10 Celebs Who Went to College While Famous: Katie Holmes, Nick Cannon, & More
Katie Holmes
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Ariel Winter

10 Celebs Who Went to College While Famous: Katie Holmes, Nick Cannon, & More


Katie Holmes is back in school! The Dawson's Creek alum has enrolled in Harvard’s Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports program, as Page Six reports.

“I’m so thankful and excited to be @HarvardHBS with so many brilliant people," she wrote on Instagram.

The 38-year-old is in great company when it comes to celebrities who pursued college degrees after becoming A-listers. Keep reading to see who else decided to chase fame and a degree at the same time.

  • Nick Cannon ​baffled followers by posting a photo next to a Howard University sign, claiming it was his “first day as a freshman.” “I am always seeking new challenges and continual growth and decided to obtain my first college degree from an institution that had a proven legacy of producing great minds,” he told Entertainment Tonight of the Washington D.C. historically black college.
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  • The Modern Family kids could coast by on the sitcom success, but both Ariel Winter and Nolan Gould have started taking college classes. 
  • Since becoming a heartthrob-slash-edgy artist, James Franco simply can’t stop going to school. In the last decade he’s attended UCLA, NYU, Columbia, and Yale, just to name a few.
  • Desperate Housewives’ Eva Longoria was desperate to further her education. The brunette started working on her master's degree in Chicano and Chicana Studies from California State University: Northridge while still starring in the ABC drama.
  • Natalie Portman graduated from Harvard in 2003 — smack in the middle of filming her Star Wars trilogy.

  • Emma Watson followed a similar path, as the Brit stunner began attending Brown in 2009. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2 would premiere over the next two years.

  • Tyra Banks received a certificate from the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard. While the ANTM host has said she graduated from business school, it’s more like she took three $33,000 courses.

  • Oprah became a media powerhouse in the early 80s. But she decided to make it official and finished her communications degree in 1986, years after she first became a television star and Oscar-nominee.