Click through the gallery to check out 15 celebrities who you probably didn’t realize were so smart:
Jake Gyllenhaal studied at Columbia University for two years before dropping out to focus on acting. His mother and sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal, were also students at the university.
After graduating as the valedictorian as his high school, Conan O’Brien attended Harvard University, where he studied History and Literature and graduated magna cum laude.
Madonna received a dance scholarship to the University of Michigan after high school, but ended up dropping out to start her career in New York City.
Will Ferrell was clearly meant to be in front of the camera! The actor attended the University of Southern California for sports broadcasting, and graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Sports Information.
Years after Will, Lily Collins also graduated from the University of Southern California. She earned her degree in Broadcast Journalism.
Amy Poehler studied at Boston College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Media and Communications.
She may have recently spoken at Harvard Law School’s commencement, but Mindy Kaling actually attended Dartmouth College. While in school, she interned for Conan O’Brien, and wound up graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Playwriting.
Elizabeth Banks graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Communications and concentration in Theater Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. She continued her education at the American Conservatory Theater, where she received her Master of Fine Arts.
Fellow Ivy Leaguer Rashida Jones attended Harvard University, where she studied Religion and Philosophy and graduated in 1997.
Brooke Shields received her bachelor’s degree in French Literature from Princeton University.
Sacha Baron Cohen studied History at The University of Cambridge’s Christ’s College, but spent his free time acting in the school plays.
‘Modern Family’ star Julie Bowen graduated from Brown University with a degree in Italian Renaissance Studies.
Ivanka Trump isn’t just using her dad’s name to get by in life! Donald Trump’s daughter attended Georgetown University for two years before transferring to the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Economics.
After graduating from high school at age 16, Ken Jeong continued his studies at Duke University as a Pre-Med major. He received his M.D. from the University of North Carolina.
Adam Sandler graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1988. During his time at NYU, the actor performed comedy acts at clubs around campus.
CONTRIBUTING EDITORS: CHRISTIANNA WIGGINS & CAROLINE LEVINE