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11 Celebrities That Dropped Out Of College But Are Still More Famous than Us!

These days schoolchildren are strongly encouraged to go to university because it will apparently give them better long-term prospects. However, there are loads of people, including many celebrities, who dropped out of college and have still managed to have amazing careers.

  1. Steve Jobs

via Biography.com
via Biography.com

Steve was enrolled at Reed College and his parents were struggling to pay for the college’s expensive fees, so he eventually decided to drop out, because he didn’t want to keep spending his parents’ money on it.

2. Reese Witherspoon

via Peoplestylewatch.com
via Peoplestylewatch.com

Reese joined Stanford University to study literature, though ended up dropping out after just one year to follow her dreams of becoming a full-time actress.

3. Lady Gaga

via Billboard.com
via Billboard.com

The singer dropped out of New York University in order to devote her time and energy to her music career, which obviously paid off in the end.

4. Jake Gyllenhaal

via Weeklyviral.com
via Weeklyviral.com

Jake was enrolled at Columbia University studying cultural studies and religion, before eventually dropping out in order to pursue acting.

5. Tiger Woods

via Forbes.com
via Forbes.com

Tiger was enrolled at Stanford University and was the star of the golf program, before leaving to pursue a career in golfing, only to become one of the greatest golfers in history.

6. Kate Beckinsale

via Movieweb.com
via Movieweb.com

Kate studied French and Russian Literature at Oxford University and after spending a year abroad in Paris, she decided to drop out to focus on her developing acting career.

7. Ashton Kutcher

via Intouchweekly.com
via Intouchweekly.com

Ashton dropped out of the University of Iowa to focus on his burgeoning modelling career. He had originally planned on completing a degree in biochemical engineering.

8. Bill Gates

via Rollingstone.com
via Rollingstone.com

The man behind Microsoft dropped out of studying at Harvard University to set up his own computer company with the support of his parents. It’s a good thing he did because computers wouldn’t be the same today without him.

9. Ellen DeGeneres

via Ellentv.com
via Ellentv.com

The talkshow queen and comedienne dropped out of the University of New Orleans after completing a single semester.

10. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

via Vrfocus.com
via Vrfocus.com

The actor studied French literature at Columbia University for three years before deciding not to complete his degree, but to instead go back to Hollywood and pursue acting.

11. Zooey Deschanel

via Today.com
via Today.com

Zooey started studying for her degree at Northwestern University, but dropped out after nine months in order to purse acting as a career.



James Gibson
I'm a Classics graduate and have been writing for over three years. Hopefully going to go into novel writing some day. I'm mostly interested in theme parks and roller coasters - I've been on 300 coasters and plan on going on lots more!

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