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

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

Examples of graduates on this list include Harry Reid and Merlin Olsen.

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

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Harry Reid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
Harry Mason Reid is an American politician and the senior United States Senator from Nevada, in office since 1987. A member of the Democratic Party, he has served as the Senate Minority Leader ...more

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Evan Mecham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Politician, Writer
Evan Mecham was the 17th Governor of Arizona. A decorated veteran of World War II, Mecham earned his living as an automotive dealership owner and occasional newspaper publisher. Periodic runs ...more

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May Swenson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Poet, Author, Writer
Anna Thilda May "May" Swenson was an American poet and playwright. She is considered one of the most important and original poets of the 20th century, as often hailed by the noted ...more

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Merlin Olsen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Pitchman, Actor, Sports commentator
Merlin Jay Olsen was an American football player in the National Football League, NFL commentator, and actor. He played his entire 15-year career as a defensive tackle with the Los Angeles Rams ...more

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Steven Ford is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Cowboy, Actor
Steven Meigs Ford is an American actor and son of former U.S. President Gerald Ford and former First Lady Betty Ford.

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Tony Adams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
American football player
Anthony Lee Adams is a former gridiron football player in the World Football League, the National Football League, and the Canadian Football League. Adams served as starting quarterback for the ...more

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Sonia Johnson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Politician, Writer
Sonia Johnson is an American feminist activist and writer. She was an outspoken supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment and in the late 1970s was publicly critical of the position of The Church ...more

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Mike Simpson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Politician, Dentist
Michael Keith "Mike" Simpson, D.M.D., is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Idaho's 2nd congressional district. First elected in 1998, he is a member of the ...more

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Chris Cooley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Artist, American football player
Christopher Ken "Chris" Cooley is a former American football tight end in the National Football League. He played college football for Utah State University. He was drafted by the ...more

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Kenny Guinn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Politician, Banker
Kenneth Carroll "Kenny" Guinn was an American businessman, politician and professor. He was the 27th Governor of Nevada from 1999 to 2007. He was a member of the Republican Party and a ...more

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Travis LaBoy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
American football player
Travis LaBoy is a former American football linebacker. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Hawaii. LaBoy is the son of ...more

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Richard H. Stallings is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Politician, Professor
Richard Howard Stallings is a Democratic politician from the state of Idaho, the 2014 Democratic nominee to again represent Idaho's Idaho's 2nd congressional district, which he served from 1985 ...more

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Kevin Curtis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
American football player
Kevin DeeVon Curtis is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League. He played college football at Utah State and was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the third round ...more

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Ezra Taft Benson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Clergy, Politician, Farmer
Ezra Taft Benson was an American farmer and religious leader, serving as United States Secretary of Agriculture during both presidential terms of Dwight D. Eisenhower and as thirteenth president ...more

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David B. Haight is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
David Bruce Haight was the oldest member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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L. Edward Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Lowell Edward Brown was an Idaho politician and a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Born in Preston, Idaho in a Latter-day Saint family, Brown was raised in ...more

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Mary L. Cleave is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Astronaut, Engineer
Mary Louise Cleave is an American engineer and a former NASA astronaut. She also served from 2004 to 2007 as NASA Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate.

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Craig Jessop is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Conductor, Music Director
Craig D. Jessop is an American academic, musician and singer best known for his tenure as the music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir from 1999 to 2008.

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George Piranian is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Mathematician
George Piranian, born in Thalwil outside Zürich, Switzerland, was a Swiss-American mathematician of Swiss and Armenian descent. Piranian was internationally known for his research in ...more

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James B. Allen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Historian
James Brown "Jim" Allen is an American historian of Mormonism and was an official Assistant Church Historian of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1972–1979.

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Arthur Cronquist is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Botanist
Arthur John Cronquist was a United States biologist, botanist and a specialist on Compositae. He is considered one of the most influential botanists of the 20th century, largely due to his ...more

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Donald Penn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
American football player
Donald Ward Penn is an American football offensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. He played college football for Utah State University, and was signed by the ...more

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Jarrett Bush is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
American football player
Jarrett Lee Bush is an American football cornerback who is currently a Free agent of the National Football League. He was originally signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in ...more

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Ade Jimoh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
American football player
Adebola Olurotimi "Ade" Jimoh is a former American football cornerback. He was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2003. He played college football at Utah ...more

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W. Rolfe Kerr is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
W. Rolfe Kerr
William Rolfe Kerr is an emeritus general authority of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served previously as the fifteenth Commissioner of Church Education and as ...more