famous college dropouts
Education Identity Self-Help

10 College Dropouts who are Successful AF

So, we’re not saying that you need to drop out of uni if you wanna make it. All we’re saying is, not everyone who’s earning the big bucks saw their education through to the very end.

The truth is, not everyone has an academic mind and people learn in different ways. If you’re struggling to get the grades, DW there are tons of other options out there. Check out these household names who didn’t do so good in school either, but are are absolutely killing it anyway…

1. Kanye West

famous college dropouts

The most famous college dropout of them all left college before graduating in order to focus on his music career and lay down some of the most iconic beats of the century/millennium – true story. Kanye released the album ‘The College Dropout’ in 2004 which has sold over 4 million copies worldwide. Kanye has since received an honorary Doctorate from the School of Art, Institute of Chicago – nice work, Dr. West 👨🏾‍🎓…

2. Mark Zuckerberg

famous college dropouts

Yep, you read that right – If Mark Zuckerberg hadn’t dropped out of college to focus on creating Facebook, you and I wouldn’t have been able to perfect the art of procrastination and selfie sharing. Thanks for dropping out, Mark

3. Lady Gaga

famous college dropouts

Gaga dropped out of University to focus on her music career and now she’s the queen of everything. ‘Nuff said.

4. James Cameron

famous college dropouts

If award winning film director, James Cameron didn’t drop out of college to become a truck driver, he wouldn’t have made Titanic, and Leo wouldn’t have got his big break and the world would’ve been a far worse place than it is right now… Also, Avatar.

5. Oprah Winfrey 

famous college dropouts

Oprah left college to focus on her media career when she was offered a job at a local TV station. She is now the considered to be ‘the Queen of all Media’ and an amazing philanthropist. Not to mention having her own talk show and acting career… no biggie.

6. Ellen DeGeneres

famous college dropouts

TV presenter, actor, writer, producer, comedian and all round legend, Ellen DeGeneres decided college wasn’t the right path and left in the first semester to enter the working world. Things really came up Millhouse for Ellen 😍

7. Bill Gates

famous college dropouts

The Microsoft founder left university to focus on computer stuff and is now considered to be one of the richest people in the world. Not that it’s all about money; Gates is one of the most generous philanthropists in the world. In 2013 it was estimated that he had donated an enormous $44.3 Billion dollars to charity. Good guy Bill.

8. Steve Jobs

famous college dropouts

Steve Jobs dropped out of college so that we could all have iPhones and good-looking laptops. Bonus fact: He also basically invented Font. Well… not really – but rumour has it that if he hadn’t dropped in on a Calligraphy class, he wouldn’t have enabled Apple Macs to have a variety of fonts to choose from instead of just one standard font – So we all have Steve Jobs to thanks for Comic Sans and iPhones. 🙌🏾

9. Zoella

famous college dropouts

Zoe Sugg decided uni wasn’t for her and instead, she casually became one of the most successful YouTubers ever. Zoella’s been working on growing her 11.8 million+ subscriber list and raking in her millions every since, good going Zoella!

10. David Karp

famous college dropouts

Another one who left School to become a genius. This guy is the founder of Tumblr. At age 11 David Karp was making websites for businesses, at 15 he started homeschooling but never returned to get a diploma! At age 21, Karp launched social networking site, Tumblr… and he did all that before his 30th birthday! Pretty impressive huh?!

So, there you have it. 10 successful people who have reached dizzying heights without the assistance of a degree or college diploma…..

*Disclaimer* We’re not trying to devalue the unwavering power of education. If you want to further your education, do it! Don’t let anyone hold you back. But, if education just isn’t for you, thats fine too! Focus on what you want to do, play to your strengths and you never know, you could be the next Zuckerberg ðŸ˜‰ now, go get em’!


  • I Feel An Odd Sort Of Guilt
    Well hello. It's been years at this point but you guys helped me once and I figured its worth a shot again. Also I really hope this is in the right forum, wasn't sure if I should put it here or in mental health. I've been in a relationship with my current boyfriend for almost […]
  • Did I come out wrong?
    so i just came out as bi to my mom. i (24f) am engaged to a 23 year old male, who i already came out to. my family has always been very accepting of anything and my moms best friend is an open lesbian. my brother, sister-in-law, and fiance wer all at my moms today […]
  • hey i am new
    hey im kinda new here i dont really know what to say, just tht im gg thru my depression rn and im just ver sensitive and demotivated to do anything at all
  • Hello I am new!
    Hey everyone, my username is Doofy. I am quite bad at introductions to be honest, there is not much to tell about myself. Well I am queestioning my everything at the moment, I was very sure of everything for a while but we are back at the start again... Anyways, in my bio? yes my […]
  • I Finally Cut My Catfish Loose, and I Miss Him So Much :'(
    I met the man of my dreams last December (2020). Everything I have ever wanted. We fell in love so fast and so deep. We dated for 10 months, texting every day for hours and hours. I always knew he lied about things, but I believed that the lies were because he was scared of […]
  • Chronic Bullying on a Mobile Game
    I have been playing Game of Sultans, a mobile game, for roughly 3 years. Unfortunately, for the past 10 months, I have been targeted by a group of individuals. They chain me repeatedly, 40 times or more in a setting, destroy other game play, and resort to name calling in the local chat. I have […]