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

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

List features Philip Rivers, Russell Wilson and more famous NCSU people. Go Wolfpack!

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

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Zach Galifianakis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Comedian, Pianist, Television producer Zachary Knight "Zach" Galifianakis is an American stand-up comedian and actor, known for his television appearance in his own Comedy Central Presents special. He also starred in films, ...more

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John Edwards is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Politician, Writer, Lawyer Johnny Reid "John" Edwards is an American politician, who served as a U.S. Senator from North Carolina. He was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 2004, and was a candidate ...more

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John Tesh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Film Score Composer, Journalist, Pianist John Frank Tesh is an American pianist and composer of pop music, as well as a radio host and television presenter. His ten-year-old "Intelligence for Your Life" radio show reaches ...more

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Dean Kamen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor Dean L. Kamen is an American entrepreneur and inventor from New Hampshire. Born on Long Island, New York, he attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute, but dropped out before graduating after ...more

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Russell Wilson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Athlete, American football player Russell Carrington Wilson is an American football quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. Wilson was selected by the Seahawks with the 12th pick in the third round ...more

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Anthony James Barr is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Software Engineer, Entrepreneur, Inventor Anthony James Barr, aka Tony Barr or Jim Barr is an American programming language designer, software engineer, and inventor. Among his notable contributions are the Statistical Analysis System, ...more

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Tim Kirkman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Screenwriter, Film Director Writer and director Tim Kirkman was born in Monroe, North Carolina, the third child of a public school educator and a music teacher, and spent his childhood in nearby Wingate, North Carolina. He ...more

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Jill Wagner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Model, Actor Jill Suzanne Wagner is an American television actress, model, and game show personality. She has been a co-host for the ABC summer reality show Wipeout since 2008.

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Philip Rivers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
American football player Philip Michael Rivers is an American football quarterback for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League. Rivers was drafted in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft with the ...more

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James Goodnight is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Businessperson, Software Engineer, Entrepreneur James Howard Goodnight is a businessman and software programmer. He co-founded SAS Institute as a faculty member of North Carolina State University in 1976. Since then he has been the CEO for ...more

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Scotty McCreery is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Singer Scott Cooke "Scotty" McCreery is an American country music singer. He won the tenth season of American Idol on May 25, 2011. His debut studio album, Clear as Day, was released in ...more

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Torry Holt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
American football player Torry Jabar Holt is a former American college and professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League for eleven seasons. He was named to the Pro Bowl seven ...more

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Raymond T. Odierno is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
General Raymond T. "Ray" Odierno is a United States Army general and the 38th and current Chief of Staff of the Army. General Odierno most recently commanded United States Joint Forces ...more

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Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Basketball player Anthony Jerome "Spud" Webb is a retired American NBA professional basketball point guard. Webb is notable for winning a slam dunk contest despite being one of the shortest players in ...more

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Jim Hunt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Politician, Farmer, Lawyer James Baxter "Jim" Hunt, Jr. is an American politician who was the 69th and 71st Governor of North Carolina. He is the longest-serving governor in the state's history. Hunt is tied for ...more

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Jerricho Cotchery is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
American football player Jerricho Cotchery is an American football wide receiver in the National Football League. He played for the Carolina Panthers, the New York Jets and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college ...more

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Nate McMillan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Basketball player, Coach Nathaniel McMillan (born August 3, 1964) is an American basketball coach and former player who is currently the head coach for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He ...more

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Adrian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
American football player Adrian Lemar Wilson is an American football safety who is currently a free agent. He played college football for North Carolina State University. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the ...more

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Mario Williams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
American football player Mario Jerrel Williams is an American football defensive end for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. He played college football for North Carolina State University. Williams was ...more

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Rajendra K. Pachauri is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Professor, Scientist, Economist Dr. Rajendra K Pachauri is the Director-General of TERI (Tata Energy Research Institute). He is an internationally recognized figure in energy and sustainable development, having served on ...more

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Chris Dieterich is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
American football player Christian Jeffrey Dieterich is a retired American football player who played his entire career with the Detroit Lions from 1980 to 1986. Rookie 1980 Left Tackle

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John David Hayworth, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Politician, Journalist John David "J. D." Hayworth, Jr. is an American politician who served as a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 2007 from Arizona's 5th ...more

