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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Ball State University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Ball State University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Ball State University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Ball State University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Ball State 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 Ball State University.

List features David Letterman, Doug Jones and more famous Ball State alumni. 

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Ball State University?” and “Which celebrities are Ball State University alumni?”

Take a look at this list of BSU alumni. Go Cardinals!

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David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
David Letterman Talk show host, Announcer, Comedian David Michael Letterman is an American television host, comedian, writer, producer, and actor. He hosts the late night television talk show Late Show with David Letterman, broadcast on CBS. ...more

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John Schnatter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
John Schnatter Spokesperson, Businessperson, Entrepreneur John H. Schnatter is an American businessman and the founder, current CEO, and spokesman for Papa John's International, Inc. He founded the company in October 1984.

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Angela Ahrendts is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Angela Ahrendts Businessperson Angela is the current chief executive of British icon Burberry. She was chosen for this position in 2006. She was born in 1960 in New Palestine, Indiana. After graduating with a Bachelor of ...more

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Ray Boltz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Ray Boltz Singer-songwriter, Singer Raymond H. "Ray" Boltz is a singer-songwriter who first came to wide notice in contemporary Christian music. Many of his songs tell stories of faith and inspiration. Raised by his ...more

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Stedman Graham is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Stedman Graham Businessperson, Orator, Educator Stedman Graham, Jr. is an American educator, author, businessman and speaker, although he is primarily known as the partner of media mogul Oprah Winfrey. Graham and Winfrey were engaged to be ...more

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Joyce DeWitt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Joyce DeWitt Actor Joyce Anne DeWitt is an American actress most famous for playing Janet Wood on the ABC sitcom Three's Company.

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Daniel Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Daniel Baldwin Film Producer, Actor, Film Director Daniel Leroy Baldwin is an American actor, producer and director. He is the second eldest of the four Baldwin brothers, all of whom are actors, as well as part of the Baldwin family. Daniel ...more

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Brad Maynard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Brad Maynard American football player Bradley Alan Maynard is a former American football punter. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft, and has also been a member of the Chicago Bears, ...more

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Nicole Rash is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Nicole Rash Fashion Model Nicole Elizabeth Rash is an American model, actress. Pageant winner, Pageant Coach, and Writer. She is the 2007 winner of Miss Indiana, first runner-up to Miss America 2008 Kirsten Haglund., Ms. ...more

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Jim Davis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Jim Davis Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter James Robert "Jim" Davis is an American cartoonist, best known as the creator of the comic strips Garfield and U.S. Acres, the former of which has been published since 1978 and has ...more

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Bernie Parmalee is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Bernie Parmalee Coach, American football player Bernard "Bernie" Parmalee is the current running backs Coach for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. Parmalee played high school football at Lincoln High School in ...more

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Richard Mourdock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Richard Mourdock Geologist Richard Earl Mourdock was the 53rd treasurer of the state of Indiana, serving from February 10, 2007, to August 29, 2014. Running with the support of the Tea Party movement, he defeated six-term ...more

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Jeffrey J. Owens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Jeffrey J. Owens Businessperson Jeffrey J. Owens, is a vice president of Delphi Corporation and president of Delphi Electronics Safety. He also is responsible for regional coordination in Asia in addition to his divisional ...more

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Glen Mason is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Glen Mason American Football coach, Coach, American football player Glen O. Mason is a former American football player and coach. Mason served as the head football coach at Kent State University from 1986 to 1987, the University of Kansas from 1988 to 1996, and ...more

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Amanda Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Amanda Carpenter Amanda B. Carpenter is an American author, political advisor, and speechwriter. She previously worked as a columnist for The Washington Times, and is the author of The Vast Right-Wing ...more

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Timothy Braun is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Timothy Braun Writer Timothy Braun is an American author. he has published with the New York Times, Huffingtonpost, Daily Kos, and The Good Men Project, He has been a recipient of a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation ...more

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Kacy Andrews is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Kacy Andrews Film Producer Kacy Andrews is an American film producer and CEO of Bigfoot Entertainment.

