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20 Celebs You Didn’t Know Are Ivy League Educated

By Bex Walton, Semesterz

Celebrities drape themselves in the latest fashions, go to the trendiest bars and flash the cash, so it’s easy to forget about their intelligence. Here are 20 celebs that showed off their smarts at Ivy League schools!

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Anderson Cooper

Cooper graduated from Yale University, which is a surprise considering his mother is Gloria Vanderbilt, of Vanderbilt University. The news anchor studied a BA in Political Science, which came in handy in his future career.



BJ Novak

As well as acting, Novak wrote and directed some of the episodes of The Office. He graduated from Harvard University with a degree in English and Spanish literature.


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Conan O’Brien

O’Brien graduated from Harvard University, where he completed his major in American History in 1985. He developed his writing and comedy skills as editor of the Harvard Lampoon and was known to pull many pranks.



Dean Norris

Norris has played DEA agent Hank Shrader in Breaking Bad and is now working as Big Jim Rennie in Under The Dome. Before the small screen came knocking, he studied at Harvard University, graduating in 1985.


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Ed Norton

Norton graduated from Yale University in 1991 with a history degree. Never one to shy away from a controversial role, he would star in film American History X a few years later, where he played a neo-nazi.



Elizabeth Banks

Writer, actress and producer Banks is best known for her performances in the Hunger Games series. She also graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in theatre.


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Ellie Kemper

Another The Office star on our list. Kemper graduated from Princeton University in 2002, with a Bachelors degree in English. She is currently playing the title role in Netflix series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.


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