Beauty and Brains: 15 Celebrities Who Attended Ivy League Schools!

 Celebrities already seem to have it all, and some of them have attended the top universities in the country. Check out 15 celebrities who attended Ivy League colleges, some of who are at the top of the unexpected list!

Sanaa LathanLATHAN WENN

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Sanaa Lathan is the definition of both beauty and brains! Lathan acquired a B.A from Yale's Drama program in 1995, and her acting career soared afterwards. Think we're kidding? Check out Sanaa's major roles in Love & Basketball and Something New. 

Tyra BanksBANKS WENN

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Tyra Banks has always been good breaking glass ceilings! When it comes to her education, she is of no exception! Banks attended Harvard's Owner/President Management extension program, which allowed her to attend the prestigious school in three, three-week units over a period of three years. While Tyra's program is obviously not apart of Harvard's top-ranked Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) curriculum, she did indeed attended the university in some respect and we think she deserves some sort of credit!

Angela BassettBASSETT WENN

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Isn't Angela Bassett just extraordinary? We think so, and if winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress isn't enough for all the Bassett critics, then maybe a degree from Yale could turn those nay's into yay's! That's right, Angela achieved a B.A degree in African American Studies from Yale University in 1980. Talk about jack of all trades!

Matt DamonDAMON WENN

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Although Matt Damon has a $65 million dollar net worth, and could probably retire anywhere he wanted, if all else failed he could have fallen back on that little degree he should have acquired from Harvard University! Damon attended Harvard from from 1988 to 1992, but didn't graduate!

Rachel DratchDRATCH WENN

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Funnywoman Rachel Dratch learned her acting chops from somewhere, and apparently Dartmouth College has the program to turn their students into stars! Dratch attended Dartmouth and graduated in 1988, and later moved to moved to Chicago to study improv at The Second City and ImprovOlympic.

Hill Harper HARPER WENN

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Hill Harper can make any guy look like they aren't doing enough compared to him, but then again Mr. Harper does it all! Hill first attended Brown University graduating magna release laude. He later went on to achieve a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. So if you were ever looking to  have an intellectual conversation with a celebrity, look no further!

Rashida Jones JONES WENN

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Rashida Jones has the complete package, and isn't afraid to flaunt her exceptional face, figure or brain capacity! Jones attended Harvard University, initially wanting to be lawyer but eventually settling for the study of religion and philosophy. She graduated in 1997.

Ashley Judd JUDD WENN

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Ashley Judd has it all! She has been able to sustain the hectic lifestyle of a television and film actress and political activist. Clearly the chick has brains! Don't believe us? Well, maybe Judd's Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School will convince you!

Mindy KalingKALING WENN

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Remember this darling face from the hit television series, The Office? How about her hilarious role in the 2012 comedic movie, The Five Year Engagement? Yeah Mindy may have had a lot of jokes during her time on both these projects, but when it comes to her education Kaling takes it seriously. Mindy graduated from Dartmouth College in 2001.

John LegendLEGEND WENN

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John Legend is referred to as a musical genius by various fans and musical professionals, but rumor has it John isn't that far from being an actual genius when it comes to academia! After graduating from high school with salutatorian honors, Legend was offered scholarships to Harvard University, Georgetown University and Morehouse College. He eventually decided to attend University of Pennsylvania, where he studied English with an emphasis on African American literature. After participating in various musical groups and efforts while in school, John graduated in 1999.

Conan O'BrienOBRIEN WENN

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Conan O'Brien is another comedian who knows when to turn off his funny demeanor and tune into his scholarly side! O'Brien attended Harvard and graduated magna release laude in 1985.

James Franco

James Franco PF WENN

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After getting his Bachelors in English from UCLA James Franco earned his MFA from Columbia Univeristy in 2010.  He is currently in the process of earning his PhD in English at Yale University.

Brooke Shields SHIELDS WENN

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Brooke Shields! Where have you been all our days? We miss you dearly! Well, maybe Shields has been somewhere snuggling up with a book, as we have heard Shields is quite the intellectual! Brooke got her B.A. in French literature from Princeton University in 1987.

Julia Stiles STILES WENN

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Julia's Stiles' extremely competent character in her break-out movie, Save The Last Dance does not stray far from her personal life! Stiles is very smart, earning her degree in English literature from Columbia University! Stiles also received Columbia's annual John Jay Award in 2010, given to five alumni by the Columbia College Alumni Association for professional achievements.

Emma WatsonWATSON WENN

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The 23-year-old actress and model knows how to make money, but she also has a back up plan! Watson, who attended Brown University from September 2009 to March 2011, took a short recess to to promote the final installment of the Harry Potter franchise. She has since re-enrolled in Brown's 2013 winter semester, and is on track to graduate sometime soon!

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  • Grudeep

    When did Harvard College become an Ivy? I know that Harvard University is…I’m done with shotty “journalism”.

  • Draculax

    Why do some of these say magna “release” laude? Apparently whatever intern you had put this together didn’t go to college at all!

    • DirtyBoatGuy

      Spell check . . .think about it . . .

  • RandiT

    While Tyra’s program is obviously not apart of Harvard’s top-ranked Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) – It’s no a part, not apart! Proofread, or get someone who knows grammar and usage!

    • d

      and later moved to moved to Chicago :)

  • arich45

    B.A degree in African American Studies…

    LOL.. A degree in nothing. Kudos….