David Duchovny got his undergraduate degree in English from Princeton in 1982 and went on to get a master’s in English from Yale in 1989. He also continued his education while pursuing a PhD from Yale, though the actor has since dropped out.
Mindy Kaling graduated from Dartmouth in 2001 with a degree in playwriting.
The Gyllenhaal siblings both went to Columbia. Maggie graduated in 1999 with a degree in literature and Eastern religions, while Jake dropped out after two years to pursue acting.
Elizabeth Banks attended The University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1996.
Matt Damon dropped out of Harvard in 1992 while just 12 credits shy from a BA in English.
Anna Paquin attended Columbia for one year before dropping out to pursue acting.
Meryl Streep attended Yale’s School of Drama for her MFA in the early ’70s.
John Krasinski graduated from Brown with a degree in playwriting in 2001.
Jane Lynch got her MFA in theater and arts from Cornell.
James Franco attended Columbia’s graduate writing program and received a graduate degree in 2010. He then went on to enroll in a PhD program for English at Yale.
Amanda Peet graduated from Columbia in 1995.
Tommy Lee Jones graduated with a BA in English from Harvard in 1969.
Liev Schreiber got his MFA from Yale’s School of Drama in 1992.
Jennifer Connelly attended Yale for two years before transferring to Stanford in 1990.
Whitney Cummings graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 with a degree in communications and film.
John Legend graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied English with an emphasis on African American literature
Jodie Foster graduated with a degree in literature from Yale in 1985.
Julia Stiles graduated from Columbia in 2005 with a degree in literature.
Emma Watson went to Brown but took a leave of absence to attend Oxford and pursue acting. She is expected to complete her degree from Brown in May.
Connie Britton graduated from Dartmouth College in 1989 with a degree in Asian Studies.
Lupita Nyong’o got her master’s degree from Yale’s School of Drama.
Natalie Portman took a break from acting to pursue a degree in psychology from Harvard.
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