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41 Stars You Didn’t Know Went To College

These smart celebs had a back-up plan

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    They may be superstars now, but they made sure to hit the books too! Keep clicking to see who studied hard on campus:

    Ludacris received his Bachelor's in Music Management from Georgia State University.

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    Rashida Jones studied Religion and Philosophy at Harvard University.

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    Gabrielle Union studied Sociology at UCLA.

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    Michael Jordan earned a Bachelor's in Geography from the University of North Carolina.

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    Oprah Winfrey has a Bachelor's in Speech and Drama from Tennessee State University.

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    John Legend attended University of Pennsylvania where he studied English with an emphasis on African American literature. He received an honorary doctorate of music from the school this year!

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    Judy Smith, the real life Olivia Pope, attended Boston University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations. She received her law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University.

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    Lupita Amondi Nyong'o graduated from Hampshire College with a bachelor's degree in Film and Theater studies. She also has a master's degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama.

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    Shonda Rhimes studied English Literature at Dartmouth and then went on to get a Master's of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television.

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    Hill Harper graduated magna cum laude from Brown University where he studied Acting. He also has a Master's of Public Administration and J.D. from Harvard University.

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    Angela Bassett went to Yale University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies. She also earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale's School of Drama.

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    Common majored in Business Administration at Florida A&M University.

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    Sanaa Lathan studied English at the University of California at Berkeley. She almost went to Law School, but then decided on the Masters program at the Yale School of Drama.

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    Forest Whitaker has a Bachelor's in Acting from University of Southern California.

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    Wanda Sykes studied Marketing at Hampton University.

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    Jamie Foxx went to the United States International University and earned a Bachelor's in Music Arts.

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    Spike Lee studied Mass Communications at Morehouse College. He also has a Master's in Film and Television.

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    Viola Davis majored in Theater at Rhode Island College and then attended the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City.

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    Bill Cosby went to Hillman College... Oops! Bill Cosby went to Temple University where he studied Education while running track and playing fullback on the football team.

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    Octavia Spencer studied English and Theater Arts at Auburn University, and Samuel L. Jackson studied Theater at Morehouse College.

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    Aisha Tyler studied Environmental Policy at Dartmouth College.

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    Montel Williams attended the U.S. Naval Academy and earned a Bachelor's degree in Engineering.

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    Bob Johnson, founder of B.E.T., studied Public/International Affairs at Princeton University.

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    Brian White attended Dartmouth where he studied Political Science.

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    Queen Latifah studied Broadcast Journalism at Manhattan Community College.

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    Shaquille O'Neal has a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University in general studies, an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

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    Eddie Murphy studied at Nassau Community College.

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    Halle Berry studied Broadcast Journalism at Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio.

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    Rick Ross went to Albany State University on a football scholarship.

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    David Banner went to Southern University in Louisiana, which is his mother's alma mater, and got his Bachelor's degree in business. He was also president of the Student Government Association there! He also started to pursue a Master's from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, but didn't finish to take on music full-time.

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    M.I.A. graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, where she got her degree in fine art, video and film.

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    Kanye West may be a college dropout, but he received a scholarship to attend the American Academy of Fine Art in Chicago. But he ended up transferring to Chicago State University to major in English.

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    Plies originally went to Miami University where he was the wide receiver on their football team, but then transferred to the University of Central Florida.

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    Rah Digga studied electrical engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology!

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    Lil' Wayne went to the University of Houston for a short time in 2005, but stopped due to schedule conflicts. But Weezy also ended up taking some online Psychology from the University of Phoenix.

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    Diddy was a business major at Howard University.

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    J. Cole went to St. John's University in New York on an academic scholarship. He graduated magna cum laude majoring in communications with a minor in business.

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    Talib Kweli studied experimental theater at New York University.

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    Flavor Flav and Chuck D. met while attending Adelphi University in New York.

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    Paul Wall studied mass communications at the University of Houston for three years.

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