You often hear about YouTubers dropping out of higher education and becoming multi-millionaires, but what about the ones that stuck it out?
We collected a list of just some of the many YouTubers that went to college and left with a degree. There are many more!
From “pointless” degrees to anti-discrimination lawsuits – here are some of their experiences.1. Colleen Ballinger Evans
Colleen Evans graduated from Azusa Pacific University, where she majored in Vocal Performance.
Colleen Evans’ rival Miranda Sings. (Photo: Instagram)
Most fans know that Miranda Sings is partly based on the “cocky girls” from the performance department. “They were so rude… it drove me nuts!”
Here’s a throwback from 2008, when she was in the musical Seussical.2. Daveywavey
Daveywavey went to Seton Hall University in New Jersey, a Roman Catholic university – as an openly gay man. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Daveywavey holds a ball. (Photo: Twitter)
The university refused to recognize his gay-straight alliance, so his friend sued the university.
After he was given an ultimatum, he also threatened to sue, and went to the press – at which point the school backed down.3. Lilly Singh
Lilly revealed that she went to York University and got a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.
Lilly Singh in a colorful top. (Photo: Twitter)
She once ranted about the campus on Twitter. “Half the campus is pitch black at night and does not have cameras. Eff you! You spend money on flat-screen TVs. I friggin’ dislike your face!”4. Jenna Marbles
Jenna Marbles has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Suffolk University. She also went to Boston University and ended up with a Master of Education in Sport Psychology and Counseling.
Jenna Marbles on the red carpet. (Photo: YouTube)
“I’m fairly smart, but I felt like a dumbass all the time. But I was yeah, this is dope!”5. Natalie Tran
Communitychannel graduated from the University of New South Wales with a degree in Digital Media.
Natalie Tran at a photoshoot. (Photo: Instagram)
She described her degree as “useless”. “It was a stupid degree. It does not even exist anymore. I should get my money back.”
She was originally planning to study Education, but decided against it. “It was a depressing degree.”6. Sam Tsui
Singer Sam Tsui graduated from Yale University magna c** laude. He majored in Classical Greek.
Sam Tsui with Yale friend Kurt Hugo Schneider. (Photo: Twitter)
He honed his skills at Yale in the all-male a capella group The Duke’s Men of Yale. Here’s a mini-Sam singing Umbrella way back in 2009!7. Kurt Hugo Schneider
Kurt Hugo Schneider went to Yale University and graduated magna c** laude in Mathematics.
Kurt Hugo Schneider and best friend Sam Tsui. (Photo: Twitter)
He originally met Sam Tsui during middle school, when they had the same bus route. They both ended up at Yale, where they continued to collaborate!
Here’s some Lady Gaga.8. Toby Turner
Tobuscus went to the University of Florida and graduated with a degree in Telecommunication Production.
Toby Turner is looking at you!
Here’s a throwback video from way back in 2008!
“So, this is the University of Florida. At 7 in the morning. I haven’t seen it before, either. Some people wake up at 7. Naturally.”9. Jon Cozart
Jon Cozart graduated just a few months ago! He was at the University of Texas at Austin, and was a Film Studies major.
Jon Cozart being eyed up by Disney girls. (Photo: Instagram)
In a recent interview, he said he would like to write PG-13 comedies like Pitch Perfect. “Tweens, teens, musicals, girls,” he said. “That’s what I’m good at.”10. Louise Pentland
SprinkleOfGlitter got a degree in Biology and Psychology from Liverpool John Moores University – and graduated with honors.
Louise Pentland making a face. (Photo: instagram)
On her blog, she revealed that she never let “doubts about the future” get the best of her during university. “It never worried me for too long.”11. Jack Howard
Jack Howard graduated from the University of Lincoln with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Production.
Jack Howard in blue. (Photo: Instagram)
In fact, his YouTuber friends Dean Dobbs and TomSka all competed the same program!
“You should be jealous of me. I have never got to think about essays, or any of that again! All I’ve got now is real problems. Like debt and taxes. And inevitable death.”12. Mamrie Hart
Mamrie Hart went to UNC-Chapel Hill and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater.
