20 Celebrities that Dropped Out of College
College isn’t for everybody. But not everybody is going to achieve fame. These lucky stars, however, took a chance, dropped out of school, and became who they are today. Here are twenty celebrities that chose the business over college.
Native Swede, True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgård was in the Swedish military before enrolling in Leeds Metropolitan University. He claimed to have “had a blast” rather than study English. Skarsgård dropped out after only six months.
Having achieved fame early with her role in Mean Girls at 19, Seyfried dropped out of Fordham University.
Anne Hathaway attended Vasser University in upstate New York, then later transferred New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, before dropping out. Hathaway also studied at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She later went on to become a princess.
Ashton attended the University of Iowa, with a major in biochemical engineering, he wanted to find a cure for his brothers cerebral palsy. It had been stated that Kutcher used his student loan money to fund trips for modeling and acting. He later dropped out of school to purse his career.
Ben Affleck wanted to be a smarty pants, but then decided he wanted to be Batman instead. He dropped out of the University of Vermont after studying Middle Eastern affairs for only one semester.
Essentially, Brad Pitt wasted and entire college education. Only weeks shy of graduating from the University of Missouri, Pitt had been majoring in journalism, but did not feel ready to settle yet. He dropped out two weeks prior to earning his degree.
Attending Glenville State College in Glenville, West Virginia on a football scholarship, Tatum dropped out of school to move back to his home town and became a male stripper before making his debut as a model in 2002.
Ellen attended the University of New Orleans, but later dropped out to pursue her comedy career.
Jessica Biel attended Tufts University for only two years. By 2002, her film career had already begun to take off.
Jillian Michaels attended California State University. She dropped out, however, and later opened Sky Sport & Spa in Beverly Hills.
The now well respected actor, Joseph Gordon-Levitt took a break from acting to study at the prestigious Columbia University. However in 2004, Levitt dropped out to purse acting once again.
We all know Kanye dropped out of college. In fact, his dropping out to purse his musical dream resonated so much with him, he named his first three albums College Drop Out, Late Registration, and Graduation. In a way, Kanye West graduated from Kanye West University.
Originally an Art major at the University of Arizona, Kristen had to take a required acting course, where a professor encouraged her to continue acting. Wiig later dropped out, and moved to Los Angeles where she attended the extremely competitive Groundlings Theatre Company.
Lady Gaga herself likes to mention she attended NYU during performances, specifically Tisch School of the Arts. But she dropped out at 19 to purse her career in music. Initially starting a song writer, Gaga achieved fame in 2007 when she performed at Lollapalooza.
Swedish born Malin Akerman, star of Trophy Wife, attended NYU but dropped out to pursue modeling and acting. Her career was slow in the beginning, however, and she almost gave up.
If you don’t remember Matthew Morrison from his failed pop group LMNT (“element”), you know him as Mr. Schuester on Glee. Morrison also dropped out of the Tisch School of the Arts to join the Broadway production of Footloose.
Oprah attended Tennessee State University on a full scholarship. However, in high school, she worked a VWOL as a news anchor and again in college. She dropped out because of her quick move up in the media.
Tom Hanks studied Theatre at the California State University. While still at CalState, Hanks became an intern at the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. His internship turned into such a commitment, he dropped out of school.
I guess it is no surprise that quirky Zooey Deschanel dropped out of school after only nine months to purse her acting career. She was cast in Almost Famous when she was only 18.
Always a fan of film, Ben Stiller studied Film at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) before dropping out after nine months and moving to New York City, to pursue his career in acting.
Kate Beckinsale dropped out of Oxford in her third year, where she was part of the Oxford University Dramatic Society. She decided to focus on her own acting career instead.
Rachael Ray dropped out of Pace University after two years in order to find work and save money. Her work paid off when she landed 30 Minute Meals.
Having had won an internship at a radio station when he was only on high school, it is no surprise that Ryan Seacrest dropped out of the University of Georgia to move to Hollywood.
Modern Family's Sofia Vergara was studying pre-dentistry when she began getting offers for modeling and acting, then dropped out of college just two semesters prior to graduating.
Today Steven Spielberg is estimated to be worth at about 3.3 Billion Dollars, and yet he never graduated college. He was never accepted to The USC School of Theatre, Film and Television, which he applied to not once, but twice. USC, however, awarded him an honorary degree in 1994.