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07/27/2016 03:01 pm ET Updated Aug 09, 2016

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
    University of Arizona graduate
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    University of Arizona graduate
  • Paul Rudd
    University of Kansas dropout
    AP
    University of Kansas dropout
  • Tina Fey
    University of Virginia graduate
    AP
    University of Virginia graduate
  • Oprah Winfrey
    Tennessee State University graduate
    AP
    Tennessee State University graduate
  • Brad Pitt
    University of Missouri dropout
    AP
    University of Missouri dropout
  • Madonna
    University of Michigan dropout
    AP
    University of Michigan dropout
  • Michael Jordan
    University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
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    University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Shaquille O’Neal
    Louisiana State University
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    Louisiana State University
  • Kristin Davis
    Rutgers University graduate
    AP
    Rutgers University graduate
  • Tom Hanks
    California State University, Sacramento
    AP
    California State University, Sacramento
  • Mick Foley
    State University of New York at Cortland
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    State University of New York at Cortland
  • Ben Stiller
    University of California, Los Angeles dropout
    AP
    University of California, Los Angeles dropout
  • Matthew McConaughey
    University of Texas at Austin graduate
    AP
    University of Texas at Austin graduate
  • Owen Wilson
    University of Texas at Austin graduate
    AP
    University of Texas at Austin graduate
  • Wes Anderson
    University of Texas at Austin graduate
    AP
    University of Texas at Austin graduate
  • Renee Zellweger
     University of Texas at Austin graduate
    AP
    University of Texas at Austin graduate
  • David Letterman
    Ball State University graduate
    AP
    Ball State University graduate
  • Jon Stewart
    College of William and Mary graduate
    AP
    College of William and Mary graduate
  • Common
    Florida A&M University
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    Florida A&M University
  • Ashton Kutcher
    University of Iowa dropout
    AP
    University of Iowa dropout
  • Sheryl Crow
    University of Missouri graduate
    AP
    University of Missouri graduate
  • Eva Longoria
    Texas A&M University-Kingsville graduate
    AP
    Texas A&M University-Kingsville graduate
  • Sandra Bullock
    East Carolina University dropout
    AP
    East Carolina University dropout
  • Zoe Kravitz
    Purchase College, State University of New York dropout
    AP
    Purchase College, State University of New York dropout
  • Regina Spektor
    Purchase College, State University of New York graduate 
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    Purchase College, State University of New York graduate 
  • Josh Hartnett
    Purchase College, State University of New York drop out

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    Purchase College, State University of New York drop out Photo Credit: Nehrams2020
  • Jerry Seinfeld
     Queens College, City University of New York graduate
    AP
    Queens College, City University of New York graduate
  • Kevin Costner
    California State University, Fullerton graduate
    AP
    California State University, Fullerton graduate
  • George Clooney
    Northern Kentucky University &amp; University of Cincinnati dropout
    AP
    Northern Kentucky University & University of Cincinnati dropout
  • Joe Biden
    University of Delaware graduate
    AP
    University of Delaware graduate
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