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Famous North Carolina State University Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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?”

Take a look at this list of famous NC State alumni!
  • Zach Galifianakis1

    Zach Galifianakis

    Comedian, Pianist


    BirthplaceWilkesboro, North Carolina, USA

    Zachary Knight Galifianakis (; born October 1, 1969) is an American actor, comedian, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • John Edwards2

    John Edwards

    Politician, Writer


    BirthplaceSeneca, South Carolina, United States of America

    Johnny Reid "John" Edwards (born June 10, 1953) is an American lawyer and former politician... more on Wikipedia

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    #2242 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time#41 of 57 Celebrities Who Were Caught Cheating

  • John Tesh3

    John Tesh

    Film Score Composer, Journalist


    BirthplaceGarden City, New York, USA

    John Frank Tesh (born July 9, 1952) is an American pianist and composer of pop music, as well... more on Wikipedia

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    #1 of 19 Famous People You Didn't Know Were On 'Star Trek: The Next Generation'#72 of 110 The Greatest Keytarists of All Time

  • Dean Kamen4

    Dean Kamen

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur


    BirthplaceRockville Centre, New York, United States of America

    Dean Lawrence Kamen (born April 5, 1951) is an American engineer, inventor, and businessman.... more on Wikipedia
  • Russell Wilson5

    Russell Wilson

    Athlete, American football player


    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    Russell Carrington Wilson (born November 29, 1988) is an American football quarterback for the... more on Wikipedia

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    #1565 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time#226 of 242 The Hottest Men Of 2019, Ranked

  • Anthony James Barr6

    Anthony James Barr

    Software Engineer, Entrepreneur


    BirthplaceNew York

    Anthony James Barr (born September 24, 1940), aka Tony Barr or Jim Barr, is an American ... more on Wikipedia
  • Tim Kirkman7

    Tim Kirkman

    Screenwriter, Film Director


    BirthplaceMonroe, North Carolina, United States of America

    Writer and director Tim Kirkman was born in Monroe, North Carolina, the third child of a... more on Wikipedia
  • Jill Wagner8

    Jill Wagner

    Model, Actor


    BirthplaceWinston-Salem, North Carolina, USA

    Jill Suzanne Wagner (born January 13, 1979) is an American film and television actress, model,... more on Wikipedia

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    #1 of 163 The Best Hallmark Channel Actresses#11 of 310 Hallmark Channel Actors and Actresses

  • Philip Rivers9

    Philip Rivers

    American football player


    BirthplaceDecatur, Alabama

    Philip Michael Rivers (born December 8, 1981) is an American football quarterback for the Los... more on Wikipedia

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    #22 of 252 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time#195 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever

  • James Goodnight10

    James Goodnight

    Businessperson, Software Engineer


    BirthplaceSalisbury, North Carolina

    James Howard Goodnight (born January 6, 1943) is an American billionaire businessman and... more on Wikipedia
  • Scotty McCreery11


    BirthplaceRaleigh, North Carolina, United States of America

    Scott Cooke McCreery (born October 9, 1993) is an American country music singer. He won the... more on WikipediaSpotify buy button

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    #8 of 135 The Best American Idol Contestants Ever#139 of 186 The Best Male Country Singers of All Time

  • Torry Holt12

    Torry Holt

    American football player


    BirthplaceGibsonville, North Carolina

    Torry Jabar Holt (born June 5, 1976) is a former professional American football player who was... more on Wikipedia

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    #26 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time#65 of 80 The Best NFL Player Nicknames

  • Raymond T. Odierno13
    Raymond Thomas "Ray" Odierno (; born 8 September 1954) is a retired four-star general of the... more on Wikipedia
  • Spud Webb14

    Spud Webb

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Anthony Jerome "Spud" Webb (born July 13, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball... more on Wikipedia

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    #36 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings#188 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

  • Jim Hunt15

    Jim Hunt

    Politician, Farmer


    BirthplaceWilson, North Carolina, United States of America

    James Baxter Hunt Jr. (born May 16, 1937) is a retired American politician who was the 69th... more on Wikipedia
  • Jerricho Cotchery16

    Jerricho Cotchery

    American football player


    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama

    Jerricho Cotchery (born June 16, 1982) is a former American football wide receiver who played... more on Wikipedia
  • Nate McMillan17

    Nate McMillan

    Basketball player, Coach


    BirthplaceRaleigh, North Carolina

    Nathaniel McMillan (born August 3, 1964) is an American basketball coach and former player who... more on Wikipedia
  • Adrian Wilson18

    Adrian Wilson

    American football player


    BirthplaceHigh Point, North Carolina

    Adrian Lemar Wilson (born on October 12, 1979) is a former American football safety. He played... more on Wikipedia
  • Mario Williams19

    Mario Williams

    American football player


    BirthplaceRichlands, North Carolina

    Mario Jerrel Williams (born January 31, 1985) is a former American football defensive end. He... more on Wikipedia
  • Rajendra K. Pachauri20

    Rajendra K. Pachauri

    Professor, Scientist


    BirthplaceNainital, India

    Rajendra Kumar Pachauri (born 20 August 1940) was the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel... more on Wikipedia
  • Chris Dieterich21

    Chris Dieterich

    American football player


    BirthplaceFreeport, New York

    Christian Jeffrey Dieterich (born July 27, 1958) is a retired American football player who... more on Wikipedia
  • John David Hayworth, Jr.22

    John David Hayworth, Jr.

    Politician, Journalist


    BirthplaceHigh Point, North Carolina, United States of America

    John David Hayworth Jr. (born July 12, 1958) is an American television host and former... more on Wikipedia
  • Patrick McHenry23

    Patrick McHenry



    BirthplaceGastonia, North Carolina, United States of America

    Patrick Timothy McHenry (born October 22, 1975) is the U.S. Representative for North... more on Wikipedia
  • Robert Gibbs24

    Robert Gibbs

    Spokesperson, Strategist


    BirthplaceAuburn, Alabama, United States of America

    Robert Lane Gibbs (born March 29, 1971) is an American communication expert who is the... more on Wikipedia
  • James Owens25

    James Owens



    BirthplaceElizabeth City, North Carolina

    James W. Owens is an American economist and manufacturing executive. He is the former chairman... more on Wikipedia