I was now years old when I found out that Jake Gyllenhaal had left Columbia.
Brad Pitt was studying to be a journalist at the University of Missouri, but dropped out TWO WEEKS before graduating.
Shaquille O’Neal holds a BA in General Studies from the University of Louisiana, an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a Doctorate in Education from Barry University.
Mila Kunis attended UCLA soon after, transferred to Loyola Marymount University, and then dropped out.
Ken Jeong holds a BS from Duke University and an MD from UNC School of Medicine.
Kristen Bell attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts to study musical theater, but dropped out a few credits before graduation to play a role in the musical version of Broadway The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Jessica Biel was enrolled at Tufts University in Massachusetts for two years, but dropped out to play a role in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003).
Spike Lee holds a BA in Mass Communication from Morehouse and an MFA in Cinema from NYU Tisch.
Tom Hanks studied acting at Chabot College and transferred to California State University, Sacramento after two years before dropping out to intern at the Great Lakes Theater Festival.
Eva Longoria holds a BA in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and an MA in Chicano Studies from California State University, Northridge.
Madonna received a scholarship to the University of Michigan and studied there for two years before dropping out and moving to New York City to pursue her music career.
Mayim Bialik holds a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and a doctorate in neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Jake Gyllenhaal went to Columbia for about two years to study Eastern religions and philosophy, then dropped out to focus on acting.
Bridgit Mendler holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Southern California and a graduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
John Mayer enrolled in Berklee College of Music, left after two semesters, moved to Atlanta, and started a band called LoFi Masters with his friend, Clay Cook.
Rebel Wilson attended the University of New South Wales and obtained a BA in Theater and Performance Studies as well as a Bachelor of Laws.
Lady Gaga was early admitted to Collaborative Art Projects 21, a music school in NYU Tisch. She dropped out in the second semester of her sophomore year to pursue her music career.
David Duchovny holds a BA in English Literature from Princeton University and an MA in English Literature from Yale.
Ashton Kutcher attended the University of Iowa and majored in biochemical engineering. During this time, he was approached by a model recruiter at a bar, won the “Fresh Faces of Iowa” modeling contest, then eventually gave up and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career.
Lupita Nyong’o holds a BA in Film and Drama from Hampshire College and an MA in Performance from the Yale School of Drama.
Alicia Keys got a scholarship to Columbia but dropped out after a month to focus on her music full time.
And Angela Basset has a BA in African American Studies from Yale and an MA in Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama.
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