Because a Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste: Celebs Who Attended Ivy League Universities

August 16, 2012 ‐ By Stephanie Guerilus

In the world of celebrity culture, the importance of an education often takes second billing to the bright glares of the spotlight. Many stars have opted to forgo their education in pursuit of their career. However, these 10 stars not only got their degrees first but raised the academic bar by attending Ivy League institutions.


Sanaa Lathan

Sanaa was born the daughter of famed director Stan Lathan and for some that might’ve been her golden ticket to Hollywood. However, Sanna pursued a degree in drama at Yale University. She graduated with her BA in 1995 and has made a name for herself all on her merit. Her roles in Love & Basketball and Something New are a testament to her talent.

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  • chanela

    what is the point though?just to say they have a degree? why go to college when you already make millions? you make more than most college students ever will unless they own coporations n stuff. hell they make more than the president!

    • wifey06

      that is the same stupid question athletes & raopers ask themselves when they are dead d broke and have loss their millions. because dumb folks can’t keep the money or they ask some other SMARt person to invest it and most likely the dumb person gets robbed. Every heard the expression” A FOOL and his money will soon depart”. Look at what Dumb Rihanna is going through now. JAy-z just got his percentage in the NEts reduced the a .00015th you might be rich butif you are not Smart you will still be a Dummy and Lose money— they ALL DO!!! look at wesly snipes look at lauryn hill. RIch BUT DUMB!!!! unless you are part of that educated you wouldn’t understand. And College gives you a broader view and perspective!! you see dumb ole beyonce and drake going back to get their high school diploma!!! So they can finally be able to Read their contracts.. Beyonce own dad milked her out of money!!!

      • chanela

        they go back to get their diploma because they feel like they’re missing something. that is THEIR fault for spending their money on dumb stuff like Lamborghinis and 10 houses. any sane person with common sense would know that their money won’t last very long if they spend frivolously. it has nothing to do with going to college.mark zuckerburg and bill gates didn’t finish college and they’re not broke.

        i 100% agree with you when you said ” you might be rich but if you are not Smart you will still be a Dummy and Lose money-” the examples you gave were the result of ignorant stupid people,not people who didn’t go to college.there are tons of people who go to college and get their masters and doctorates and what not and they’re STILL stupid and clueless as hell.

        also getting a degree and high GPAs don’t = smart. it just means that you completed the necessary work to obtain your degree/high GPA. that’s it. they don’t measure your intelligence, just your ability to finish homework and projects and turn it in on time.

  • Li

    David Alan Grier was overlooked yet Tyra made the list because she completed a certificate program?! She did not garner a Harvard degree.

    • PA-TX

      Thank you!! Tatyana Ali actually graduated from Harvard too.

  • alf

    you overlooked david alan grier. Yale MFA class of ’81.

  • Tagirl

    Sanna Lathan has a B.A in English from U.C Berkley and a MFA from Yale.

  • Treacle234

    Lets see their GPA upon graduating that’s more important. Not because you have a degree mean you are smart. Many people have a degree for the sake of it.

    • Hosea 4:6

      Reread your comment and then think about questioning anyone’s academic credentials and/or record. Many people talk ish just for the sake of it.

      • Treacle234

        Glad to you see you agree with my comment.

    • Is It 5:00 Yet?

      The fact that they made it into these schools already proves that their GPA upon entrance was above average. They don’t need to prove anything else in my eyes lol.

  • Lenisha

    i know lauryn hill went to colombia university but i guess she wouldn’t count since she didnt finish graduating.

    • quite a few rappers graduated from college! They should be shining examples of holding down college and doing music as a side gig.

  • D*mn this is beautiful! We as a people can do ANYTHING we set our minds to do!