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Anthony Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Anthony Montgomery Actor, Singer, Graphic Novelist Anthony D. Montgomery is an American film and television actor, as well as graphic novelist. He is best known for his portrayal of Ensign Travis Mayweather on the UPN science fiction television ...more

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James A. Spencer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
James A. Spencer Businessperson James A. Spencer is a vice president of Delphi Corporation and president, Delphi Packard Electrical/Electronic Architecture. He is responsible for regional coordination in South America and ...more

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Nate Davis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Nate Davis American football player Nate Charles Davis is an American football quarterback for the Amarillo Venom of Champions Indoor Football. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL draft. He ...more

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Bonzi Wells is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Bonzi Wells Basketball player Gawen DeAngelo "Bonzi" Wells is an American former professional basketball player. He played college basketball at Ball State University and was drafted in the 1998 NBA Draft. In the ...more

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Timothy Brown is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Timothy Brown Actor, American football player Thomas Allen Brown, known also as Timothy Brown and Timmy Brown, is a former professional American football player and actor.

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Doug Jones is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Doug Jones Actor, Voice acting, Contortionist Doug Jones is an American actor and former contortionist best known to science fiction, fantasy, and horror fans for his various roles playing non-human characters, often in heavy makeup, in ...more

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Scott Halberstadt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Scott Halberstadt Actor Scott Halberstadt is an American film and television actor best known for playing Eric in the Nickelodeon live-action sitcom Drake & Josh.

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Bryan Bullington is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Bryan Bullington Baseball player Bryan Paul Bullington is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball. He was the first overall pick of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft. ...more

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Cynda Williams is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Cynda Williams Actor, Singer Cynda Williams is an American television and film actress.

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Sutton Foster is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Sutton Foster Actor, Singer, Dancer Sutton Lenore Foster is an American actress, singer and dancer. Foster is best known for her work on the Broadway stage, for which she has received two Tony Awards for Best Performance by a ...more

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Blaine Bishop is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Blaine Bishop American football player Blaine Elwood Bishop Jr. III is a former professional American football safety in the National Football League. Bishop attended and played at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, IN. He then ...more

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Timothy Maude is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Timothy Maude Timothy Joseph "Tim" Maude was a United States Army officer who was killed in the September 11 attacks of 2001. Maude, a lieutenant general, was the highest ranking U.S. military ...more

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Jason Keller is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Jason Keller Screenwriter, Playwright Jason Keller is an American playwright and screenwriter. He has also been credited under the anagram pen name of Arnell Jesko.

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Jeffrey D. Feltman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Jeffrey D. Feltman Diplomat Jeffrey D. Feltman is an American diplomat and is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. As head of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs Feltman oversees ...more

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Bob Sheets is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Bob Sheets Robert Chester Sheets is a meteorologist who served as the director of the National Hurricane Center from 1987 to 1995. He was born in Marion, Indiana. He is well remembered for numerous ...more

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Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Sam Smith Writer Sam Smith is an NBA writer for the Chicago Bulls website bulls.com. He is the author of multiple articles and books, including The New York Times bestseller, The Jordan Rules.

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Brady Hoke is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Brady Hoke American Football coach, Coach Brady Patrick Hoke is an American football coach. He is the former head football coach of the Michigan Wolverines. He grew up in Ohio and attended Ball State University where he played ...more

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Bill Wallace is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Bill Wallace Actor, Martial artist William "Bill" Louis Wallace is an American martial artist who was a Professional Karate Association world full-contact karate champion. He was the Professional Karate Association ...more

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Claire Buffie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Claire Buffie Claire Buffie is an American photographer and designer and former beauty queen and childhood rainbow dancer who was selected as Miss New York 2010, she competed for the Miss America 2011 title, ...more

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Robert Brewster is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Robert Brewster Robert Brewster is a former American football offensive tackle. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football for Ball State

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Yung Ho Chang is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Yung Ho Chang Yung Ho Chang is a Chinese-American architect and Professor of MIT Architecture. He formerly served as the Head of the Department of Architecture at MIT. He studied at the Nanjing Institute of ...more

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Michelle Linn-Gust is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Michelle Linn-Gust Michelle Linn-Gust, born Michelle Linn, is an American author and speaker on coping with grief following suicide, especially that of siblings. As of 2014, she is the immediate Past President of ...more

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Sarah Robbins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Ball State University Alumni
Sarah Robbins Professor, Researcher, Writer Sarah "Intellagirl" Robbins (born 1975), also known as Intellagirl, is an American academic, researcher, and blog, best known for research and education in Second Life. Robbins grew up ...more