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

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

Examples of graduates on this list: Rick Santorum, Franco Harris and more.

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

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Patricia A. Woertz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Patricia A. Woertz Certified Public Accountant, Businessperson Patricia A. Woertz is the present Chairman and CEO of food and ethanol giant Archer Daniels Midland. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in ...more

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Guion Bluford is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Guion Bluford Pilot, Astronaut Dr. Guion Stewart “Guy” Bluford, Jr., is an engineer, NASA astronaut, and the first African American in space. Before becoming an astronaut, Bluford was a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. He ...more

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Chip Kidd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Chip Kidd Editor, Musician, Author Chip Kidd is an American author, editor, and graphic designer, best known for his book covers.

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Jonathan Frakes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Jonathan Frakes Television director, Television producer, Author Jonathan Scott Frakes is an American actor, author, and director. Frakes is best known for his portrayal of Commander William T. Riker in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and ...more

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John Amaechi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
John Amaechi Basketball player, Athlete John Uzoma Ekwugha Amaechi, OBE is an English retired basketball player who currently works as an educator and broadcaster in Europe and the United States. In February 2007, after his retirement ...more

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Pia Reyes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Pia Reyes Actor Pia Reyes is a Filipino American model and actress. She was the November 1988 Playboy Playmate of the Month.

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Courtney Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Courtney Brown American football player Courtney Lanair Brown is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive end in the National Football League for seven seasons. He played college football for Penn ...more

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David Bohm is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
David Bohm Physicist, Scientist, Philosopher David Joseph Bohm FRS was an American scientist who has been described as one of the most significant theoretical physicists of the 20th century and who contributed innovative and unorthodox ...more

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Bruce Davison is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Bruce Davison Television director, Actor, Film Director Bruce Davison is an American actor and director. Davison is well known for his Academy Award nominated performance in Longtime Companion, which also awarded him a Golden Globe. Davison has also ...more

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Diane Whipple is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Diane Whipple Diane Alexis Whipple was a lacrosse player and coach, who is best known as the victim of a fatal dog attack in San Francisco in January 2001. The dogs involved were two Presa Canario dogs named ...more

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Donald Bellisario is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Donald Bellisario Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter Donald Paul Bellisario is an American television producer and screenwriter who created and sometimes wrote episodes for the TV series Magnum, P.I., Airwolf, Quantum Leap, JAG, and NCIS. He has ...more

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Ty Burrell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Ty Burrell Businessperson, Comedian, Actor Tyler Gerald "Ty" Burrell is an American actor and comedian who is known for his role as Phil Dunphy in the ABC comedy Modern Family, for which he has won the Primetime Emmy Award for ...more

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Lex Luger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Lex Luger Wrestler, American football player Lawrence Wendell "Larry" Pfohl better known by his ring name, Lex Luger, is an American retired professional wrestler, television producer and football player currently working with ...more

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David Macklin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
David Macklin American football player David Thurman Macklin is a former American football cornerback. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at Penn State. ...more

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Richard Trumka is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Richard Trumka Politician Richard Louis Trumka is an organized labor leader in the United States. He was elected President of the AFL-CIO on September 16, 2009, at the labor federation's convention in Pittsburgh, ...more

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Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Rosey Grier Actor, Singer, Minister of religion Roosevelt "Rosey" Grier is an American actor, singer, Christian minister, and former professional American football player. He was a notable college football player for The ...more

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Barbara Harbach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Barbara Harbach Professor, Harpsichordist, Composer Barbara Harbach is a composer, harpsichordist, organist and teacher. Since 2004, she has been Professor of Music at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She founded Women in the Arts-St. Louis ...more

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Ben Cohen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Ben Cohen 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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Richard T. James is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Richard T. James Inventor Richard Thompson James, born January 1, 1914, was a naval engineer. He invented a spring toy, named Slinky by his wife Betty, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the early to mid-1940s.

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Jerry Sandusky is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Jerry Sandusky American Football coach, Coach Gerald Arthur "Jerry" Sandusky is a retired American football coach and convicted serial child molester. Sandusky served as an assistant coach for his entire career, mostly at ...more

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Roland G. Fryer, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Roland G. Fryer, Jr. Economist Roland Gerhard Fryer, Jr. is an American economist and the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University. He also maintains offices at the National Bureau of Economic Research and W. E. ...more

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Patrick Fabian is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Patrick Fabian Actor Patrick Fabian is an American actor of film, stage and television, best known for his frequent guest star roles on episodic television.

