Headed back to college? Or maybe you’re just planning a trip to a homecoming weekend. Either way, when you’re boasting about your school spirit, don’t forget to include your school’s notable alums -- such as Elizabeth Banks, who graduated magna cum laude from Penn with a degree in communications.
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Ty Burrell: Penn State
Funnyman Ty Burrell was a member of Penn State’s Theater 100 Company. Another alum? Actor and comedian Keegan-Michael Key.
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Eva Longoria: Texas A&M
Eva Longoria originally studied kinesiology at Texas A&M before branching into modeling and acting.
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Ivanka Trump: University of Pennsylvania
Though Ivanka Trump started her college career at Georgetown, she transferred to UPenn’s Wharton School, one of the top business schools in the nation, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics.
Jimmy Kimmel: Arizona State University
Jimmy Kimmel proved that persistence is key to success. While at ASU he called his local radio station enough times that they finally gave him his first hosting job.
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America Ferrera: Univ. of Southern Calif.
Los Angeles native America Ferrera entered USC with a presidential scholarship and double majored in international relations and theater.
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Stephen Colbert: Northwestern Univ.
Stephen Colbert stretched his acting legs at Northwestern as an active member of their improv troupe. He also participated in a local comedy group, Annoyance Theater.
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Dwayne Johnson: University of Miami
Before he was “The Rock,” Dwayne Johnson helped score touchdowns as a member of the University of Miami’s football team.
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Mindy Kaling: Dartmouth College
Always the overachiever, Mindy Kaling participated in an improv comedy troupe and an a capella singing group, and wrote for the daily newspaper during her time at Dartmouth.
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Tina Fey: University of Virginia
Tina Fey has always been a writer and actress; she studied playwriting and drama at UVA.
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Natalie Portman: Harvard University
Natalie Portman once told reporters she’d “rather be smart than a movie star.” Turns out, she can be both.
Conan O'Brien: Harvard University
Conan O’Brien was the president of the Harvard Lampoon -- the university’s comedy paper -- during his years at the Ivy League school.
Jake Gyllenhaal: Columbia University
Columbia legacy Jake Gyllenhaal followed in the footsteps of his mother and older sister, Maggie, by attending this Manhattan institution.
Paul Rudd: University of Kansas
If you happen to be a Sigma Nu from the University of Kansas, you are already brothers with Paul Rudd.
Rosario Dawson: Columbia University
NYC native Rosario Dawson only traveled a few blocks to Columbia University, but as the first person in her family to go to college, it was a pretty big deal.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus: Northwestern Univ.
She may be a “Veep” now, but Julia Louis-Dreyfus actually dropped out of Northwestern to take a professional acting gig.
Kristen Bell: New York University
Before she was singing for Disney’s “Frozen,” Kristen Bell studied musical theater at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Chris Pine: Univ. of California, Berkeley
This “Star Trek” stud has always had a way with words; he graduated with an English degree from Berkeley.
Donald Glover: New York University
Donald Glover might be an actor, singer, and rapper extraordinaire now, but he started off as a dramatic writing student at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Columbia Univ.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a true Francophile; during his time at Columbia, he studied French poetry, history, and literature.
Emma Roberts: Sarah Lawrence College
Before she was a “Scream Queen,” Emma Roberts took some time off from acting to study liberal arts at Sarah Lawrence College.
Denzel Washington: Fordham University
A man of many trades, Denzel Washington studied drama and journalism at Fordham, and played guard for their basketball team.
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Lucy Liu: University of Michigan
Though she was always interested in theater, Lucy Liu studied Asian languages and cultures during her time at Michigan.
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Felicia Day: University of Texas, Austin
This self-proclaimed nerd girl got a full scholarship to the University of Texas, where she double majored in mathematics and violin.
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Joel McHale: University of Washington
Joel McHale is quite an athlete; he was recruited to University of Washington to be on the crew team but ultimately ended up playing football.
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Mayim Bialik: UCLA
This brainy comedian was a neuroscience major at the University of California, Los Angeles. In fact, she loved studying it so much she went back for a masters degree and a PhD in the same field.
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Steven Spielberg: Cal State, Long Beach
Though Steven Spielberg was rejected from the University of Southern California three times, his time at California State, Long Beach doesn’t seem to have been the wrong path for him.
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Olivia Munn: University of Oklahoma
Olivia Munn wanted to study it all at University of Oklahoma, but eventually decided on journalism, Japanese, and theater.