With influences from media portrayal, the desire to “break out” from their previous labels, and just the simple concept of growing up, it’s common to see Disney childhood stars that we’ve grown so attached to fall off the deep end. It’s happened more than once, and each case is different than the last one. There are, however, several former Disney stars that have shied away from the spotlight and actually went to college.

1) Adam Lamberg


Adam is best known for his role as “Gordo” in Lizzie McGuire.

He majored in geography at the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently working in New York City, but not acting. He definitely doesn't seem to be as soft-spoken as Gordo now!

2) Tahj Mowry


Tahj lent his voice to everyone’s favorite tech geek, Wade, in Kim Possible.

Mowry played college football at Savannah State for 2 years before returning to acting. He is now currently enrolled in classes at Pepperdine University.

3) Christy Carlson Romano


Another Kim Possible star, Christy was the voice of Kim herself and is also well known for her role as Ren Stevens in the show Even Stevens.

She studied political science at Barnard College and Columbia University.

4) Tiffany Thornton

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Tiffany is known for her role as Tawni Heart in Sonny with A Chance (co-starring with Demi Lovato!) and So Random!

Thornton is an alumna of Texas A&M Univeristy.

5) Alana Austin


Alana played Andrea “Andi” Carson in Disney’s original movie Motocrossed.

She has since retired from acting and studied medicine at the University of Southern California.

6) Alex D. Linz


Alex starred in Max Keeble’s Big Move as the title character, Max.

Alex graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.

7) Kay Panabaker

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Kay is best known for her role of Debbie Berwick on Phil of the Future, but she was also on a number of other Disney Channel shows and original movies.

She was accepted early to the University of California, Los Angeles and received a bachelors of arts in history before she turned 18 years old. She is now a zookeeper.

8) Dylan Sprouse


Dylan is very well known for his role as the mischievous Zack Martin on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and its reboot The Suite Life on Deck.

Dylan attended New York University from 2011-2015.

9) Cole Sprouse


Cole starred alongside his brother, Zack, as the more intelligent twin, Cody Martin in both Suite Life series.

Cole also attended NYU from 2011-2015.

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