Famous College Dropouts

Famous College Dropouts


Actors & Actresses
Ashton Kutcher (Ashton enrolled in the University of Iowa in 1996 to study biochemical engineering, but after being discovered by a talent scout the next year, he dropped out to pursue modeling and acting.)

Jessica Biel (The actress left Tufts University to play the role of Erin the 2003 remake of “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”)

Mila Kunis (Mila briefly attended UCLA while filming, That 70’s Show, but eventually dropped out after finding it difficult to work while attending school.)

Brad Pitt (Brad went to school to be a journalist, but left University of Missouri early to head to California.)

Ben Affleck (Ben left the University of Vermont after just one semester and then dropped out of Occidental College to fully pursue acting.)

Oprah Winfrey (Oprah left Tennessee State University to pursue a career in media.)

Ryan Seacrest (America’s favorite broadcaster started out at the University of Georgia, but dropped out of college to move to California.)

Zooey Deschanel (Deschanel left Northwestern University before graduating to pursue acting full-time.)

Ben Stiller (Ben Stiller left UCLA, where he was studying film, to move back to New York to actually act.)

Matthew Morrison (Morrison left NYU Tisch School of the Arts to perform on Broadway.)

Ashton Kutcher (Kutcher was going to studying biochemical engineering at the University of Iowa, but he dropped out to pursue modeling and then acting.)

Amanda Seyfried (Amanda is rumored to have walked out of Fordham University on her first day of classes.

Anne Hathaway

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Bill Murray

Tom Hanks

Ellen DeGeneres

James Dean

Woody Allen

Steven Spielberg

John Lennon (The Beatles)

Lady Gaga

John Mayer (John dropped out of Berklee College of Music to pursue his dreams on his own terms.)

Alicia Keys (Grammy-winning singer enrolled at Columbia University before dropping out to sign with Columbia Records.)

Kanye West (Kayne attended both the American Academy of Art and Chicago State University before ultimately dropping out and releasing his hit album, The College Dropout.)

Steve Jobs (Apple)

Michael Dell (Michael started Dell from his University of Texas dorm room and left to see it through.)

Bill Gates (Microsoft)

Paul Allen (Microsoft Co-founder ditched Washington State University to join forces with Gates.)

Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)

Arash Ferdowsi (Arash dropped out of MIT and cofounded Dropbox)

Jan Koum (Whatsapp)

John Mackey (Whole Foods)

Jack Dorsey (Twitter)

Travis Kalanick (Uber)

Ralph Lauren

Julian Assange (Wikileaks)

Larry Ellison (Oracle)

Ty Warner (The Beanie Babies billionaire left Kalamazoo College to become an actor.)

Jack Taylor (Enterprise Rent-A-Car founder who dropped out of Washington University to enlist in the Navy.)

Daniel Ek (Daniel dropped out of a university in Sweden and later cofounded Spotify.)

Matt Mullenweg (Matt left the University of Houston to start WordPress.)

Sophia Amoruso (Sophia dropped out of community college before starting Nasty Gal.)

David Neeleman (JetBlue Airways founder who dropped out of the University of Utah a year before graduation.)

Wolfgang Puck

Ted Turner

Sean Hannity

Rush Limbaugh

Nikola Tesla

Harry Truman

John Glenn

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Author of The Great Gatsby. In 1913, Fitzgerald enrolled in Princeton, but left because of failing grades)

Jack Kerouac