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Patrick McHenry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Politician Patrick Timothy McHenry is the U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 10th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party. He previously was a member of the North Carolina ...more

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Robert Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Spokesperson, Strategist, Political Consultant Robert Lane Gibbs is an American political advisor and commentator who served as the 28th White House Press Secretary during the first term of Barack Obama's presidency. Gibbs has worked with ...more

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James Owens is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Businessperson James W. Owens is an American economist and manufacturing executive. He is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Caterpillar Inc., the world's largest manufacturer of construction ...more

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Jackie Moreland is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Engineer Jack Wade Moreland, also known as Jackie Moreland, was an American basketball player for the Detroit Pistons and the former New Orleans Buccaneers.

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Cullen Jones is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Motivational speaker, Swimmer Cullen Andrew Jones is an American competition swimmer and Olympic gold medalist who specializes in freestyle sprint events. As part of the American team, he holds the world record in the ...more

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Damien Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Basketball player Damien Lamont Wilkins is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League. He is the son of retired 13-year NBA veteran Gerald ...more

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Wes Jackson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Agronomist, Author Wes Jackson is the founder and current president of The Land Institute. He is also a member of the World Future Council.

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Michael Binger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Michael W. Binger is a part-time professional poker player, based in Atherton, California. He has a brother, Nick Binger, who also has several high-profile tournament cashes. Binger graduated ...more

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Vinny Del Negro is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Basketball player, Coach Vincent Joseph "Vinny" Del Negro is a retired American basketball player. He was the head coach of the NBA's Chicago Bulls from 2008 until 2010, and the Los Angeles Clippers from 2010 ...more

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Sean Locklear is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
American football player Sean Hillary Locklear is an American football offensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college ...more

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Stephen Tulloch is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
American football player Stephen Michael Tulloch is an American football linebacker for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL ...more

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Brian Williams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
American football player Brian Williams is a former American football cornerback. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at North Carolina State. He ...more

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Marcus Hudson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
American football player Marcus Hudson is a former American football defensive back. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at North Carolina

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JJ Hickson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Basketball player James Edward "JJ" Hickson, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association. He played one season of ...more

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Dewayne Washington is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Dewayne Washington American football player Dewayne Neron Washington is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League. He played for the Minnesota Vikings, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the ...more

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Tom Gugliotta is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Basketball player Thomas James Gugliotta is a former American professional basketball player.

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Bill Cowher is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
American Football coach, Coach, Actor William Laird "Bill" Cowher is a former professional American football coach and player in the National Football League. In Cowher's 15 seasons as head coach of the Pittsburgh ...more

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Tab Ramos is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Coach Tabaré Ramos Ricciardi, known as Tab Ramos is a retired American soccer player who currently serves as head coach of the United States U-20 team. Over this thirteen-year professional ...more

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Ernest M. Eller is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Ernest McNeill Eller was a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy, who served as Director of Naval History, Naval History Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations from 1956 to 1970.

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Pablo Mastroeni is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Pablo Mastroeni is a retired American soccer player and current head coach of the Colorado Rapids.

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Roman Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Actor, American football player Roman Ildonzo Gabriel, Jr. is a former American football player. The son of a Filipino immigrant, he was the first Asian-American to start as an NFL quarterback and is considered by many to have ...more

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Alvis Whitted is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Alvis Whitted American football player Alvis James Whitted is a former American football player, who now coaches wide receivers for the Colorado State Rams.

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Thurl Bailey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Basketball player Thurl Lee Bailey is an American retired professional basketball player whose NBA career spanned from 1983 to 1999 with the Utah Jazz and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Hugh Shelton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Military Officer General Henry Hugh Shelton is a retired American career military officer of the United States Army. He served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1997 to 2001.

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Michael Gracz is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Maciek Gracz is a Polish professional poker player, based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Gracz learned poker from his father and played regularly whilst studying at North Carolina State University. ...more

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Sidney Lowe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Basketball Coach, Basketball player, Coach Sidney Rochell Lowe is an American basketball coach and is currently an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA. He is a former NBA player and head coach, and has served as ...more

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Andrew Brackman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni
Baseball player Andrew Warren Brackman is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He signed a four-year, $4.55 million-dollar deal with $3.35-million signing bonus as the New York Yankees' first-round ...more

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Tim Kientzle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous North Carolina State University Alumni