5 Celebrities Who Attended Ivy League Schools

By Catherine Groux
Posted January 10, 2013 12:00 PM

These five celebrities graduated from Ivy League schools.
These five celebrities graduated from Ivy League schools.
During the college admissions process, many students hope to attend one of the eight elite colleges known as Ivy League institutions. Celebrities are no different, and in recent years, many stars have turned to Ivy League colleges to earn bachelor's and master's degrees. Below is just a sample of some of the many celebrities who have attended these well-known institutions. 

John Krasinski
Before he became Jim from the hit NBC show "The Office," John Krasinski spent a year teaching English in Costa Rica. From there, he enrolled in Rhode Island's Brown University as a theatre arts major. In 2011, Krasinski earned his bachelor's degree with honors and scored a coveted spot as an intern on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien." 

Conan O'Brien
Television host, comedian, writer and producer Conan O'Brien was once a student at Massachusetts' Harvard University, where he completed his bachelor's degree in history and literature in 1985. Before graduating, the Harvard Crimson named O'Brien the Class of 1985's "pre-eminent jokester," predicting he would eventually find comedic success.  

Edward Norton
Before landing roles in movies like "Fight Club" and "American History X," Edward Norton was studying astronomy, history and Japanese at Connecticut's Yale University. In 1991, Norton graduated with a bachelor's degree in history, and used his skills to pursue a job in Japan with Enterprise Foundation, his grandfather's company. When he finally returned to New York in 1994, Norton decided to pursue acting as a career. 

Brooke Shields
For actress and model Brooke Shields, attending New Jersey's prestigious Princeton University was always a dream. Although she said her high school guidance counselor told her she would not get in, Shields was accepted to Princeton and graduated in 1987 with a bachelor's degree focused on romance languages. During her college years, Shields dated another famous Princeton alum - "Superman" actor Dean Cain, who earned a bachelor's degree in history from the university in 1988. Shields was also a member of Princeton's Cap and Gown Club. 

Rashida Jones
Rashida Jones, who appeared on "The Office" series and in the film "The Social Network," completed a bachelor's degree in religion and philosophy at Harvard University in 1997. During her time in college, Jones showcased her musical talent by writing scores for the school's Hasty Pudding Club and performing in the Loeb Theatre on several occasions. 

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