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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