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

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

Examples of graduates on this list include John Cassavetes and Bob Balaban.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Colgate University?” and “Which celebrities are Colgate University alumni?”
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John Cassavetes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter
John Nicholas Cassavetes was an American actor, film director and screenwriter. Cassavetes was a pioneer of American independent film, by writing and directing over a dozen movies, some of which ...more
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Charles Evans Hughes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Judge, Politician, Lawyer
Charles Evans Hughes Sr. was an American statesman, lawyer and Republican politician from New York. He served as the 36th Governor of New York, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the ...more
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Andy Rooney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Commentator, Journalist, Writer
Andrew Aitken "Andy" Rooney was an American radio and television writer. He was best known for his weekly broadcast "A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney," a part of the CBS News ...more
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Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Politician
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. was a Baptist pastor and an American politician, who represented Harlem, New York City, in the United States House of Representatives. He was the first person from New ...more
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Cris Kobryn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Computer scientist
Cris Kobryn is an American technologist, system architect and entrepreneur who specializes in advanced software and systems development.
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Kevin Heffernan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter
Kevin Heffernan is an American actor, writer, producer, and director, and member of the Broken Lizard comedy group.
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John Dean is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Author, Lawyer
John Wesley Dean III served as White House Counsel for United States President Richard Nixon from July 1970 until April 1973. In this position, he became deeply involved in events leading up to ...more
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Harry Emerson Fosdick is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Preacher
"Harry Emerson Fosdick" was an American pastor. Fosdick became a central figure in the "Fundamentalist-Modernist Controversy" within American Protestantism in the 1920s and ...more
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Ben Cohen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur
Bennett "Ben" Cohen is an American businessman, activist, and philanthropist. He is a co-founder of the ice cream company Ben & Jerry's.
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Chase Carey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Businessperson
Chase Carey is the President and Chief Operating Officer of 21st Century Fox, a major international media conglomerate.
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Tom Dine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Tom Dine is the senior policy advisor at Israel Policy Forum, assisting with policy, programming, and development decision-making in the Washington office. Dine had served as chief executive ...more
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J. Darius Bikoff is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Businessperson
John Darius Bikoff is an American entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Energy Brands. He was born to an American father and an Iranian mother. In 2007, Bikoff sold Energy Brands to The Coca-Cola ...more
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Bob Balaban is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter
Robert Elmer "Bob" Balaban is an American actor, author, producer, and director.
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Bob Woodruff is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Journalist, Newsreader
Robert Warren "Bob" Woodruff is an American television journalist. His career in journalism dates back to 1989, and he is widely known for succeeding Peter Jennings as co-anchor of ABC ...more
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Jay Chandrasekhar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Television director, Comedian, Film Producer
Jayanth Jambulingam "Jay" Chandrasekhar is an American actor, comedian, writer, and director best known for his work with the sketch comedy group Broken Lizard and for directing and ...more
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Monica Crowley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Author, Presenter
Monica Crowley is an American conservative political commentator, talk radio personality, and author. She is probably best known for her appearances on Fox News. She is also an occasional ...more
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Andrew Hill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Jazz Pianist, Pianist, Sideman
Andrew Hill was an American jazz pianist and composer. Jazz critic John Fordham described Hill as a "uniquely gifted composer, pianist and educator" although "his status remained ...more
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Kevin Phillips is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Commentator, Author, Strategist
Kevin Price Phillips is an American writer and commentator on politics, economics, and history. Formerly a Republican Party strategist before becoming an Independent, Phillips became disaffected ...more
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Ken Blanchard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Businessperson, Manager, Author
Kenneth Hartley Blanchard is an American author and management expert. His book The One Minute Manager has sold over 13 million copies and has been translated into 37 languages. He has ...more
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Peter C. Browning is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Businessperson
Peter C. Browning has been a board member of Wachovia since 2001. He is the lead director of Nucor Corporation, a steel products manufacturing company in Charlotte, N.C.
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William Valentine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Missionary, Minister of religion
William Orison Valentine was an innovative educator and missionary in service of the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society who established and served as first president of Jaro Industrial ...more
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Howard Fineman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Editor, Journalist
'Howard Fineman is an American journalist who is editorial director of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group. Prior to his move to Huffington Post in October 2010, he was Newsweeks Chief Political ...more
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Mike Milbury is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Coach, Sports commentator
Michael James Milbury is an American sportscaster currently working as an ice hockey analyst for the New England Sports Network, Hockey Night in Canada and the NHL on NBC. He played twelve ...more
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John P. Arle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Businessperson
John P. Arle, is a vice president of Delphi Corporation and treasurer. He is also a member of the Delphi Strategy Board, the company's top policy-making group.
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Michael A. Hiltzik is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Colgate University Alumni
Journalist, Editing, Author
Michael A. Hiltzik is a Pulitzer-prize winning writer.