The actor and director is among six artists, writers, scientists and educators selected to receive honorary degrees from Brown University next month.
The Ivy League Rhode Island school says Affleck will receive a doctorate of fine arts during commencement exercises May 26. The Massachusetts native directed, produced and starred in "Argo," which won this year's Oscar for Best Picture.
Others getting honorary doctorates are author and MIT Professor Junot Diaz; retired Stanford University bacteriologist Stanley Falkow; Tougaloo College President Beverly Wade Hogan; medical doctor and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President Risa Lavizzo-Mourey; and Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padron.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.