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Celebs Who Went Back to College After Becoming Famous

America Ferrera graduates today from USC, ten years after she started going for her BA in international relations. The Ugly Betty star understandably got a little side tracked by her TV and film career but she’s thrilled to be crossing the finish line. Earlier this week she tweeted, “It’s finally happening! Took me 10 years, but it feels great.” Let’s face it, many actors who become successful when they’re young don’t even finish high school let alone college. But there are a few who’ve wanted to experience life as a co-ed — you know, beer in plastic red cups, the freshman 15 — a least for a little while. Here’s a look at celebs who’ve sampled the undergrad existence with different degrees of commitment.

  • America Ferrera 1 of 12
    America Ferrera & Esquire Host a "Save the Children" Benefit - Arrivals

    The "Ugly Betty" star finally got her degree from USC after a decade of juggling course work with her busy filming schedule. 

  • Dakota Fanning 2 of 12
    "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals

    She may look 100% Hollywood here at the punk-themed Met ball, but Dakota Fanning is also in her sophomore year at NYU.

  • Emma Watson 3 of 12
    66th Annual Cannes Film Festival - "Jeune et Jolie" ("Young & Beautiful") and "The Bling Ring" Premiere - Arrivals

    The Burberry model and star of "The Bling Ring" studied at Brown University and then spent a year at Oxford. She's said she plans on returning to Brown to graduate. At some point. 

  • Miranda Cosgrove 4 of 12
    Nickelodeon's 26th Annual Kids' Choice Awards - Arrivals

    The "iCarly" star is finishing up her first year at USC where she's studying film. The last time Cosgrove found herself in a traditional school setting was back in the sixth grade. Her middle and high school years were spent with private tutors as she filmed her hit Nickelodeon show. 

  • Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen 5 of 12
    2012 CFDA Awards - Inside

    The child stars spent time at NYU before leaving to focus on building their fashion empire. Their well-respected fashion line, The Row, won them the CFDA's Womenswear Designer of the Year award in 2012. They beat Marc Jacobs!

  • Haley Joel Osment 6 of 12
    "Equus" Broadway Play Opening Night - Arrivals

    The now 25-year-old "Sixth Sense" star graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2010.

  • Claire Danes 7 of 12
    19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Press Room

    The "Homeland" star took a break from acting to spend two years at Yale studying psychology. 

  • Natalie Portman 8 of 12
    Nevada Women Vote 2012 Summit Hosted by Organizing for America

    The Academy Award winner graduated from Harvard in 2003 where she studied psychology and neuroscience.

  • James Franco 9 of 12
    James Franco Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 7, 2013

    Is there a college Franco hasn't attended? The actor has spent time at Yale, UCLA, RISD, Brooklyn College, Columbia and the University of Houston. He even taught a film class at NYU. 

  • Tyra Banks 10 of 12
    55th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Clive Davis and the Recording Academy's Pre-GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Gala Honoring Antonio "L.A." Reid - Arrivals

    The "ANTM" star attended a 9-week Harvard Business School Owner/President Management program and got some flack for implying it was a full 2-year MBA. Still, the girls gets props for keeping the studies going.

  • Brooke Shields 11 of 12
    "Dead Accounts" New York City Premiere - Arrivals

    After nearly two decades of modeling and acting, Shields graduate from Princeton in 1987 where she majored in French literature. 

  • Jodie Foster 12 of 12
    2013 Tribeca Film Festival - "Sunlight Jr." - Arrivals

    The child star studied literature at Yale and graduated magna cum laude. 

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