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10 Smartypants Canadian Celebs You Didn’t Know Went to University

Written by Ryan Bolton

Canada has some great colleges and universities. In fact, Canada is ranked third best in the world for its post-secondary institutions. Booyah!

We’re a nation of smartypants.

In honour of us being wicked-smart, we put together a list of some of our favourite celebrities and the Canadian post-secondary schools they attended. In no specific order, they are:

Ryan Reynolds

Kwantlen Polytechnic University, British Columbia

Why They’re Famous: Heartthrob, great hair, forever Van Wilder in our eyes

Nina Dobrev

Ryerson University

Why They’re Famous: Degrassi: The Next Generation and The Vampire Diaries

Chris Hadfield

Royal Military College of Canada

Why They’re Famous: One badass astronaut. Plus there’s this.

Rachel McAdams

York University

Why They’re Famous: Standout actress in Mean Girls, The Notebook, and Sherlock Holmes

Arcade Fire (Win Butler and Regine Chassagne)

McGill University

Why They’re Famous: Indie rock superstars (aka. multi-Grammy and JUNO Award winners)

Rob Ford

Carleton University

Why They’re Famous: We still can’t figure it out. Somethings just are.

George Stroumboulopoulos

Humber College

Why They’re Famous: Former MuchMusic VJ, red interview chairs, future Hockey Night in Canada host

Carly Rae Jepsen

Canadian College of Performing Arts

Why They’re Famous: Three words: “Call Me Maybe”

Nathan Fillion

University of Alberta

Why They’re Famous: Actor in Castle, Firefly and voice actor in Halo 3

Alex Trebek

University of Ottawa

Why They’re Famous: Jeopardy!, and his amazing mustache (RIP mustache)

Runner-up Canadian celeb smarties include:

Lorne Michaels (University of Toronto), Shad (Wilfrid Laurier University), Sarah McLachlan (NSCAD), Paul Haggis (Fanshawe College), Eugene Levy (McMaster University), Fred Penner (University of Winnipeg), Prime Minister Stephen Harper (University of Calgary), Kevin O’Leary (University of Western Ontario), Ryan Gosling’s mom (Brock University).

ED. NOTE: Did we miss someone? Tell us about the famous Canadians that went to your post-secondary school in the comments.

*Opinions expressed are those of the author, and not necessarily those of Student Life Network or their partners.