Current Actresses That Graduated From College


Entertainment is only one of the many assets female celebrities have to offer. In fact, there are quite a few actresses that decided to further their education even though they made a living starring in movies and television shows. There have even been several actresses that decided to put their entertainment career on pause at one time or another in order to attend college. Below is a list of some of the most educated actresses in Hollywood. Check it out to see if one of your favorite actresses graduated college.

Tyra Banks

Model and actress Tyra Banks received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard in business management.

Kristen Bell

Actress Kristen Bell received her bachelor’s degree from New York University for Musical Theater.

Mayim Bialik

The Big Bang Theory Actress Mayim Bialik earned a bachelor’s degree in Hebrew and Jewish studies and also has a PhD in Neuroscience from UCLA.

Jordana Brewster

Jordana Brewster, Fast and the Furious movie franchise series star, attended her grandfather’s alma mater and received her bachelor’s degree in English studies.

Regina Hall

Actress Regina Hall received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from New York University.

​Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson, Empire’s television series star, known as Cookie Lyon, graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Howard University.

Rashida Jones

Actress Rashida Jones went to Harvard and received a bachelor’s degree in comparative religion.

Mindy Kaling

The Mindy Project actress Mindy Kaling received a bachelor’s degree in Playwriting.

Sanaa Lathan

The actress Sanaa Lathan, who made her first movie debut in Love and Basketball received her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in English and a master’s degree from Yale in drama.

Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah, the multi-talented entertainer, working as a talk show host, actress, singer and rapper attended the Manhattan Community College where she earned a degree in broadcast journalism.

Lucy Liu

The actress Lucy Liu received a bachelor’s degree in Asian languages and cultures from the University of Michigan.

Danica McKellar

The actress Danica McKellar, who made her breakout debut starring in the hit television show The Wonder Years, received a bachelor’s degree in math from UCLA.

Natalie Portman

Well-known actress Natalie Portman attended Harvard University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Julia Stiles

Save the Last Dance actress Julia Stiles received a bachelor’s degree in English from Columbia University.

Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union, the starring actress in Being Mary Jane, received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from UCLA.

Carrie Underwood

American Idol’s season four winner Carrie Underwood attended Northeastern State University, where she graduated as magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication.

Kerry Washington

The television series Scandal starring actress Kerry Washington graduated from George Washington University, where she earned her degree in performance studies.

​Rebel Wilson

Rebel Wilson, known her acting roles in the movies Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids received a law degree as well as a degree in theater and film from the University of New South Wales.

Reese Witherspoon

The well-known actress Reese Witherspoon received a degree from Stanford University before starring in major film roles such as Cruel Intentions and American Psycho.

​Renee Zellweger

Renee Zellweger received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Texas.

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