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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 ('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