James Franco at the Premiere of Rise of the Planet of the Apes in Los Angeles on July 28, 2011
Schools: Columbia University and Yale University
Graduated: 2010 from Columbia; hasn’t yet graduated from Yale
After graduating from UCLA with an English degree and then from NYU and Columbia with an MFA, box-office star James Franco is currently in the process of earning his doctorate at Yale. Despite his busy Hollywood schedule, education-addicted James still makes his Ivy League studies a priority. One famous example: After hosting the 2011 Academy Awards on a Sunday night, James hopped on a red-eye and was sitting in class at Yale by 9:25 a.m. Monday morning.