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The Semester’s Top 10 Most Famous College Students

Elizabeth Hoyt

January 15, 2015

The Semester’s Top 10 Most Famous College Students
We’re guessing it can’t be easy to get to class while dodging paparazzi.
A typical college student has a lot to balance between academics, extracurricular activities, a social life and, of course, their scholarship search. Throw in worldwide fame on top of it and you have a completely different set of items (like training, filming, recording and politics) to balance. These college students also happen to be celebrities – some by birthright, others by trade – and we’re guessing it can’t be easy to get to class while dodging paparazzi. Here are some of the most famous students attending college this semester:

1. Dakota Fanning

Senior, Gallatin School at New York University
Studying: Individualized Study within NYU’s Gallatin School

Just in case you don’t know who Dakota Fanning is, she’s gone from child star to movie star in films like “I Am Sam,” “The Secret Life of Bees” and “The Twilight Saga.” FYI: the Gallatin School is a small interdisciplinary college within New York University, which allows “individualized study.”

2. Raven Symone

Freshman, Academy of Art University
Studying: Art and Design

She grew up before our very eyes on shows like “The Cosby Show" and “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper,” but you’re more likely to recognize this actress and singer from Disney Channel fan favorites like “That’s So Raven” and “The Cheetah Girls.” Symone, now 28, is currently exploring on her artistic side at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

3. Lourdes Leon

Freshman, University of Michigan
Studying: U of M’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance Program

Madonna’s daughter Lourdes (who goes by Lola) is actually following in her mother’s footsteps by attending U of M. It’s actually the school Madonna attended before dropping out to pursue her pop career. Lola is studying at U of M’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance – which makes us wonder if she’s preparing for a solo pop career as well?

4. Miranda Cosgrove

Junior, University of Southern California
Studying: Film

You’ll recognize this star from her early childhood roles in “School of Rock” all the way to later roles when she became a Nickelodeon darling on hits like “Drake and Josh” and “iCarly.”
Cosgrove is currently taking a break from acting (and has been since 2012) to pursue her studies at USC) and “get the real college experience” but ultimately wants to get back on set to act again.

5. Alexander Ludwig

Senior, University of Southern California
Studying: Theater

The Canadian-born hunky actor is best-known for his role as Cato, the District 2 tribute, in the first “Hunger Games” movie. The college senior is a member of USC’s fraternity’s Phi Kappa Psi, which has an on campus reputation for throwing some of the wildest parties on campus.

6. Angus T. Jones

Sophomore, University of Colorado Boulder
Studying: Unknown

You’ll recognize Jones from his role on the hit sitcom “Two and a Half Men,” which he starred in for 10 seasons. He left the show in order to pursue his education and to dedicate himself to Christianity.

7. Jack Gleeson

Senior, Trinity College in Dublin
Studying: Philosophy and Theology

Best known for his role as the horribly bratty and oh-so-vicious King Joffrey Baratheon on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Gleeson played the role so well it’s difficult to look at him without loathing. The young actor, however, is obviously nothing like his character. Gleeson has said he actually plans to retire as a professional actor now that he's (spoiler alert!) finished with his GoT role and has talked about the possibility of pursuing a career in academia instead.

8. Jack Quaid

Senior, Tisch School of the Arts at New York University
Studying at: NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts

Sure, he’s the son of Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan, but his accomplishments are enough to stand on their own. You’ll likely recognize this Quaid from his “The Hunger Games” role, Marvel. However, the young actor favors his humorous side – he’s also known for creating comedy sketches with friends which are popular on YouTube and Vine.

9. Justin Combs

Junior, University of California – Los Angeles
Studying: Unknown

Justin Combs may be famous because of his father, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs’ musical career. Music, however, had nothing to do with the fact that he earned a $54,000 athletic scholarship to play football for UCLA!

10. Corinne Foxx

Junior, University of Southern California
Studying: Public Relations

The lovely daughter of famous dad Jamie Foxx, Corinne doesn’t let her dad outshine her one bit. The college junior is a cheerleader at USC and, in her spare time, appears on red carpet primers, hangs out with Beyoncé, and has awesome fashion features written about her in small time publications like, you know, W Magazine. Yeesh! That's pretty impressive considering she hasn't even graduated yet. If you couldn't sense it already, we're green with envy, Corinne, because you are one amazing gal.

Camera Shy (but still worth mentioning)...

Hailie Jade Scott Mathers

Freshman, Michigan State University
Interested in Studying: Psychology and Entrepreneurship
We’ve heard her rapped about as a child but baby Hailie is all grown up. Not only is she the daughter of famed rapper Eminem, Scott Mathers is one smart cookie as well. She graduated high school with honors and an estimated 3.9 GPA. Though she doesn’t have a declared major that we know of, she’s said she’s interested in studying psychology and entrepreneurship. We’re thinking with grades like that, she’ll be successful in whatever field she chooses.

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