Celebrities who went to Harvard

Not only are they rich and famous, but some celebrities are quite educated as well. Harvard is one of the most prestigious schools in the world and here we give you the stars who attended it.

Elisabeth Shue








Elisabeth Shue debuted on-screen in the 1984 hit movie The Karate Kid. Despite her success and popularity, she did not want to give up her education so she enrolled at Harvard University in 1985 to become an attorney. However Shue still had the passion for acting so she dropped out of Harvard just one semester short of earning her degree in Political Science. In 2000, she returned to Harvard to finish the degree. Speaking about the experience, the actress said: “Harvard is a great place to go in terms of fitting in because all of the people that go there are all so extraordinary. I really don’t think it’s that big of a deal that there happens to be an actress there, and it does seem like every year there is an actress there. When I was there [in 2000], Natalie Portman was there and I was looking around to see if I could see her. So it’s a pretty anonymous place filled with very, very smart, capable people.”

Rashida Jones








The daughter of Quincy Jones displayed musical and theatrical talents as a student at Harvard, writing music scores and performing in campus plays. Rashida got her bachelor’s degree in comparative religion. Even as a child she knew what school she wanted to attend. Speaking to The Guardian, Rashida said: “I am who I am, and I wanted to go to Harvard when I was four years old, and I still wanted to go when I was 18, and so I went. I was never going to be like, ‘You know what my last name is, right?”

Matt Damon








Matt entered Harvard in 1988. As a Harvard student, a playwriting course assignment led to the development of a rough version of Good Will Hunting. He later completed the project with his childhood buddy Ben Affleck. Damon ultimately dropped out to pursue an acting career instead. “What was happening is that I would keep coming back, and I would almost get done with the semester and then I would be yanked out,” Damon recalled in an interview.

Natalie Portman







Not only one of the most attractive female actresses, Portman is also one of the smartest. She graduated from Long Island High School 1999 with honors, which then allowed her to study at Harvard. She is the first graduate of Harvard College to win an Oscar for best actress. She studied psychology and completed the degree in 2003. She speaks six languages and has twice been published in scientific journals.

Tommy Lee Jones








Jones is also a Harvard graduate. He was roommates with Al Gore during his studies. He attended Dallas’s prestigious St. Mark’s School on a scholarship. He went on to play football at Harvard. Jones graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1969, and his senior thesis was on “the mechanics of Catholicism” in the works of Flannery O’Connor.

Conan O’Brien








Conan’s father, Thomas O’Brien, worked as physician, epidemiologist, and professor of medicine at Harvard. After graduating as valedictorian of Brookline High School in 1981, O’Brien entered Harvard University and took up History and Literature. He wrote for the Harvard Lampoon humor magazine. His senior thesis focused on the use of children as symbols in the works of William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor. He graduated magna cum laude in 1985.

Ashley Judd








Judd enrolled in the Harvard Kennedy School’s Mid-Career Masters in Public Administration program in 2009, which she finished in 2010, making her an official Harvard graduate.

Mira Sorvino








Mira Sorvino is a true intellectual who graduated magna with honors from Harvard University with the degree in East Asian Studies. While studying, she also helped found the Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones, one of Harvard’s premier co-ed a cappella groups. She is affiliated with Amnesty International and has been among the many Hollywood celebrities calling for United Nations action in Darfur. She spent a year of study in Beijing while attending Harvard. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and also speaks French.

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