5. Film School Reject
After moving to California, Spielberg applied to the University of Southern California School (USC) of Cinema Arts but got rejected due to a low C average. He tried twice more and got rejected each time! He later became a student at California State University in Long Beach but dropped out after three years to take a job offer as a television director from Universal Studios. In 2002, at 55-years-old, Spielberg finally completed his CSU credits to earn a degree in film and arts.