Where Students Dream In Gold: The Top Ten Schools with Oscar Winners

The stage has been set for this year’s 86th Annual Oscars, held on February 28th. This year’s nominees will face steep competition to take home the gold they all have been dreaming of.

Some big questions of the year include: How will the new addition to the Star Wars movies compare to past ones? How did Mad Max get ten nominations? Is The Martian a comedy? and most importantly will Leo finally win an Oscar?

While these questions won’t be answered until the 28th we do have some answers for you if these are the questions you are asking: Where do these screenwriters, actors, composers and producers come from? Is there a secret training camp for Oscar nominees? Is there Oscar winners in my midst?

Well here’s the answer folks- these top ten schools have historically produced the most Oscar winners. Is there gold in the drinking fountains?

The University of Southern California system clearly stands out as a powerhouse from this research. With a total of 34 winners broken down between the general campus programs and more specifically the USC School of Cinematic Arts , USC takes the lead in most Oscar winners to walk its campus.

Not surprisingly New York University (NYU) ranks high overall in Oscar winners. It is known for its star producing qualities with 25 Oscar winners having graced its hallowed halls. While many of these schools making it on the top ten are commonly known for the stars they produce, lesser known Colleges or Universities include the University of Vienna, located in Austria and City College of New York.

Its a tight competition between the top three schools of NYU, UC Berkeley and USC. Who knows what the 2016 awards will bring, only time will tell who will stay on top.

Fingers crossed for all the nominees this year. We might even see a new university rise to the top!

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5 Responses

  1. Katja says:

    Hi there! Could you tell me where you got the info? I would love to know the names of the winners who attended the University of Vienna.

  2. John says:

    According to UCLA’s website their alumni have 36 Academy Awards.

  3. Aurea Gonzalez says:

    Is there a list of the alumni from the specific schools that won an oscar?

  4. Alexie Cruz says:

    Where can I get a list of the winners from City College of New York?

  5. Natalia says:

    thank you for sharing your research! I find it fascinating that the University of Vienna (where I have been studying and am working at the moment) is on the list of the Ten-Top-Universities with the highest numbers of Oscar awards. We’d like to write an article about it and of course, we would mention you in the copyrights.
    So, we are wondering, where your data (regarding University of Vienna) came from? You don’t mention it in your article… It would be great, if you could share your research with us.
    I’m looking forward to your reply!

    Sincerely yours,
    Natalia Bochenek
    Online Editorial Office
    Alumni Association of University of Vienna

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