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

This list contains graduates like Sara Jean Underwood and Chad Ochocinco.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Oregon State University?” and “Which celebrities are Oregon State University alumni?”
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Linus Pauling is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Oregon State University Alumni
Biochemist, Physicist, Chemist
Linus Carl Pauling was an American chemist, biochemist, peace activist, author, and educator. He was one of the most influential chemists in history and ranks among the most important scientists ...more
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Sara Jean Underwood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Oregon State University Alumni
Model, Actor
Sara Jean Underwood is an American model and actress who was chosen as the Playmate of the Month for the July 2006 issue of Playboy magazine and later became Playmate of the Year in 2007. She is ...more
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Jodi Ann Paterson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Oregon State University Alumni
Jodi Ann Paterson Nude Glamour Model, Model, Actor
Jodi Ann Paterson is an American model, actress and former beauty queen. She competed in the Miss Teen USA competition as Miss Oregon Teen USA in 1994. She is Playboy '​s Playmate for October ...more
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Douglas Engelbart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Oregon State University Alumni
Inventor, Engineer
Douglas Carl Engelbart was an American engineer and inventor, and an early computer and Internet pioneer. He is best known for his work on the challenges of human–computer interaction, ...more
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Esera Tuaolo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Oregon State University Alumni
American football player
Esera Tavai Tuaolo is a former American professional football player. He was a defensive tackle in the National Football League for nine years.
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Joe Phillips is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Oregon State University Alumni
American football player
Joseph Gordon Phillips is a former professional American football defensive tackle who played fourteen seasons in the National Football League. After his football career he became an attorney ...more
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Donald Pettit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Oregon State University Alumni
Chemical engineer, Astronaut
Donald Roy Pettit is an American chemical engineer and a NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of two long-duration stays aboard the International Space Station, one space shuttle mission and a ...more
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Ann Kiessling is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Oregon State University Alumni
Inventor, Scientist
Ann A. Kiessling is an American reproductive biologist and one of the leaders in human parthenogenic stem cell research at The Bedford Stem Cell Research Foundation. She was an Associate ...more
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William Oefelein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Oregon State University Alumni
Pilot, Astronaut
William Anthony "Bill" Oefelein is an American businessman and a former test pilot instructor, naval officer and NASA astronaut who, on his only spaceflight, piloted the STS-116 Space ...more
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Katherine Ann Power is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Oregon State University Alumni
Katherine Ann Power is an American ex-convict and long-time fugitive, who along with her fellow student and accomplice Susan Edith Saxe, was placed on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Most ...more
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Matt Moore is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Oregon State University Alumni
Coach, American football player
Matthew Erickson Moore (born August 9, 1984) is an American football quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted ...more
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Jennifer Lyon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Oregon State University Alumni
Photographer
Jennifer "Jenn" Jane Lyon was one of the competitors in Survivor: Palau. She finished fourth in the competition.
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John Ensign is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Oregon State University Alumni
Politician, Veterinarian
John Eric Ensign is an American veterinary physician and former politician. He was a United States Senator from Nevada, serving from January 2001 until he resigned amid an investigation of an ...more
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Art Barr is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Oregon State University Alumni
Wrestler
Arthur Leon "Art" Barr was an American professional wrestler. While he wrestled briefly for World Championship Wrestling, he found his greatest success in Mexico's Asistencia ...more
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Paul Hugh Emmett is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Oregon State University Alumni
Scientist, Engineer
Paul Hugh Emmett was an American chemical engineer.
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Kevin Hagen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Oregon State University Alumni
Actor, Playwright
Kevin Hagen was an American actor best known for his role as Dr. Hiram Baker on NBC's Little House on the Prairie.
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Lisa Jackson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Oregon State University Alumni
Susan Lisa Jackson is a best-selling American author of over 75 romance novels and romantic suspense novels.
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Terry Baker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Oregon State University Alumni
American football player
Terry Wayne Baker is a former American football and basketball player. He played college football and college basketball at the Oregon State University. He played as a quarterback for the Oregon ...more
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Chad Ochocinco is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Oregon State University Alumni
Athlete, American football player
Chad Javon Johnson, formerly Chad Ochocinco, is a gridiron football wide receiver for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He played college football for both Santa Monica ...more
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Jen-Hsun Huang is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Oregon State University Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur
Jen-Hsun Huang is a Taiwanese-American entrepreneur and businessman. He co-founded the graphics-processor company Nvidia and serves as its president and CEO. Huang graduated from Oregon State ...more
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Paul Peek is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Oregon State University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
Paul Peek was an American attorney, Democratic politician and jurist. Peek practiced law in southern California prior to his election in 1936 to the California Assembly, where he served as ...more
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Frits Bolkestein is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Oregon State University Alumni
Politician
Frederik "Frits" Bolkestein is a retired Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy. He served as a Member of the House of Representatives from 16 January 1978, ...more
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James Withycombe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Oregon State University Alumni
Farmer
James Withycombe was an American politician, a Republican, and the 15th Governor of Oregon.
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Matt Bryant is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Oregon State University Alumni
American football player
Steven Matt Bryant is an American football placekicker for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. He was signed by the Frankfurt Galaxy as a street free agent in 2002. He played ...more
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Katharine Jefferts Schori is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Oregon State University Alumni
Katharine Jefferts Schori is the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States. Previously elected as the 9th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada, she is the first ...more