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Robert Witt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Robert Witt Robert E. Witt is chancellor of the University of Alabama System, as of March 5, 2012. His experience includes 9 years as president of the University of Alabama, 35 years in the University of ...more

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Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Immortal Technique Master of Ceremonies, Rapper, Social activist Felipe Andres Coronel, better known by the stage name Immortal Technique, is an American rapper and urban activist. Most of his lyrics focus on controversial issues in global politics. The views ...more

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Scott Hazelcorn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Scott Hazelcorn Scott Hazelcorn ('Haze'), was born in Brooklyn, New York on Aug. 14, 1972, and was raised in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. After graduating from Penn State University in 1994, Scott joined ...more

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Paul J. Weitz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Paul J. Weitz Pilot, Astronaut Paul Joseph Weitz is a retired United States Navy pilot and former NASA astronaut, who flew into space twice. He was a member of the three-man crew who flew on Skylab 2, the first manned Skylab ...more

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David Aardsma is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
David Aardsma Baseball player David Allan Aardsma is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. He has played in Major League Baseball for the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, ...more

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Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Larry Johnson American football player Larry Alphonso Johnson, Jr. is a former American football running back in the National Football League. He played college football for Penn State University, and was recognized as a unanimous ...more

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Allison Baver is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Allison Baver Short Track Speed Skater, Athlete Allison Baver is an American short track speed skater. Baver trains with the US permanent winter sports Olympic team, in Salt Lake City, Utah. In the 2005-2006 season, she was ranked third ...more

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Steve McCurry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Steve McCurry Journalist, Photojournalist, Photographer Steve McCurry is an American editorial photographer best known for his photograph "Afghan Girl" which was originally appeared in National Geographic magazine.

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Jef Raskin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Jef Raskin Computer scientist, Scientist, Writer Jef Raskin was an American human–computer interface expert best known for conceiving and starting the Macintosh project for Apple in the late 1970s.

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James A. Pawelczyk is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
James A. Pawelczyk Professor, Astronaut James Anthony "Jim" Pawelczyk is an American researcher of physiology and Kinesiology who flew aboard the NASA STS-90 Space Shuttle mission as a Payload Specialist.

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Bryant Johnson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Bryant Johnson American football player Bryant Andrew Johnson is a former American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals 17th overall in the 2003 NFL Draft and also ...more

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John Friedlander is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
John Friedlander Mathematician, Educator, Lecturer John Friedlander is a Canadian mathematician specializing in analytic number theory. He received his B.Sc. from the University of Toronto in 1965, ammmn M.A. from the University of Waterloo in ...more

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Robbie Gould is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Robbie Gould American football player Robert Paul "Robbie" Gould III is an American football placekicker for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He was originally signed by the New England Patriots as an ...more

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John E. Peterson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
John E. Peterson Politician, Grocer John E. Peterson is a Republican politician from the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. From 1997 - 2009, he represented the state's mainly rural and largely Republican 5th Congressional district in ...more

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Kenny Watson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Kenny Watson American football player Kenneth Dwight Watson is a former American football running back. He was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2001. He played college football at Penn State. Watson ...more

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Tamba Hali is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Tamba Hali American football player Tamba Boimah Hali is a Liberian-born American football outside linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Chiefs in the first round of the 2006 ...more

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Edward S. Epstein is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Edward S. Epstein Meteorologist Born April 29, 1931, Edward S. Epstein is one of the world's leading experts on statistical meteorology and climatology. His research career began in the mid-1950s when he worked at the Air ...more

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John Aniston is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
John Aniston Actor John Anthony Aniston is a Greek-American actor. He is best known for his role as Victor Kiriakis on the NBC daytime drama Days of Our Lives, which he originated in July 1985 and has played ...more

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Bryan Scott is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Bryan Scott American football player Bryan Anderson Scott is an American football linebacker. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Penn State University. He ...more

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Danny Balin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Danny Balin Professional golfer

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Kyle Brady is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Kyle Brady American football player Kyle James Brady is a former professional American football player. He played tight end for 13 seasons in the National Football League for the New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars and New England ...more

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Louise K. Goeser is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Louise K. Goeser Businessperson Louise Goeser is a Ford Motor Company vice president and president and CEO, Ford of Mexico.

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Anthony Adams is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Anthony Adams American football player Anthony Adams nicknamed Spice is a former American football defensive tackle. After playing college football for Penn State, he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the ...more

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Richard G Searer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Richard G Searer Businessperson Richard Searer is President, Kraft North America, Kraft Foods Inc., with responsibility for strategic direction, management and coordination of Krafts businesses in the United States and

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Matt Millen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Matt Millen Commentator, American football player Matthew George "Matt" Millen is an American former National Football League linebacker and a former executive. Millen played for the Oakland Raiders, the San Francisco 49ers and the ...more

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Michelle Grossman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Michelle Grossman TV Meteorologist, Meteorologist Meteorologist ' ' ' Michelle Grossman' ' ' joined NBC 10 "EarthWatch" team on January 28, 2008, Prior to joining NBC 10, Grossman worked for NBC Weather Plus in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, ...more

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Paul Berg is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Paul Berg Chemist, Scientist Paul Berg is an American biochemist and professor emeritus at Stanford University. He was the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1980, along with Walter Gilbert and Frederick Sanger. ...more

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Richie Anderson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Pennsylvania State University Alumni
Richie Anderson Coach, American football player Richard Darnell Anderson is a former American football Fullback who played 13 seasons in the National Football League for the New York Jets from 1994–2002 and the Dallas Cowboys from 2003-2004. ...more