Famous Columbia University Alumni People

Famous Columbia University Alumni

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List Criteria: People on this list must have gone to Columbia University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Columbia University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Columbia University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Columbia University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Columbia University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Columbia University.

This list includes Barack Obama, Alicia Keys and more notable Columbia alumni and famous Columbia Lions.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Columbia University?” and “Which celebrities are Columbia University alumni?”
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    Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni

    Barack Obama Politician, Author, Writer

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    J. D. Salinger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni

    J. D. Salinger Soldier, Novelist, Writer

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    Katie Holmes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni

    Katie Holmes Model, Actor

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    Film Producer, Actor

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    Theatrical producer, Entrepreneur, Film Producer

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    Anna Paquin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni

    Anna Paquin Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

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    Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer

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    Musician, Actor, Singer

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    Amanda Peet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni

    Amanda Peet Actor, Voice acting

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    Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni

    Alicia Keys Record producer, Pianist, Musician

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    Alan Greenspan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni

    Alan Greenspan Businessperson, Politician, Scientist

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    Maggie Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni

    Maggie Gyllenhaal Actor

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    Allen Ginsberg is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni

    Allen Ginsberg Film Score Composer, Poet, Screenwriter

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    Joe Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni

    Joe Horowitz

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    Screenwriter, Film Editor, Film Director

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    Julia Stiles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni

    Julia Stiles Television director, Screenwriter, Actor

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    Jenna Morasca is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni

    Jenna Morasca Wrestler, Model, Actor

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    Television director, Actor, Teacher

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    Journalist, Novelist, Author

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    Model, Actor, Presenter

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    Emmy Rossum is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni

    Emmy Rossum Songwriter, Actor, Singer

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    Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter

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    Statesman, Businessperson, Banker

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    Fred P. Hochberg is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni

    Fred P. Hochberg

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    Douglas H. Mccorkindale is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni

    Douglas H. Mccorkindale

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    Paul Robeson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni

    Paul Robeson Actor, Athlete, Singer

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    Randal Quarles is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni

    Randal Quarles

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    B. R. Ambedkar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni

    B. R. Ambedkar Anthropologist, Politician, Historian

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    Inventor, Electrical engineer, Engineer

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    Actor, Dancer

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    Writer, Philosopher

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    Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter

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    Rachel Nichols is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni

    Rachel Nichols Film Producer, Model, Actor

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    Poet, Novelist, Author

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    Mathematician, Scientist

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    Poet, Novelist, Lyricist

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    Commentator, Financial adviser, Author

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    Historian, Author, Writer

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    Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

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    Talk show host, Journalist, Police officer

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    Pilot, Writer

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    Screenwriter, Author, Writer

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    Ada Deer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni

    Ada Deer

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    Actor, Singer, Botanist

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