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Celebrities who went to college in NYC

Beauty and brains? Bradley Cooper, James Franco and Jonah Hill are just a few of the celebrities who have buried their heads in books at New York City colleges.

Christy Turlington Burns

Supermodel Christy Turlington Burns, seen at a Manhattan
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Supermodel Christy Turlington Burns, seen at a Manhattan cinema screening on March 12, 2014, took a step back from modeling to attend NYU in 1994. Burns graduated cum laude in 1999 from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree with a concentration in Comparative Religion and Eastern Philosophy. She also pursued a graduate program at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.

Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper, seen at a London premiere on
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Bradley Cooper, seen at a London premiere on Oct. 28, 2015, graduated from The New School with a Masters in Fine Arts in 2000. He was recognized by People magazine as "the sexiest man alive" in 2011, and is known for his roles in "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle."

Dakota Fanning

Dakota Fanning, star of the
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Dakota Fanning, star of the "Twilight" films, "I am Sam" and "The Runaways," studies at NYU, where she attended the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. The Galltin School enables students design their own interdisciplinary program based on their interests and career aspirations. According to The Daily Beast, she majored in women's studies with a focus on "the portrayal of women in film and culture." She is seen in a photo taken in Park City, Utah.

James Franco

According to New York Magazine, James Franco dropped
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According to New York Magazine, James Franco dropped out of UCLA only to return 10 years later. At 28 years old, Franco enrolled in classes. Soon after he was taking 62 credits per quarter -- roughly three times the normal limit -- all while still acting, New York Magazine says. He graduated in two years with a degree in English and a 3.5 GPA. Franco then moved to New York and enrolled in four graduate school programs: NYU for filmmaking, Columbia Univeresity for fiction writing, Brooklyn College for fiction writing and a low-residency poetry program at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. He started course work for a doctorate in English from Yale before he even completed any of the graduate programs. He also attended the Rhode Island School of Design. In this image, he attends the "Child of God" premiere at Tribeca Grand Hotel on July 30, 2014 in Manhattan.

Maggie Gyllenhaal

While Jake Gyllenhaal was embarking on a successful
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While Jake Gyllenhaal was embarking on a successful career, his sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal, was completing an English degree at Columbia University. She also studied briefly at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. She graduated from Columbia in 1999 and went on to be an Academy Award-nominated actress. She has starred in films such as "Secretary" and "Sherrybaby," which both earned her Golden Globe nominations, "The Dark Knight" and "Crazy Heart." In this image, Gyllenhaal poses before the 2015 Golden Globes, where she took home an award for best actress in a TV miniseries or movie for her role in "The Honorable Woman."

Jonah Hill

Jonah Hill is a graduate of The New
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Jonah Hill is a graduate of The New School's Eugene Lang College. Hill received an Academy Awards nomination for his role in "Wolf of Wall Street." He's also known for his performances in "Superbad" and "Moneyball." He is seen here speaking at the MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on April 13, 2014.

Lucy Liu

Lucy Liu was originally enrolled at New York
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Lucy Liu was originally enrolled at New York University before transferring to the University of Michigan, where she studied Asian languages and culture. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1990. Liu is seen on April 29, 2014 at the Tony Awards Nominations Ceremony at the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel in Manhattan.

Billie Lourd

Carrie Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, graduated from NYU
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Carrie Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, graduated from NYU in 2014 after studying religion and psychology. The young actress has a role in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and in the Fox series, "Scream Queens." She's seen at the Dec. 14, 2015 premiere of the Star Wars film in Hollywood.

Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld attended Queens College, and in 1994,
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Jerry Seinfeld attended Queens College, and in 1994, he spoke at a commencement. He told the students that his most poignant memory of the college was the time he found a parking spot near campus. Seinfeld graduated in 1976 and said that Queens College allowed him to pursue independent study in stand-up comedy, according to the New York Times. He received an honorary doctorate in humane letters from the college. He is seen at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015.

Dylan and Cole Sprouse

The Disney Channel stars graduated from NYU's Gallatin
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The Disney Channel stars graduated from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study with honors in May 2015. The twins, known for their roles in "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody" and "Big Daddy," notably switched places at graduation. Dylan concentrated on video game design and a double major in poetry and studio art while Cole studied archaeology. Dylan, left, and Cole are seen in Manhattan at The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival After Party Of Gia Coppola's Palo Alto on April 24, 2014.

Julia Stiles

Julia Stiles majored in English at Columbia UniversityShe's
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Julia Stiles majored in English at Columbia UniversityShe's known for her roles in "10 Things I Hate About You" and "Save The Last Dance." She's seen at a pre-cocktail reception for Silver Linings Playbook in Manhattan on Nov. 12, 2012.

Jack Quaid

The son of Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan
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The son of Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan studied in the Experimental Theatre Wing at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. While at NYU, Jack Quaid was a member of Hammerkatz, a sketch comedy group. He is known for his role as Marvel in "The Hunger Games." He's seen attending the GQ 20th Anniversary Men Of The Year Party at Chateau Marmont on Dec. 3, 2015 in Los Angeles.

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington graduated from Fordham University in 1977.
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Denzel Washington graduated from Fordham University in 1977. The actor meandered from pre-med to political science before landing on acting, according to Fordham University. He was cast as the lead in the college production of Eugene O'Neill's "Emperor Jones." After graduating from Fordham, Washington was accepted into MFA programs at Yale and Carnegie Mellon universities but his career as an actor quickly flourished and he found fame instead. Washington is seen attending Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Barclays Center on May 12, 2014 in Brooklyn.

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