English, Economics among top college majors for celebrities according to OnlineSchools.com infographic

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When people like Paris Hilton and Rebecca Black rise into the public eye simply by being an heiress or having a viral YouTube video, it’s easy to think that famous people don’t work hard to achieve greatness. However, that’s not always the case for some of the world’s top celebrities, like Steve Carell and Donald Trump who indeed paid their dues and attended college. To illustrate, OnlineSchools.com’s newest infographic highlights the academic side of 200 celebrities better known for their professional accomplishments than their academic pasts.

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One important element that came from the research and development for this infographic is that people are able to major in one subject and go on to have a successful career in a completely unrelated field.

OnlineSchools.com, a digital resource for online education from kindergarten to graduate school, recently launched “Celebrity U,” a look at the college majors of 200 notable celebrities. Drawing from sources like Forbes and Buzzfeed.com, the infographic identifies five of the most popular majors among Hollywood’s best: economics, English, history, political science, and psychology.

“Seeing the academic backgrounds and successes of celebrities helps to humanize them and make them more relatable,” commented Boriana Trifonova, OnlineSchools.com spokesperson. “It’s important for younger children and teens to understand that these famous faces have depth beyond the artistic talents that they’re publically recognized for.”    

Aside from actors, the infographic highlights other well-knowns whose college education may surprise a few readers. For instance, Vinny Guadagnino, best known for getting his “GTL on” and “fist pumping” at MTV’s Jersey Shore, graduated with a 3.9 GPA from CUNY College of Staten Island. Along with Guadagnino’s surprising achievements, the infographic also features unexpected academic excellences (or lack thereof) from the likes of Bob Barker, Hugh Hefner and Barry Bonds.

"One important element that came from the research and development for this infographic is that people are able to major in one subject and go on to have a successful career in a completely unrelated field," Trifonova explains. "It goes to show that your major doesn’t mold your career — you do."

For news related to this infographic, such as Late bloomers: 5 women who found success later in life, and other information related to online schooling and education news, follow @OnlineSchools on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.

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Launched in 2011, OnlineSchools.com provides a searchable directory of accredited schools serving current and potential online students at every grade level. The site advocates online learning and supports parents and students as they progress from one educational decision point to the next. OnlineSchools.com is owned and operated by QuinStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: QNST), one of the largest Internet marketing and media companies in the world. QuinStreet is committed to providing consumers and businesses with the information they need to research, find and select the products, services and brands that meet their needs. The company is a leader in visitor friendly marketing practices. For more information, please visit QuinStreet.com.
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