38 Celebrities Who Attended Public Colleges

Wes Anderson totally seems like he went to a weird liberal arts college, right?
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What do Kourtney Kardashian, Paul Rudd, Oprah Winfrey and Shaquille O’Neal have in common? They all attended public colleges!

State universities have given a huge lift to countless students who wouldn’t have been able to afford private college price tags. While price may not have been a barrier for someone like a Kardashian, other public college grads, like David Letterman, came from more humble backgrounds (his father was a florist and his mom a church secretary). Tom Hanks has written about how grateful he was to attend California State University-Sacramento for $95 a semester, which he said was “just barely affordable” for him at the time.

A significant amount of attention in the Democratic presidential race was placed on how to help students graduate debt-free from college, and most of the policy proposals were focused on public schools. Hillary Clinton’s latest proposal is to waive tuition at state universities for students whose families make $125,000 or less annually.

It’s a debate that’s rightly taking time in the presidential election because who knows, the next David Letterman or Tom Hanks could be out there, and they just need a hand.

Take a look at the list below for 35 celebrities who attended public colleges:

Kourtney Kardashian
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University of Arizona graduate
Paul Rudd
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University of Kansas dropout
Tina Fey
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University of Virginia graduate
Oprah Winfrey
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Tennessee State University graduate
Brad Pitt
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University of Missouri dropout
Madonna
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University of Michigan dropout
Michael Jordan
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University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Shaquille O’Neal
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Louisiana State University
Kristin Davis
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Rutgers University graduate
Tom Hanks
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California State University, Sacramento
Mick Foley
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State University of New York at Cortland
Ben Stiller
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University of California, Los Angeles dropout
Matthew McConaughey
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University of Texas at Austin graduate
Owen Wilson
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University of Texas at Austin graduate
Wes Anderson
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University of Texas at Austin graduate
Renee Zellweger
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University of Texas at Austin graduate
David Letterman
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Ball State University graduate
Jon Stewart
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College of William and Mary graduate
Common
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Florida A&M University
Ashton Kutcher
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University of Iowa dropout
Sheryl Crow
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University of Missouri graduate
Eva Longoria
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Texas A&M University-Kingsville graduate
Sandra Bullock
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East Carolina University dropout
Zoe Kravitz
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Purchase College, State University of New York dropout
Regina Spektor
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Purchase College, State University of New York graduate
Josh Hartnett
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Jerry Seinfeld
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Queens College, City University of New York graduate
Kevin Costner
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California State University, Fullerton graduate
George Clooney
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Northern Kentucky University & University of Cincinnati dropout
Joe Biden
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University of Delaware graduate
Richard Gere
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University of Massachusetts dropout
Kirstie Alley
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Kansas State University dropout
Nicole Richie
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University of Arizona dropout
Tim Allen
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Western Michigan University graduate
Ashley Judd
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University of Kentucky
Arnold Schwarzenegger
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University of Wisconsin–Superior
Chris Hardwick
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UCLA
Kevin James
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State University of New York at Cortland