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See the celebrities whose careers began at UCLA

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Mayim Bialik

The Big Bang Theory star is a real-life nerd. Turning down Harvard and Yale, Bialik received a B.S. in neuroscience, Hebrew studies and Jewish studies in 2000 and her PhD in 2007. Her dissertation was titled "Hypothalamic Regulation in Relation to Maladaptive, Obsessive-Compulsive, Affiliative, and Satiety Behaviors in Prader-Willi Syndrome."
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James Franco

There was a time when Franco attended just one school. After dropping out following his freshman year in 1997 to concentrate on acting, Franco re-enrolled in 2006, receiving special permission to take up to 62 (!) credits a quarter instead of the normal 19. He completed his English degree in 2008 with a 3.5 GPA.
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Beth Behrs

The 2 Broke Girls star earned a degree in critical studies in 2008.
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Kal Penn

A double major in film and sociology, the House alum graduated in 2000.
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Autumn Reeser

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Beau Bridges

With NBA aspirations, Bridges played for John Wooden for one year before transferring to the University of Hawaii.
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Danica McKellar

The Wonder math whiz graduated summa cum laude in 1998 with a B.S. in math. McKellar co-authored a scientific paper while at UCLA and has a theorem named after her: the Chayes–McKellar–Winn theorem.
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Ben Stiller

Stiller dropped out after nine months and headed for Broadway, where he made his acting debut in the Tony-winning revival of The House of Blue Leaves.
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Catherine Bell

Bell, who had wanted to become a doctor, majored in biology, but left to model in Japan.
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Carrie Ann Inaba

The Dancing with the Stars judge graduated in 2000 with a degree in not dance, but world arts and cultures.
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Dax Shepard

The Parenthood star received an anthropology degree in 2000.
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Christine Lakin

The Step By Step star received a B.A. in communications in 2003.
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Jack Black

Black was a member of Tim Robbins' acting troupe at UCLA, but dropped out after his sophomore year to focus on acting.
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Danielle Panabaker

The Flash star earned an English degree in 2007. She also holds an associate's degree from Glendale Community College.
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George Takei

The Star Trek alum obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees in theater in 1960 and 1964, respectively.
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Gabrielle Union

After studying at the University of Nebraska and Cuesta College, Union graduated from UCLA with a sociology degree in 1991.
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Milo Ventimiglia

The Heroes star studied theater at UCLA before receiving a scholarship to a music school in San Francisco, Calif.
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Kay Panabaker

A high school graduate at 13, Panabaker followed her sister Danielle to UCLA, being accepted as a junior at age 15. The No Ordinary Family star graduated in 2008 with a B.A. in history before she turned 18. Like her sister, she has an associate's degree from Glendale Community College.
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Christopher Gorham

The Covert Affairs star obtained a B.A. in theater, film and television in 1996. He met his wife and Popular co-star Anel Lopez Gorham at UCLA. She graduated in 1998 with a theater, film and television degree.
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Jaleel White

Did he do that? Yup, the erstwhile Urkel graduated in 2001 with a film and television degree.
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Nasim Pedrad

The SNL star graduated in 2003 with a theater degree and was part of the UCLA Spring Sing Company.
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Rob Reiner

Reiner dropped out of UCLA's film school after two and a half years.
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Taran Killam

The SNL star dropped his musical theater studies after one year in 2000 to pursue acting.
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Mariska Hargitay

The Law & Order: SVU star attended UCLA's School of Theater Film and Television, where her mother Jayne Mansfield also studied, but dropped out to pursue acting.
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Sean Astin

Rudy didn't go to Notre Dame, but UCLA. Astin graduated in 1997 with a B.A. in history and English.
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Will Forte

The SNL alum obtained a history degree in 1993. While at UCLA, Forte was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha frat.
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Tim Robbins

The Oscar winner earned a B.A. in drama in 1981 after transferring from SUNY Plattsburgh.
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Heather Locklear

A psychology major, Locklear dropped out to focus on acting. She had already begun modeling while at UCLA.
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Carol Burnett

Planning to study journalism, Burnett ended up studying theater arts and English with plans to become a playwright. After performing in several productions, she dropped out in 1954 to pursue acting.