52 Celebrities With College Majors That May Or May Not Surprise You

Mr. Bean has a master’s degree in electrical engineering. Sorry, what?

1. Harrison Ford

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College: Ripon College
Major: Philosophy

Dropped out shortly before graduation for a minor movie role.

2. Ashton Kutcher

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College: University of Iowa
Major: Biochemical engineering

Dropped out to become a model.

3. Martha Stewart

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College: Barnard College
Major: European and architectural history

4. Steve Carell

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College: Denison University
Major: History

5. Michael Jordan

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College: University of North Carolina
Major: Geography

Dropped out his junior year.

6. Cindy Crawford

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College: Northwestern University
Major: Chemical engineering

Received an academic scholarship but only spent one quarter here before dropping out to pursue modeling.

7. Brad Pitt

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College: University of Missouri
Major: Journalism

Dropped out two weeks before he graduated.

8. Mick Jagger

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College: London School of Economics
Major: Accounting and finance

Dropped out to become a Rolling Stone.

9. Brooke Shields

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College: Princeton
Major: Romance languages

10. Jake Gyllenhaal

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College: Columbia University
Major: Eastern religion and philosophy

Dropped out after two years to concentrate on his film career.

11. Lionel Richie

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College: Tuskegee Institute
Major: Economics

12. Kenny Chesney

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College: East Tennessee State University
Major: Advertising

13. Eva Longoria

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College: Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Major: Kinesiology

14. Sean Penn

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College: Santa Monica College
Major: Auto mechanics

Dropped out to join a theater group.

15. “Weird Al” Yankovic

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College: California Polytechnic State University
Major: Architecture

16. Ashley Judd

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College: University of Kentucky
Major: French

17. Kevin Costner

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College: California State University, Fullerton
Major: Business

18. Ray Romano

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College: Queens College
Major: Accounting

Dropped out after a few years.

19. Lisa Kudrow

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College: Vassar College
Major: Biology

20. Regis Philbin

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College: Notre Dame University
Major: Sociology

21. Wanda Sykes

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College: Hampton University
Major: Marketing

22. Matthew McConaughey

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College: University of Texas at Austin
Major: Pre-law

Studied law for two years before switching to film production.

23. Mr. T

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College: Prairie View A&M University
Major: Mathematics

Expelled after one year.

24. Gene Simmons

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College: Sullivan County Community College
Major: Education

25. Montel Williams

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College: United States Naval Academy
Major: Engineering and a minor in international security affairs

26. Teri Hatcher

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College: De Anza College
Major: Mathematics and engineering

Dropped out after nearly three years for a movie role.

27. George Clooney

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College: University of Kentucky
Major: Journalism

Transferred to the University of Cincinnati and then dropped out.

28. Sasha Baron Cohen

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College: Cambridge University
Major: History

29. Chris Martin

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College: University College London
Major: Greek and Latin

30. Mayim Bialik

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College: University of California, Los Angeles
Major: Neuroscience and minored in Hebrew and Jewish studies

31. Steve Martin

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College: California State University at Long Beach
Major: Philosophy

After three years, he transferred to the theater program at UCLA but eventually dropped out.

32. David Spade

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College: Arizona State University
Major: Business

33. Julianna Margulies

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College: Sarah Lawrence College
Major: Art history

34. Will Ferrell

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College: University of Southern California
Major: Sports information

35. John Cleese

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College: Cambridge University
Major: Law

36. Courtney Cox

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College: Mount Vernon College for Women
Major: Interior design and architecture

Dropped out to pursue acting.

37. Ken Jeong

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College: Duke University
Major: Pre-med

He then went to medical school at UNC Chapel Hill.

38. Conan O’Brien

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College: Harvard University
Major: History and American literature

39. Cate Blanchett

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College: Melbourne University
Major: Economics and fine arts

Dropped out to travel.

40. Dolph Lundgren

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College: University of Sydney
Major: Chemical engineering

41. Rooney Mara

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College: New York University
Major: Psychology and international social policy

42. Jerry Springer

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College: Tulane University
Major: Political science

43. Gerard Butler

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College: Glasgow University
Major: Law

44. Reba McEntire

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College: Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Major: Elementary education

45. Rowan Atkinson

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College: Newcastle University
Major: Electrical engineering

He then went on to complete his master’s at Oxford University.

46. Edward Norton

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College: Yale University
Major: History

47. Natalie Portman

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College: Harvard University
Major: Psychology

48. James Cameron

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College: Fullerton College
Major: Physics

Dropped out and became a truck driver.

49. Ron Jeremy

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College: Queens College
Major: Education and theater

He went on to receive his master’s in special education.

50. Matthew Fox

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College: Columbia University
Major: Economics

51. Kate Beckinsale

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College: New College, Oxford
Major: French and Russian literature

Dropped out after three years when she landed a role in Much Ado About Nothing.

52. Larry David

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College: University of Maryland, College Park
Major: History

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