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James Franco gets into Houston Ph.D. program

James Franco in a promotional photo for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. (ABC)

April 22, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Actor James Franco is planning on becoming a doctor--just not a medical one.

The University of Houston confirms that the Oscar-nominated actor has been accepted to the school's doctoral program in literature and creative writing with plans to enroll in September 2012.

The university says it selects 20 students every year from about 400 applicants.

The 33-year-old actor has also been studying in a doctoral program in English at Yale University.

Franco co-hosted the 83rd Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway in February.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.