Oscar-nominated actor James Franco is looking for another accolade: Ph.D.
A University of Houston official said on Thursday that Franco has been accepted for the doctoral program in literature and creative writing.
J. Kastely, director of the creative writing program, said Franco plans to enroll in September 2012.
Only 20 people are admitted to the graduate program each year, chosen from about 400 applicants, Kastely said. Half of those are in the doctoral program.
Franco’s soon-to-be status was first reported on Wednesday by Burn Down Blog, which linked to a newsletter for the creative writing program that listed Franco as among incoming students for fall 2011.
Kastely said the actor originally planned to enroll then but has asked to defer for a year.
Franco, who turned 33 earlier this week, hosted the 83rd Academy Awards with actress Anne Hathaway in February.
Reviews of that performance were mixed, but he was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of hiker Aron Ralston in the 2010 film 127 Hours.
He’s probably best-known for his role as Harry Osborn in the Spiderman trilogy. But last fall, he published Palo Alto: Stories, a book of short stories named for the California city where he was raised.
Kastely said UH accepts graduate students based on a writing sample, letters of recommendation and a personal statement. Doctoral students also must submit “a strong piece of critical writing,” to demonstrate scholarly abilities, he said.
Article written and provided by JEANNIE KEVER, HOUSTON CHRONICLE