrities who are currently enrolled in colleges and universities around the country.   

Emma Watson

College: Brown University

Major: Literature   

Famous For: Harry Potter, Burberry Model 

Watson told Vanity Fair that her first frat party was not what she expected. “I felt like I’d walked into an American teen movie. I picked up the red cups. I was like, Wow, they really do drink from these.” Watson’s classes freshmen year included European women’s history, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and acting. As for her acting class, it didn’t go as expected. “I think actually I’m the worst person in the class,” she tells Vanity Fair. 

James Franco

College: Yale University

Major: English Ph.D.

Famous For: Eat Pray Love, Milk, Pineapple Express, Spiderman 

Before deciding to continue school at Yale, Franco reportedly got a D in his New York University acting class.  According to Showbiz411, Franco says, “I did the work, I did well in everything else. But the acting teacher probably felt uncomfortable with a working well-known actor in his class. It was not the norm.”  Showbiz411 also reported that he missed a lot of classes due to his upcoming film “127 Hours.” Franco also enrolled in Columbia University’s MFA writing program, where he was famously caught sleeping through a lecture, and Brooklyn College’s fiction writing program. He received his undergraduate degree from UCLA.  

Haley Joel Osment

College: New York University

Major: Fine Arts and Middle Eastern Studies

Famous For: The Sixth Sense  

According to The Huffington Post, Osment has taken a semester off to make his Broadway debut in ‘American Buffalo.’ “I don’t know if it’s going to count credit-wise for anything, but certainly the experience is in line with what I went there to study.”  

Jerry O’Connell

College: Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles

Major: Law

Famous For:  The Defenders, Obsessed 

O’Connell tells People Magazine, “I had always planned on continuing my education at some point…I figured I would take a couple of classes at night.” He joked that if he didn’t go to law school he would be up all night playing video games. Leslie Steinberg, the school’s Assistant Dean of Public Affairs tells Us Weekly, “He is very excited to be starting his law school education here at Southwestern…he just had orientation last week. He was very impressed with the faculty and the vibe here.” 

Wyclef Jean

College: Berklee College of Music in Boston

Degree: Music, including ear training, theory, improvisation, guitar

Famous For: Grammy award-winning musician 

Jean tells Berklee, “I left college after only the first semester to pursue my career and, after all that I’ve accomplished, going back to college was the one thing I wanted to do for myself… Berklee was always where I wanted to attend. I would like to thank Berklee’s president President Roger Brown and chief of staff Carl Beatty and the entire faculty for making me feel welcome,” he said. “I think it is important for young people to aspire to get an education.”  

Lily Cole

College: Cambridge University in London

Major: Social and Political Science

Famous For: Fashion model for Vogue, Prada, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix,  

Cole told the Telegraph, “I found last year really weird…it was hard to settle in.  I was a bit shell-shocked, but I think everyone finds that. This year is much nicer, and the courses are a lot harder.” She also tells theTelegraph, “I like doing things I haven’t learnt about yet. I’ve always been interested in art, and I love doing art…” 














Victoria Guerrera, 2011, from Rocky Hill, Connecticut, is a junior Print and Multimedia Journalism major at Emerson College in Boston. Victoria started out as a Features Writer for em magazine, a fashion and lifestyle magazine at Emerson College, then became the Features Editor her sophomore year, and is now a Co-Editor-in-Chief of em magazine. Victoria has been a summer editorial intern for Us Weekly Magazine and Hartford Magazine. She enjoys shopping, playing volleyball, Andy Warhol, celebrity news, watching Project Runway marathons, and reading tons of magazines. After college, Victoria plans to pursue a wonderful career as a magazine journalist.
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