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
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
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
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
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
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
The now 25-year-old "Sixth Sense" star graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2010.
Claire Danes 7 of 12
The "Homeland" star took a break from acting to spend two years at Yale studying psychology.
Natalie Portman 8 of 12
The Academy Award winner graduated from Harvard in 2003 where she studied psychology and neuroscience.
James Franco 9 of 12
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
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
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
The child star studied literature at Yale and graduated magna cum laude.
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