Tyra Banks at Harvard Business School and More Stars Back at School

Jerry O’Connell is heading to law school. Ashley Judd is getting a master’s at Harvard. And Omarosa’s in the seminary. VIEW OUR GALLERY of celebrity eggheads.

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Tyra Banks

Apparently she has beauty and brains. Tyra Banks is getting serious about her business, admitting recently that she’s been enrolled at Harvard Business School’s three-year program since last year. “It’s pretty exclusive,” she said. Banks quit Loyola Marymount University at 17 to pursue modeling—and few would argue that was a poor choice for the former Victoria’s Secret model turned talk show host. “It doesn’t take a lot to wow [fellow Harvard students],” said Banks.

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Jerry O’Connell

Although it seems like just yesterday that a chubby 11-year-old O’Connell made his feature film debut in Stand by Me, the 35-year-old actor announced in 2009 he was enrolling in law school. The Sliders star, who studied film at NYU in the early ‘90s, already attended orientation at Los Angeles’ Southwestern Law School and will take night classes as a part-time student. “It was either that or play videogames until 2 a.m.,” he said of his desire for higher education. Makes for quite the packed schedule: While wife Rebecca Romijn filmed her television show, O’Connell played stay-at-home dad to their twins during the day.

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Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth

From the right hand of The Donald to the right hand of…the Lord? Ultimate Apprentice villain Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth decided to pursue a doctorate of ministry at the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. The associate dean couldn’t be more pleased to have an alumnus of The Surreal Life on campus for the two-year program: “She has expressed a calling in her life and it is our opportunity to provide leadership and guidance as she makes a transformation.”

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Ashley Judd

Before she starred in Kiss the Girls and High Crimes, Ashley Judd majored in French at the University of Kentucky, even spending a semester in France, and also studied anthropology, art history, theater, and women’s studies in the early ‘90s. But just before graduating, the Kappa Kappa Gamma sister headed off to Los Angeles to pursue acting. Seventeen years later she completed the requirements to make her degree official. Apparently bitten by the learning bug, Judd is also studying at Harvard's Kennedy School, where she is pursuing a mid-career master's in public administration. Other notable graduates of the Kennedy School include Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj. Now that would make for an interesting study group.

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James Franco

James Franco’s college career meshes well with his bookish and sensitive image. After dropping out of his freshman year at UCLA to pursue acting, Franco made a return to the Westwood campus (even after he starred as Harry Osborn in the Spider-man movies) fitting in classes alongside his shooting schedule. Franco graduated with honors from the university with a degree in English in 2008 and moved to New York, where he attended Columbia University’s MFA Writing Program and NYU’s graduate filmmaking program. He's now an English doctoral student at Yale. Talk about an overachiever…

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Christy Turlington

The longtime Calvin Klein model began her career at age 14 and celebrated her fifth decade by studying for a master’s degree in public health at Columbia University. In addition to her return to school, Turlington, wife of actor Edward Burns, also produced the documentary No Woman, No Cry about pregnant mothers in developing countries.

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Brian May

The lead guitarist of Queen is also a leading astrophysicist. Before he was responsible for “We Will Rock You” and “Save Me,” Brian May graduated with honors from Imperial College London where he studied physics and mathematics. When Queen blew up in the early ‘70s, May dropped his Ph.D. studies to tour the world. Not satisfied to leave a thesis unfinished, May finished his research in 2007, published “A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud” and graduated in 2008.

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Mayim Bialik

During her youth, the star of Blossom was busy bringing all the insecurities of a teenage girl to the small screen. But when the beloved TV show completed its run in 1995, Bialik took a break from acting to attend UCLA and study neuroscience, Hebrew, and Jewish studies. Not satisfied to stop with an M.S., Bialik received her Ph.D. in neuroscience in 2008. Blossom always did have a good head on her shoulders.

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Dolph Lundgren

The hulking action hero was battered in the ring by Sylvester Stallone in Rocky IV, but thankfully those punches to the head were all for show. Ivan Drago’s alter ego has an impressive list of academic achievements: After graduating from the Royal Institute of Technology, the Swede obtained a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Sydney. Lundgren began to pursue his studies in the States—he was granted a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to M.I.T. in 1983—but quit to pursue acting. Finally last year, after a 15-year absence from theaters, he made a splashy return in The Expendables alongside Stallone, Jet Li, and Mickey Rourke.

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Marcia Cross

The portrayer of perfect housewife Bree Van de Kamp-Hodge graduated from New York’s acclaimed Julliard School before earning her master’s degree in psychology at Antioch University in Los Angeles. Only after she scored her two diplomas did Cross begin her career on the small screen, as a star of the daytime soap opera The Edge of Night.

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David Duchovny

Before investigating The X-Files and seducing an entire state on Californication, David Duchovny was quite the scholar. He completed his undergraduate work in English literature at Princeton University, and next received a master’s in the same field of study from Yale. Agent Mulder was all set to continue on with his Ph.D. studies, but his thesis, titled "Magic and Technology in Contemporary Poetry and Prose," remains unfinished.

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Monica Lewinsky

The world’s most famous intern received her undergrad degree in psychology from Lewis & Clark College before she moved to Washington D.C. to work in the White House. Despite the scandal over her intimate relationship with President Bill Clinton—depending on what your definition of is is—Lewinsky has since kept a relatively low profile. And perhaps it all worked out for her benefit after all—Lewinsky received a master’s degree in social psychology from the London School of Economics, publishing a thesis on the appropriate topic: “In Search of the Impartial Juror: An Exploration of the Third-Person Effect and Pre-Trial Publicity.”