10 celebrities you had no idea dropped out of college, from Ryan Seacrest to Oprah (photos)

Now that it's May, college seniors are gearing up for graduation. But success doesn't always need a college degree.

Here are 10 celebrities that ditched collegiate life to follow their ambitions:

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10 celebs who dropped out of college

Ryan Seacrest

America's favorite broadcaster started out at the University of Georgia, but dropped out to move to California. 

 REUTERS/Mike Blake

Oprah Winfrey 

Yeah, you'd better believe it. Tennessee State University dropout Oprah left before graduation to pursue broadcasting gigs already lined up. 

 (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)

Ellen Degeneres 

Talk show sweetheart Ellen left University of New Orleans early and held a string of odd-jobs before making her comedic debut. 

REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Tom Hanks 

Hanks left Sacramento State University to intern at the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. 

REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt went to school to be a journalist, but left University of Missouri early to head to California. 

REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Jessica Biel 

The actress left Tufts University to play the role of Erin the 2003 remake of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre."

REUTERS/Mike Blake 

Zooey Deschanel 

Deschanel left Northwestern University before graduating to pursue acting full-time. 

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Ben Stiller 

Ben Stiller left UCLA, where he was studying film, to move back to New York to actually act. 

 (Photo by Kristina Nikishina/Epsilon/Getty Images)

Matthew Morrison 

Morrison left NYU Tisch School of the Arts to perform on Broadway. 

REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Ashton Kutcher 

Kutcher was going to studying biochemical engineering at the University of Iowa, but he dropped out to pursue modeling and then acting. 

 REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni


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