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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
Harry Reid 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
Evan Mecham 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
May Swenson 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
Merlin Olsen 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
Steven Ford 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
Tony Adams 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
Sonia Johnson 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
Mike Simpson 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
Chris Cooley 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
Kenny Guinn 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
Travis LaBoy 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
Richard H. Stallings 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
Kevin Curtis 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
Ezra Taft Benson 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 B. Haight 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
L. Edward Brown 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
Mary L. Cleave 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
Craig Jessop 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
George Piranian 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
James B. Allen 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
Arthur Cronquist 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
Donald Penn 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
Jarrett Bush 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
Ade Jimoh 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

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Anthony Calvillo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Anthony Calvillo American football player Anthony Calvillo is a former Canadian Football League quarterback. He is professional football's all-time passing yards leader, and first in all-time CFL passing yards. In his career, he passed ...more

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Paula Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Paula Hawkins Politician Paula Fickes Hawkins was an American politician from Florida. To date, she is the only woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Florida. She was the first woman ever elected to a full term in the ...more

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Phil Olsen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Phil Olsen American football player Phillip Vernor Olsen is a former center and defensive tackle in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams and Denver Broncos and the son of Lynn Jay and Merle Olsen. He also was a ...more

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Freddy Deeb is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Freddy Deeb Kassem Ibrahim "Freddy" Deeb is a professional poker player who emigrated from Lebanon to the United States at the age of 19.

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Ken Coon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Ken Coon Businessperson, Politician, Psychologist Kenneth Lloyd "Ken" Coon, Sr., is a Little Rock educator, professional psychologist, and counselor who was also a pioneer in the development of the Republican Party in the U.S. state ...more

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Roy Shivers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Roy Shivers Coach, American football player Roy Shivers was the General Manager of the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League from December 24, 1999 until August 21, 2006; the first Black general manager in professional ...more

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Gary C. Cornia is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Gary C. Cornia Gary C. Cornia is an American professor who was the eighth Dean of the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. He received a B.S. in Economics in 1972 from Weber State ...more

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Al Smith is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Al Smith American football player Al Fredrick Smith is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He played college football for Utah State University and for the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos.

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Sherman P. Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Sherman P. Lloyd Sherman Parkinson Lloyd was a U.S. Representative from Utah.

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Bill Munson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Bill Munson American football player William Alan Munson was a professional American football quarterback who played in 16 NFL seasons from 1964 through 1979 for five different teams. He was 6'2" and weighed 203 lbs. He was ...more

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Lionel Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Lionel Aldridge American football player Lionel Aldridge was an American professional football player. Aldridge was an All-Skyline tackle & co-captain of the Utah State Aggies. He was drafted in 1963 after a standout college career ...more

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Bernard P. Brockbank is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Bernard P. Brockbank Bernard P. Brockbank, Sr. was a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1962 to his death. Brockbank was an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve from 1962 to ...more

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Steven E. Snow is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Steven E. Snow Lawyer Steven Erastus Snow has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2001. He currently serves as the Church Historian and Recorder, as well as executive ...more

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Chris Buttars is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Chris Buttars Politician D. Chris Buttars is a former Republican member of the Utah State Senate representing the 10th Utah Senate District. He began his service as a state senator in 2001 and resigned in 2011 citing ...more

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Sixto González is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Sixto González Scientist Sixto González is the first Puerto Rican to be named Director of the Arecibo Observatory, the world's largest single dish radio telescope.

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Ardeshir Zahedi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Ardeshir Zahedi Politician Ardeshir Zahedi, GCVO, was an important Iranian diplomat during the 1960s and 1970s, serving as the country's foreign minister and its ambassador to the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Lars Peter Hansen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Lars Peter Hansen Economist Lars Peter Hansen is the David Rockefeller Distinguished Service Professor of economics at the University of Chicago. Best known for his work on the Generalized Method of Moments, he is also a ...more

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Ariel Maughan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Ariel Maughan Ariel Leishman Maughan was an American professional basketball player. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Maughan attended Utah State University and started his professional career in the Basketball ...more

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Mark Walton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Mark Walton Storyboard Artist, Actor, Voice acting Mark Walton is an American story artist and voice actor at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Walton is best known for voicing Rhino the hamster in the 2008 animated film Bolt.

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Tal Bachman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Tal Bachman Musician, Singer-songwriter Talmage Charles Robert "Tal" Bachman is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician. He is best known for his late 1999 hit, "She's So High", a pop rock tune from his ...more

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Boyd K. Packer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Boyd K. Packer Writer Boyd Kenneth Packer is an American religious leader and former educator, and the current president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He ...more

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L. Tom Perry is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
L. Tom Perry Writer Lowell Tom Perry is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having become a member of that body in 1974. Currently, he is the third most ...more

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Rick Bass is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Rick Bass Novelist, Author, Writer Rick Bass is an American writer and an environmental activist.

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Robert L. Geddes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Robert L. Geddes Politician, Geologist, Engineer Robert L. Geddes was a Republican member of the Idaho Senate, representing District 31 from 1995 to 2011. He was a resident of Soda Springs. In 2011, Geddes resigned from the Idaho Senate to ...more

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Carl Mulleneaux is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Utah State University Alumni
Carl Mulleneaux American football player Carl Kenneth "Moose" Mulleneaux was a professional American football end in the National Football League. He played six seasons for the Green Bay Packers. He was inducted into the ...more