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Nick Cannon Howard University Acceptance Nothing to Cheer About

Nick Cannon, host of America's Got Talent, became a full-time student this week at Howard University. Did he get a celebrity pass? (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images)

Nick Cannon, host of America’s Got Talent, became a full-time student this week at Howard University. Did he get a celebrity pass? (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images)

Nick Cannon, the celebrity emcee and Mariah Carey’s ex-husband, started classes this week as a full-time student at Howard University, a school that prides itself on “academic excellence through a highly selective admission process.” So what exactly did Nick get on his SATs?

The Washington, D.C. based school requires all prospective applicants to take the college entrance exam as well as complete a college preparatory program.

Where did Nick take his?

And while we’re at it, what was his high school GPA and class rank? The university requires that from applicants as well–plus recommendations.

Nick did graduate from Monte Vista High School in Spring Valley, Calif., a mere 18 years ago.

But more than likely, he got a celebrity pass on the admissions process, and that’s nothing to cheer about.

For a university that rejects one out of every two students who apply, according to a college ranking Web site, it seems hard to justify admitting Cannon while rejecting students who actually meet the admissions requirements.

Obviously having a high-profile celebrity on campus means reams of publicity. It surely will help with recruiting, as well.

But just how often will Cannon, a full-time student, actually be on campus?

Cannon said this week he won’t let homework get in the way of his professional commitments, according to The New York Daily News.

He plans to continue hosting “America’s Got Talent,” which happens to be produced 3,500 miles away in Los Angeles.

Oh, and he’ll also continue to produce music, he says, “even if it takes flying across the globe with great regularity,” according to The News.

Cannon is known to be a workaholic. But he’s also been hospitalized at least twice due to overwork and too much stress.

Keeping his schedule–and attending classes full-time–would be nothing short of miraculous for anyone, even Superman.

So, while it’s commendable that Cannon wants to further his education at 35–even though he already has a successful career–he’s making a mockery of higher education, not to mention Howard University.

He’s far from the first celebrity to try to add a college degree to their resumes, and far from the first to be criticized for it.

Emma Watson received the same blast in 2009, when she was accepted by Brown University, an elite Ivy League school.

But Watson attended the prestigious Headington School in Oxford, England, and was tutored five hours a day while on movie sets.

She took her GCSE school examinations–required of all English secondary students–in ten subjects and scored eight A+’s and two A grades.

She was 19 when she started school and put her film career on hold to attend classes. She only took a brief hiatus in 2011 to film a “Harry Potter” movie.

She graduated with a degree in English Literature in 2014.

Among other celebrities who enrolled in college after becoming famous, Jessica Biel was accepted at Tufts, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen enrolled at New York University and Claire Danes attended Yale.

All of them dropped out, according to Gawker.

The historically African-American university also counts among its former celebrity students Taraji P. Henson, Sean (Diddy) Combs and Anthony Anderson. All attended –before they were famous– but only Henson graduated, according to school records.

Not all celebrities lack the fortitude to get a degree after becoming famous. Natalie Portman graduated from Harvard, and Jodie Foster graduated from Yale, to name two.

Whether Cannon makes it all the way through is problematic. He says he intends to stay in school until he receives his PhD.

Let’s hope he makes it for all the students who failed to get into the school.

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