Mamrie Hart offers you a drink. (Photo: Instagram)
While she was at school, she starred in General College, a soap opera. She played a boozy bisexual. Here’s a clip.13. Cassey Ho
Blogilates graduated from Whittier College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.
Cassey Ho will get you fit. (Photo: Instagram)
She was originally on track to become a doctor, but changed her mind.
During school, she taught Pilates – and the rest is history.14. Frankie Grande
The multi-platform star graduated from Muhlenberg College. He majored in Theater, Dance and Biology.
Frankie Grande takes a mouthful. (Photo: Instagram)
It was in college that he started to “fall in love” with theater, despite his original passion for biology. He pledged Sigma Phi Epsilon.15. Franchesca Ramsey
Franchesca Ramsey has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, from the Miami International University of Art and Design.
Franchesca Ramsey at a photoshoot. (Photo: Twitter)
She previously wrote some tips for fans about the design field. “Do not work for free!”16. Hank Green
Hank Green obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Eckerd College. Then he went off to the University of Montana and got a master’s degree in Environmental Studies.
Hank Green gets close. (Photo: Instagram)
A few months ago, he posted a video about the high prices of college. “Is treating America’s students like customers a disservice to everyone?” he asked.17. John Green
Superstar author John Green went to Kenyon College and left with a double major in English and Religious Studies.
John Green at the Paper Towns premiere. (Photo: Twitter)
Like Hank, he also asked if college was worth it. “The opportunity to learn and study in a formal, dedicated way is still a gift, even if it has become a very expensive one.”
He also went back to Kenyon College and gave a speech! Here’s a video.18. GloZell Green
GloZell went to the University of Florida, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theater.
GloZell Green looking excited. (Photo: Instagram)
She revealed that she often had to build sets and write scripts by herself, in addition to the singing and line-learning. It helped her a lot. “I can now do everything by myself.”19. Jim Chapman
Jim Chapman graduated from the University of East Anglia with a Psychology degree.
Jim Chapman looking suave in a hat. (Photo: Twitter)
“I really liked it,” he tweeted once.
“I’m nervous just thinking about going back. It’s petrifying. You’ve got to be nervous. But remember – so is everyone else!”
“Take part in things! There’s so much stuff going on.”20. Harley Morenstein
Harley Morenstein of Epic Meal Time fame has a Bachelor of Education from McGill University.
Harley Morenstein gives his trademark look. (Photo: Instagram)
Before YouTube, he used his degree to teach at a High School in Montreal – in history and media subjects.21. Justine Ezarik
iJustine graduated from Pittsburgh Technical Institute, majoring in Multimedia Technologies and Video Production.
iJustine rocks a pink hoodie. (Photo: Instagram)
She went into detail about her college experiences in her book. She revealed that she often looked like a “crazy person” because she was employed by the Admissions Office and had to ride a segway with a helmet.22. Patricia Bright
Although Patricia Bright is best known on YouTube for fashion – she actually studied Accounting and Finance, and graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University.
Patricia Bright beams in blue. (Photo: Instagram)
She revealed that she initially studied International Fashion Marketing, but changed her mind later. “I had a passion for fashion – that sounds really corny!”
She swapped to Accounting because she wanted more money. “I hated my first year of university. I was very depressed. I cried so much!”23. Grace Helbig
Grace Helbig went to the Ramapo School of Contemporary Arts at Ramapo College and graduated summa c** laude – and majored in Contemporary Arts.
Grace Helbig gives an awkward look. (Photo: Instagram)
On her old channel, she shared tips on how to pick a college. “If the college has an ad on television, you should NOT go there.”
“Dumb colleges spend their money on radio and television advertisements because no one’s going to their dumb school.”
She even made a Commencement Speech a few months ago! Here’s the video.
Jeana of PrankvsPrank graduated from Rowan University summa c** laude.
Jeana from PvP during her graduation. (Photo: Instagram)
In her graduation vlog, she was shocked that she was the only one in her group that scored that high. “I’m the only one? I have been waiting for this moment for SO LONG.”
