Mark Zuckerberg High School:
|Mercy College (one graduate course during high school), Ardsley High School, Phillips Exeter Academy (2002).|
Mark Zuckerberg College:
|Harvard University, dropped out.|
Mark Zuckerberg grew up in Dobbs Ferry, New York where he attended Ardsley High School until his junior year, when he transferred to Phillips Exeter Academy. In school, he was studious and successful, shining in both the arts and the sciences, and even won prizes for his work in the latter. In addition to his achievements in education, the adolescent Zuckerberg was captain of the fencing team and had been writing software since middle school, his skill level necessitating a graduate course on software at local Mercy College. At Harvard University, he was considered a programming prodigy off the bat, so even as he studied psychology and computer science he was creating programs that helped his fellow students select classes, form study groups, and choose the most attractive person in a group of photos. The popularity of one of his programs, Facemash, overwhelmed Harvard's network switches until he was forced to shut it down. However, in 2004 the program evolved into Facebook, which Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard to complete. Of course, the program and website have become enormously popular, making Zuckerberg one of the richest and most influential people in the world, on whom the 2010 film The Social Network is based.