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List Rules 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, Law professor

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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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Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni
Jake Gyllenhaal Film Producer, Actor

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni
Joseph Gordon-Levitt 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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Stanley Kubrick is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni
Stanley Kubrick Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer

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Anthony Perkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni
Anthony Perkins 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

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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

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Rajnesh Domalpalli is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni
Rajnesh Domalpalli 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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Robert J. Darnall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni

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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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Raymond Burr is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni
Raymond Burr Television director, Actor, Teacher

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Hunter S. Thompson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni
Hunter S. Thompson Journalist, Novelist, Author

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James F. Albaugh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni

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Rachel Williams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni
Rachel Williams 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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Famke Janssen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni
Famke Janssen Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter

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David Rockefeller is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni
David Rockefeller Statesman, Businessperson, Banker

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

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

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Terrence F Blaschke is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni

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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

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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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Andrew J. Kaslow is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni

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Edwin Howard Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni
Edwin Howard Armstrong Inventor, Electrical engineer, Engineer

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James Cagney is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni
James Cagney Actor, Dancer

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Abdel Wahab El-Messiri is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni
Abdel Wahab El-Messiri Writer, Philosopher

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Greg Giraldo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni
Greg Giraldo 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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Jim Carroll is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni
Jim Carroll Poet, Novelist, Author

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Abraham Nemeth is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni
Abraham Nemeth Mathematician, Scientist

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Langston Hughes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni
Langston Hughes Poet, Novelist, Lyricist

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Ben Stein is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni
Ben Stein Commentator, Financial adviser, Author

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Howard Zinn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni
Howard Zinn Historian, Author, Writer

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Jane Seymour is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni
Jane Seymour Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

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Geraldo Rivera is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni
Geraldo Rivera Talk show host, Journalist, Police officer

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Amelia Earhart is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni
Amelia Earhart Pilot, Writer

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Tony Kushner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni
Tony Kushner Screenwriter, Author, Writer

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Ruth Westheimer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni

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

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Joan Caulfield is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni

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Will Geer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Columbia University Alumni
Will Geer Actor, Singer, Botanist