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Top 10 Scholarly Stars

It’s not always about fame and fortune for these celebs – education is a priority in their lives. Find out what scholarly stars have earned degrees and diplomas or are returning to the classroom as you head back to school this September!

No. 10: James Franco

James Franco has attended FOUR prestigious universitiesJames Franco has attended FOUR prestigious universities

James has attended FOUR prestigious universities in his life: UCLA, New York University, Columbia University and Yale University. We hear he’s is so serious about school, he missed the Oscar nominations to attend class!

No. 9: Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman is Ivy LeagueNatalie Portman is Ivy League

Natalie Portman is so Ivy League: she graduated from Harvard University in 2003, thanks to her parents, whom she says always made sure she put her studies before her acting.

No. 8: Haley Joel Osment

Haley Joel Osment became an NYU freshman in 2006Haley Joel Osment became an NYU freshman in 2006

When students at NYU heard Haley Joel would be joining them as a freshman in 2006, they chalked the campus’ sidewalks with his famous Sixth Sense movie line: "I see dead people."

No. 7: Emma Watson

Emma Watson will return to school in September 2011Emma Watson will return to school in September 2011

Although Emma Watson put her education on hold to wrap up the Harry Potter film series, in July 2011 she announced that she was going back to school at Brown University to complete her degree.

No. 6: Dakota and Elle Fanning

Dakota and Elle Fanning are big fans of getting an educationDakota and Elle Fanning are big fans of getting an education

Celeb sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning are stars on screen and in class. Dakota was her high school's homecoming queen two years in a row while Elle, who still attends middle school, somehow manages to balance her acting career with math tests and gym class.

No. 5:  Mara Wilson

Mara Wilson graduated from NYU in 2009Mara Wilson graduated from NYU in 2009

Mara, who played the adorable Nattie in Mrs. Doubtfire, eventually grew up and headed to New York to attend NYU's Tisch School of the Arts; she graduated in 2009.

No. 4: Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks lived in a dorm at HarvardTyra Banks lived in a dorm at Harvard

Tyra Banks’ is known for being a savvy businesswoman, but even the best could use some formal training. She enrolled in Harvard Business School in 2011 and even went so far as to live in a dorm with her fellow classmates!

“We live in dorms,” confirmed the TV star. “I have my own room but we share a kitchen, living room and study area. It’s mandatory dorms. I freaked out. In the beginning I was like, ‘Oh yes, I’m going to Harvard and I’ll be at the Four Seasons down the street.’ And they were like, ‘Girl, you’re living in dorms!’”

No. 3: Shakira

Shakira went to UCLAShakira went to UCLA

Singer Shakira is resting her hips and giving her brain a workout at UCLA, attending classes on the history of western civilization so she could "learn from the best."

No. 2: Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg has both an honorary and real university degreeSteven Spielberg has both an honorary and real university degree

Director Steven skipped getting a formal education to be an unpaid intern at Universal Studios, where he learned his tricks of the trade. But eventually he did go back and earned his film degree in 2002.

No. 1: Danica McKellar

Danica McKellar is a math whizDanica McKellar is a math whiz

She used to be known for starring as Winnie Cooper in the Wonder Years, but Danica is also a UCLA graduate, math whiz and education advocate who’s written three best-selling books encouraging middle-school girls to have confidence and succeed in mathematics.

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