“My shoes are getting stuck in the grass!”25. Samantha Maria
Beautycrush graduated from Southampton Solent University, where she studied Fashion Styling.
Samantha Maria poses in yellow. (Photo: Instagram)
She made sure to style herself for the graduation, and decided against going all-black. “I thought it would be too much!”26. Phil Lester
Phil Lester went to the University of York, where he graduated with an English Language and Linguistics degree. He later obtained a Master of Arts in Video Post-production, with a specialization in Visual Effects.
Phil Lester at home. (Photo: YouTube)
Want a throwback? Here’s a black and white vlog from a younger Phil!27. Hannah Hart
Hannah Hart went to UC Berkeley and left with degrees in Japanese Language and English Literature.
Hannah Hart pours a drink. (Photo: YouTube)
Just two weeks ago, she posted a video about college applications. She said, “For me, college was a deeply important experience. Not only academically, but socially. And personally!”
“Not only did I discover more about myself, I was given the opportunity to just be myself.”28. Tyler Oakley
Tyler graduated with a Communications degree from Michigan State University.
A young Tyler Oakley sitting on the floor. (Photo: Twitter)
Tyler will be spilling about his college experiences in his new book Binge – including an abusive relationship.
In fact, he recently released snippets, which you can read on Wattpad.
Here’s a throwback from when he was a senior!
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Pupils spent an inspirational afternoon with Mr Lester
Thursday 24th November, pupils at Dean Close Preparatory School were thrilled to welcome Mark Lester, the original Oliver from the 1968 film, who came to talk to the cast of this year’s Christmas performance, Oliver! The Musical.
experiences of playing Oliver as well as some top acting tips, then children were given the opportunity to ask him questions such as: How does acting on stage differ to acting for a film? Which performance are you most proud of and why?
Dean Close pupil Cameron Stephens, who plays Oliver in the School production said: “Meeting Mark was thrilling. He signed my cap and gave me some useful ideas about the interpretation of my character. I am really looking forward to performing next week, along with the rest of the cast who are brilliant.”
Oliver! The Musical is being performed in the new Dean Close Prep Centenary Hall using a professional West End set. The four performances are already sold out, attracting 1300 friends and family and three local schools.
Inspired by this year’s adaption of Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist, the School has spent an entire week going Dickens mad, with a ‘What the Dickens’ week. Dedicating a whole week to one of Britain’s most celebrated authors, pupils, through a wide range of Dickensian activities, have been learning about some of the stories he wrote and the characters he created.
Every morning pupils were greeted by a different Charles Dickens’ character, such as Mr Bumble and Scrooge. Parents, pupils and staff have had great fun, guessing who the characters were.
Located at the school entrance behind an authentic bay window the School has created its very own ‘Old Curiosity Shop’ which has been open for business all week. Pupils have enjoyed searching through the dusty objects on an old Welsh dresser to uncover a variety of Victoriana and guessing its purpose. Just a few of the items on display, on loan from the Wilson Museum, were a glove stretcher, a puzzle jug and Victorian curling tongs. Children could also spend time in the library sharing authentic Victorian toys – none of which needed charging!
Throughout the week the School chose to support one of Britain’s oldest Victorian children’s charities – Barnardo’s, by collecting coppers and small change. Barnardo’s was founded in 1866 to care for vulnerable children and young people.
On Thursday, lunchtime was transformed into a Victorian feast as pupils dined on Victorian favourites such as game pie, delicious plum duff and baked apple dumplings.
The School’s archive department created a fabulous display of photographs and artefacts from the School’s first days for pupils and staff to learn what school might have been like 130 years ago, when the school first opened in 1886.
Head of English, Mr Bob Shelley said, “This has been a fantastic experience for the children, all the activities have really brought Charles Dickens stories and characters to life. So much so, some of our pupils have decided to read ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’ for themselves and find out what happened.”Co-ed Schools Girls Schools Boys Schools Prep Schools International Schools
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