Sure, college is a period of self-discovery and soul-searching, but it doesn't come without its share of challenges. And no one understands this fact more — surprisingly — than a whole bunch of celebrities.

Some of Hollywood's leading stars trekked their way through endless essays and exam crams to earn remarkable degrees. Did you know that Jersey Shore star Vinny Guadagnino has a political science degree from the College of Staten Island? Or that soul singer John Legend's Ivy League education earned him a degree in English? (Shocked much?)

Check out our gallery, above, to see which other stars earned surprising college degrees.