Celebrities Who Are More Educated Than You Thought

Yes, two of the Kardashian siblings have degrees.

Who says celebrities aren’t smart? From chemical engineering to biology and even kinesiology (which is apparently a real thing), many A-listers got their education on before hitting the big time — and some even did it after. These 20 stars are at the top of the class in our book. (And two of them are Kardashians.)

  1. Ashley Judd

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    The Divergent actress received her Master in Public Administration degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

  2. Christy Turlington

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    The model has a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University.

  3. Lisa Kudrow

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    Before she was Phoebe Buffay, Kudrow got her B.S. in biology from Vassar College.

  4. Mayim Bialik

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    Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler is actually a doctor IRL. Bialik has a Ph.D in neuroscience from UCLA.

  5. James Franco

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    Franco received his writing MFA in 2010, and he is currently an English Ph.D candidate at Yale.

  6. Rowan Atkinson

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    He has a degree in electrical engineering from Newcastle University.

  7. Eva Longoria

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    The former Desperate Housewife has a B.S. in kinesiology from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. (We’re still not 100 percent sure what this is.)

  8. Zach Braff

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    He graduated from the Northwestern University School of Communication in 1997.

  9. Dolph Lundgren

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    The Expendables hunk has a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Sydney.

  10. Kourtney Kardashian

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    The oldest Kardashian sibling has a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts with a minor in Spanish from the University of Arizona.

  11. Jerry Springer

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    The iconic host holds a law degree from Northwestern University.

  12. Gene Simmons

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    The Kiss front-man has an associate’s degree in education from Sullivan County Community College. He would’ve been the best teacher ever.

  13. Renée Zellweger

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    The actress has a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin.

  14. Sacha Baron Cohen

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    Borat has a history degree from Cambridge University.

  15. Rachel Zoe

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    The Bravo stylist graduated from George Washington University with a degree in psychology and sociology.

  16. Shaquille O’Neal

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    The legendary basketball player has an Ed.D in human resource development from Barry University. Imagine getting sent to HR and it’s SHAQ.

  17. The Rock

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    Mr. Johnson has a bachelor of general studies degree in criminology and physiology from the University of Miami.

  18. Jay Leno

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    Leno has a speech therapy degree from Emerson College.

  19. “Weird Al” Yankovic

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    Before slaying us with the accordion, Yankovic earned an architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University.

  20. Rob Kardashian

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    The sock maverick graduated from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business in 2009.