Famous People & The Colleges They Attended - Back-to-school bells are ringing and students are hitting the books once again. Before they were famous, these celebs were students, too. See who partied, pranked, played, cheered and studied their way through or out of college, and check out their career aspirations before they decided to seek the spotlight.
The clues: The joy of cooking came later for the chef, who double majored in Spanish theater and economics at a New Jersey university.
The clues: After giving up his megaphone in high school, the future 41st U.S. president joined his college baseball team, becoming a second base starter while pursuing a degree in history.
The clues: One of the first celebrity chefs earned a degree in history from a New England liberal arts college before attending an international culinary institute on a whim. Fans celebrate a special anniversary for the kitchen all-star this month.
The clues: The Academy Award-winning actor and Kentuckian didn't travel far to college, where he was a known party animal and class skipper who eventually dropped out to pursue acting.
The clues: The U.S. senator opted not to leave his home state of Mississippi to pursue a degree in psychology, join a fraternity and serve on the cheerleading squad.
Sean "Diddy" Combs
The clues: The former business major at a Washington, D.C., university dropped out to intern at an up- and-coming record label, eventually becoming talent director in charge of developing Jodeci and Mary J. Blige.
The clues: The eccentric artist was expelled from a Madrid academy after criticizing the qualifications of his professors.
Giada De Laurentiis
The clues: The celebrity chef studied baking and pastry at a prominent Paris culinary institute, but before studying abroad, she was in California earning her bachelor's degree in social anthropology.
The clues: While a freshman pre-med student at a Lone Star state university, the computer whiz sold and upgraded computers out of his dorm room and eventually dropped out to further pursue his buy direct concept.
The clues: The two-time Tony Award winner started out at a New York Ivy League school on a football scholarship and later transferred to another in Connecticut to pursue dramatic arts.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
The clues: Before the future five-star general took on enemies of the U.S. and its allies, he battled opponents on the gridiron at a prominent New York military academy.
The clues: After dropping out of high school at 17 and working at an ice cream franchise, the chef became part of the first graduating class at a culinary institute thanks to his father's business partner footing the tuition bill.
Gerald R. Ford
The clues: The future 38th U.S. president donned maize and blue as a center and linebacker for this Midwestern university football team, helping them receive back-to-back national championships.
The clues: The respected poet was a bit of a prankster at a New Hampshire liberal arts college and was expelled for shaving a picture in another student's hair, which violated the school's hazing policy.
The clues: While a student at a prominent law school, the "CSI: NY" actor befriended a future U.S. president over a game of basketball.
William Randolph Hearst
The clues: The successful publisher was kicked out of an East Coast university after gifting his professors with personalized chamber pots.
The clues: This member of The Rolling Stones enrolled in a London college with aspirations of becoming a journalist or politician but left to pursue music.
The clues: Although he dropped out of college after the first semester, the Apple co-founder credits a calligraphy course in the trailblazing Oregon town for inspiring various typefaces and fonts for the Mac.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
The clues: Long before he became an actor or threw the "People's Elbow" in the wrestling ring, his skills as a defensive tackle earned his college football team a 1991 national championship.
The clues: His knack for percussion earned him a music scholarship but aspirations of becoming a chef led him to pursue that dream at a Rhode Island university.
The clues: The iconic entertainer attended college in her home state to study dance but dropped out and moved to New York to pursue dance as a career.
The clues: The late-night funny man served as president and writer for his university's humor magazine and graduated magna cum laude with a double major in history and literature.
The clues: The "Naked Chef" dropped out of high school due to an acute learning disorder but later perfected his culinary skills at a college in his native England.
The clues: The future actor and 40th U.S. president dabbled in athletics at school, participating in football and serving as swim team captain at an Illinois liberal arts college.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
The clues: The 32nd U.S. president was a C student, a member of a fraternity and editor-in-chief of his college's daily newspaper.
Richard Mellon Scaife
The clues: The prominent newspaper publisher's rowdy drunkenness got him expelled from a Connecticut university after the beer keg he rolled down the stairs at a party broke another student's leg.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
The clues: The romantic poet and lyricist was known for his salacious prose, but school officials felt he went too far and expelled him after he refused to apologize for writing a pamphlet that attacked Christianity.
The clues: Before being crowned the “Shock Jock”, he traded New York for Boston to attend college, working at the school's radio station and earning a degree in communications.
The clues: The comedic actor was famous for entertaining guests at fraternity parties, but the film student dropped out of this California university to move to New York and pursue acting.
The clues: After breaking his arm in a high school wrestling practice session, the future chef took a job as a cook at a local rib joint and later developed his craft at a New York culinary institute.
The clues: The media mogul's tenure at a Rhode Island university was short lived due to his expulsion for being caught in a dorm room with a girl.
The clues: The Southern belle and "CSY: NY" actress was homecoming queen and a cheerleader in college, where she majored in art and advertising.
The clues: Before representing the people of Oklahoma, he led his home-state college team to consecutive Orange Bowl victories as quarterback and earned a degree in journalism.
The clues: The media mogul and Mississippian left a TennesseeHBCU one credit shy of a degree in communication to become a news anchor but returned more than10 years later to complete her coursework.
The clues: The “Legally Blonde” Southern actress majored in English literature at a university out West for one year before leaving to perfect her acting chops.