Serena Williams’ Educational Background: Did the Tennis Legend Go to College?

Published 03/07/2021, 11:30 AM EST
Serena Williams of The United States celebrates victory during her ladies singles first round match against Kurumi Nara of Japan during Day five of the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros in Paris, France. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)


Every tennis fan is well-versed with American professional Serena Williams and her list of records and accolades. But how many know about her educational background in a similar fashion? Only a handful.

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Regardless, many also believe that the 23-time Grand Slam champion never went to college. Considering that she turned professional at 15, this fits right into her story. However, instead of speculation, let’s find out what is correct step by step.

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Where did Serena go to school?

Serena Williams started playing tennis at the age of 3, and it was even since the ultimate goal of her life. It was the same thing for her elder sister Venus Williams.

Serena Williams of The United States is congratulated by her sister and opponent Venus Williams of The United States following their ladies singles third round match on Day Five of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Therefore, their father, Richard Williams, decided to homeschool both of them and invest them entirely in the sport. He was also their primary coach of tennis until esteemed coach Rick Macci came into the picture.

However, soon after, the Williams sisters took admission in Driftwood Academy, a private school in Florida. Serena graduated from high school the same year she won her first Grand Slam title, the 1999 US Open.

Further ahead in life, the sisters hardly did anything apart from each other. Most importantly, they collectively lifted the sport to an unprecedented height.

Now that we know that they went through standard schooling, it is time to learn if they went to college.

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Did Serena Williams go to college?

The answer is yes. Serena Williams went to college at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Florida; she studied fashion there. In fact, she even dragged Venus with her.

Serena Williams (L) and Venus Williams touch rackets after Serena Williams defeated Venus Williams 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 during Top Seed Open – Day 4 at the Top Seed Tennis Club on August 13, 2020, in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

After that, the future-mother of Olympia Jr. enrolled in Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst for Business Management. But later on, she changed her major to Pre-Med.

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Her subjects in Pre-Med were nutrition and holistic medicine. Conversely, Venus launched a plant-based diet company, Happy Viking, and a fashion company called ElevenbyVenus.

On the other hand, Serena founded a fashion company S by Serena, an investment firm, with many small other investments on the side. Apart from business and tennis, the Williams sisters are both vegan and inspiring role models for millions.

Above all, Serena and Venus still venture on passionately in their respective careers. Also, their lives have set an example for the world even outside tennis.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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