Famous Purdue University Alumni

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

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

List features graduates like Drew Brees, Neil Armstrong and other famous Boilermakers.

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

Take a look at these notable Purdue University alumni. These very famous Purdue alumn!
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  • Herman Cain
    Businessperson, Politician, Journalist
    • Age: 76
    • Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
    Herman Cain (December 13, 1945 – July 30, 2020) was an American business executive, syndicated columnist, and Tea Party activist. Cain grew up in Georgia and graduated from Morehouse College with a ...more
  • Drew Brees
    Athlete, American football player
    • Age: 43
    • Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States of America
    Drew Christopher Brees (; born January 15, 1979) is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). After a successful college football career at ...more
  • Jim Gaffigan
    Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer
    • Age: 56
    • Birthplace: Chesterton, Indiana
    James Christopher Gaffigan (born July 7, 1966) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer. His material often addresses fatherhood, laziness, food, religion, and general ...more
  • David Crosthwait
    Inventor, Engineer
    • Age: Dec. at 77 (1898-1976)
    • Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee
    David N. Crosthwait Jr. (May 27, 1898 – February 25, 1976) was an African-American mechanical and electrical engineer, inventor, and writer. He was born in the city of Nashville, Tennessee. He grew ...more