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A Student, And Then Some: James Franco's University Career

First Posted: 04/25/11 09:28 AM ET   Updated: 06/25/11 06:12 AM ET

James Franco's education is characterized by epic accomplishment and defiant unreality. His recent admission to the University of Houston -- coming one year after he was accepted to Yale -- begs the question: How can one man attend two Ph.D programs thousands of miles apart at the same time? And perhaps more theoretically: How much creative writing instruction can one person physically have?

We don't have the answers to those questions, but we do have a look back at Franco's illustrious -- and ostensibly perpetual -- academic career. Click through to see the way he was/is, from L.A. to New York to Connecticut to North Carolina to back to Connecticut. Aut disce aut discede, James.

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  • UCLA

    Franco first enrolled at UCLA in 1996, but dropped out after his freshman year to act. He re-enrolled in 2006, taking anywhere from <a href="http://magazine.ucla.edu/features/smart_set/" target="_hplink">20-62</a> credits per semester. The regular course load is 19 credits.

  • Columbia University

    Franco enrolled in <a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2008/12/franco200812" target="_hplink">Columbia's MFA program</a> in 2008 and graduated in 2010.

  • NYU

    While at Columbia, Franco also decided to attend a filmmaking program at NYU. "The new critique you're gonna start hearing about James Franco," he told <a href="http://nymag.com/movies/profiles/67284/index3.html" target="_hplink"><em>New York Magazine</em></a> "is 'He's spreading himself too thin.' "

  • Brooklyn College

    At the same time, Franco attended <a href="http://magazine.ucla.edu/features/smart_set/" target="_hplink">Brooklyn College</a> for more instruction in creative writing.

  • Warren Wilson College

    While he was enrolled in three New York-based MFA programs, Franco <a href="http://nymag.com/movies/profiles/67284/" target="_hplink">frequented</a> Warren Wilson College in North Carolina for extra poetry training.

  • Yale University

    In 2010, Franco was accepted into Yale's English Ph.D program.

  • RISD

    "Is it art?" James Franco once asked at the end of a <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704107104574570313372878136.html" target="_hplink">Wall Street Journal</a> editorial addressing his appearance on General Hospital. It was hard to know, of course, but we do know that Franco sought a technical background in the aforementioned subject, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/20/arts/design/20franco.html?_r=1&src=tptw&pagewanted=all" target="_hplink">attending</a> RISD.

  • University of Houston

    Another doctoral degree, because why not? Franco was accepted to the University of Houston's literature and creative writing program this month.

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Filed by Rebecca Harrington  |