James Franco’s unusual education
James Franco, actor and co-host of The Academy Awards tonight, likes going to school. In fact, he still is, studying for his doctorate in English at Yale University, while fitting in movie and television appearances on the side.
Franco, born in Palo Alto, Calif., graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1996, where he was voted “Best Smile” by his senior class. He enrolled at UCLA as a freshman that same year, but didn’t last long, deciding to give acting a chance.
That gambit worked exceedingly well, but Franco still wanted an education. He returned to UCLA in the fall of 2006, at age 28, cramming as many courses as he could into each quarter. His course load ranged from 20 to 62 credits per quarter (anyone wanting to do more than 19 a quarter needs special permission), all the while maintaining a grade point average of above 3.5.
He was awarded with a bachelor’s degree in English, with a creative writing concentration in June 2008, at which point he headed for New York and enrolled in not one or two schools but three: Columbia University’s M.F.A. writing program; Brooklyn College for creative writing; and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts for directing.
He earned a masters degree from Columbia and then moved on to Yale, where he is now studying for a doctorate in English.
“I love school," he once told People magazine. "I go to school because I love being around people who are interested in what I’m interested in and I’m having a great experience."
Anne Hathaway, Franco's co-host for the Oscars, studied at Vassar College in New York, studying as an English major and women’s studies minor, but she transferred in 2005 after several semesters to New York University. There she enrolled in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, which allows students to construct their own educational program. She did not earn a degree, though has said she would like to return one day.
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| February 27, 2011; 12:27 PM ET
Categories: Higher Education | Tags: anne hathaway, columbia university, james franco, the academy awards, the oscars, yale university
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