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

This list is made up of many different graduates, including Shaquille O'Neal and Carmelo Anthony.

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

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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Basketball player, Rapper, Television producer
Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal, nicknamed Shaq, is an American retired professional basketball player, former rapper, actor and current analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. Standing 7 ft ...more

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Vanessa Williams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni

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Peter Falk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Certified Public Accountant, Television producer, Actor
Peter Michael Falk was an American actor, best known for his role as Lt. Columbo in the television series Columbo. He appeared in numerous films such as The Princess Bride, The Great Race and ...more

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Robert Jarvik is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Researcher, Inventor, Scientist
Robert Koffler Jarvik, M.D. is an American scientist, researcher and entrepreneur known for his role in developing the Jarvik-7 artificial heart.

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Joe Biden is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. (born November 20, 1942) is an American politician who served as the 47th Vice President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he ...more

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Ted Koppel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Commentator, Journalist, Television producer
Edward James Martin "Ted" Koppel is a British American broadcast journalist, best known as the anchor for Nightline from the program's inception in 1980 until his retirement in late ...more

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Jerry Stiller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Author
Gerald Isaac "Jerry" Stiller is an American comedian and actor. He spent many years in the comedy team Stiller and Meara with his wife, Anne Meara. Stiller and Meara are the parents of ...more

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Eileen Collins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Astronaut
Eileen Marie Collins is a retired NASA astronaut and a retired United States Air Force colonel. A former military instructor and test pilot, Collins was the first female pilot and first female ...more

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Michelangelo Signorile is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Journalist, Writer, Broadcaster
Michelangelo Signorile is an American journalist, author and talk radio host. His radio program is aired each weekday across the United States and Canada on Sirius XM Radio and globally online. ...more

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Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Basketball player, Television producer, Actor
Carmelo Kyam Anthony (born May 29, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has been named an NBA All-Star ten ...more

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Taye Diggs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Television producer, Actor, Singer
Scott Leo "Taye" Diggs is an American theatre, film and television actor, best known by his nickname, Taye Diggs. He is perhaps best known for his roles in the Broadway musical Rent, ...more

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Dick Clark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Businessperson, Television producer, Game Show Host
Richard Augustus Wagstaff "Dick" Clark, Jr. was an American radio and television personality, as well as a cultural icon who remains best known for hosting American Bandstand from 1957 ...more

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Aaron Sorkin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor
Aaron Benjamin Sorkin is an American screenwriter, producer, and playwright. His works include the Broadway plays A Few Good Men and The Farnsworth Invention; the television series Sports Night, ...more

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Story Musgrave is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Biophysicist, Public speaker, Physiologist
Franklin Story Musgrave is an American physician and a retired NASA astronaut. He is a public speaker and consultant to both Disney's Imagineering group and Applied Minds in California. In 1996 ...more

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Bob Costas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Commentator, Talk show host, Announcer
Robert Quinlan "Bob" Costas is an American sportscaster, on the air for NBC Sports television since the early 1980s. He has been prime-time host of nine Olympic games. He also does ...more

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Al Davis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Businessperson, Coach
Allen "Al" Davis was an American football coach and executive. He was the principal owner and general manager of the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League from 1972 to 2011. ...more

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Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Film Producer, Actor, Athlete
James Nathaniel "Jim" Brown is an American former professional football player and actor. He is best known for his exceptional and record-setting nine year career as a running back for ...more

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Fremont Rider is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Librarian, Inventor, Writer
Arthur Fremont Rider was an American writer, poet, editor, inventor, genealogist, and librarian. He studied under Melvil Dewey, of whom he wrote a biography for the ALA. Throughout his life he ...more

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Steve Rubell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Steve Rubell was an American entrepreneur and co-owner of the New York disco Studio 54.

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Paul Taylor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Choreographer
Paul Taylor is widely considered to be one of the foremost American choreographers of the 20th century. Paul Taylor is among the last living members of the second generation of America’s modern ...more

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Emme is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Model
Melissa Aronson, professionally known as Emme, is a plus-size model, and is largely recognized as the leading model in the profession, as well as its highest earner.

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Joyce Carol Oates is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Editor, Poet, Literary critic
Joyce Carol Oates is an American author. Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published over forty novels, as well as a number of plays and novellas, and many volumes of short ...more

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Camille Paglia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Cultural critic, Author, Writer
Camille Anna Paglia is an American academic and social critic. Paglia, a self-described dissident feminist, has been a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ...more

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Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. After serving as guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, his solo career ...more

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William Safire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Syracuse University Alumni
Speechwriter, Journalist, Author
William Lewis Safire was an American author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter. He was perhaps best known as a long-time syndicated political columnist for the New York Times ...more