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

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

A list made up of graduates like Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep.

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

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Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Anne Hathaway Actor, Voice acting Anne Jacqueline Hathaway is an American actress, singer, and producer. After several stage roles, Hathaway appeared in the 1999 television series Get Real. She came to prominence after playing ...more

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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Meryl Streep Spokesperson, Actor, Voice acting Meryl Streep is an American actress. A three-time Academy Award winner, she is widely regarded as one of the greatest film actors of all time. Streep made her professional stage debut in The ...more

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Jane Fonda is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Jane Fonda Activist, Television producer, Film Producer Jane Fonda is an American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model and fitness guru. She is a two-time Academy Award winner. In 2014, she was the recipient of the American Film ...more

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Ethan Zohn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Ethan Zohn Actor, Athlete Ethan Zohn, is a former American professional soccer player, and a reality television series contestant who won $1,000,000 on Survivor: Africa, the third season of the reality TV series ...more

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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Editor Jacqueline Lee "Jackie" Kennedy Onassis was the wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and First Lady of the United States during his presidency from 1961 ...more

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Lisa Kudrow is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Lisa Kudrow Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer Lisa Valerie Kudrow is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer. She gained worldwide recognition for her ten-season run as Phoebe Buffay on the television sitcom Friends, for which ...more

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Anthony Bourdain is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Anthony Bourdain Television producer, TV chef, Screenwriter Anthony Michael Bourdain is an American chef, author, and television personality. He is a 1978 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a veteran of numerous professional kitchens, ...more

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Justin Long is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Justin Long Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting Justin Jacob Long is an American actor, known for his roles in the films Jeepers Creepers, Galaxy Quest, Dodgeball, Accepted, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and Live Free or Die Hard, for his role as ...more

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Jay Severin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Jay Severin Political Consultant Jay Severin is an American political talk radio personality who can currently be heard on TheBlaze Radio Network. Severin previously worked in 2011 and 2012 as an afternoon talk host at Boston's ...more

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Edna St. Vincent Millay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Edna St. Vincent Millay Poet, Writer, Playwright Edna St. Vincent Millay was an American lyrical poet and playwright. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923, the third woman to win the award for poetry, and was also known for her ...more

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Martha R. Ingram is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Martha R. Ingram Martha Robinson Rivers Ingram is the chairman of Ingram Industries, former chairman of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust, and a noted philanthropist and patron of the arts. She was ...more

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Grace Hopper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Grace Hopper Programmer, Mathematician, Computer scientist Grace Murray Hopper was an American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. She was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer in 1944, and invented the first ...more

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Ruth Benedict is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Ruth Benedict Anthropologist Ruth Fulton Benedict was an American anthropologist and folklorist. She was born in New York City]], attended Vassar College and graduated in 1909. She entered graduate studies at Columbia ...more

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Andy Towle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Andy Towle Writer Andy Towle; born May 15, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American blogger and media commentator based in New York City. Towle, who is gay, started his blog Towleroad in 2003 while he was in Los ...more

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Urvashi Vaid is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Urvashi Vaid Writer Urvashi Vaid is an Indian-American LGBT rights activist.

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William F. Buckley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
William F. Buckley, Jr. Editor, Commentator, Politician William Frank Buckley, Jr. was an American conservative author and commentator. He founded the political magazine National Review in 1955, which had a major impact in stimulating the ...more

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Ellen Swallow Richards is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Ellen Swallow Richards Chemist Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards was an industrial and environmental chemist in the United States during the 19th century. Her pioneering work in sanitary engineering, and experimental research ...more

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Mary Oliver is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Mary Oliver Poet, Author, Writer Mary Oliver is an American poet who has won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. The New York Times described her as "far and away, [America's] best-selling poet".

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Elizabeth Bishop is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Elizabeth Bishop Poet, Writer Elizabeth Bishop was an American poet and short-story writer. She was the Poet Laureate of the United States from 1949 to 1950, the Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry in 1956, the National Book ...more

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Patricia Goldman-Rakic is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Patricia Goldman-Rakic Patricia Goldman-Rakic née Shoer was an American neuroscientist/neurobiologist known for her pioneering study of the frontal lobe and her work on the cellular basis of working memory.

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Mike D is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Mike D Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Rapper Michael Diamond, better known as Mike D, is a founding member of New York City hip hop group the Beastie Boys. Mike D raps, sings, and plays drums.

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Hope Davis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Hope Davis Actor Hope Davis is an American actress. She has starred in more than 20 feature films, including Flatliners, Next Stop Wonderland, Arlington Road, Mumford, About Schmidt, American Splendor, Proof, ...more

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Evelyn Venable is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Evelyn Venable Actor, Teacher Evelyn Venable was an American actress. In addition to starring in several films in the 1930s and 1940s, she was the voice and model for the Blue Fairy in Walt Disney's Pinocchio. She was the ...more

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Lucy Burns is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Lucy Burns Editor, Teacher Lucy Burns was an American suffragist and women's rights advocate. She was a passionate activist in the United States and in the United Kingdom. Burns was a close friend of Alice Paul, and ...more

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Elizabeth Bentley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Elizabeth Bentley Elizabeth Terrill Bentley was an American spy for the Soviet Union from 1938 until 1945. In 1945 she defected from the Communist Party and Soviet intelligence and became an informer for the U.S. ...more

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Lisa Zane is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Lisa Zane Songwriter, Actor, Voice acting Lisa Zane is an American actress and singer.

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Mary Calderone is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Mary Calderone Physician Mary Steichen Calderone was a physician and a public health advocate for sexual education. She served as president and co-founder of the Sex Information and Education Council of the United ...more

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Neil Strauss is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Neil Strauss Journalist, Author, Writer Neil Darrow Strauss, also known by the pen names Style and Chris Powles, is an American author, journalist and ghostwriter, with both American and Kittitian citizenship. He is best known for his ...more

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Marvin Breckinridge Patterson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Marvin Breckinridge Patterson Journalist, Cinematographer, Photojournalist Mary Marvin Breckinridge Patterson, was an American photojournalist, cinematographer, and philanthropist. She used her middle name, Marvin, both professionally and personally to distinguish ...more

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Andrew Zimmern is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Andrew Zimmern TV chef, Chef Andrew Scott Zimmern is an American television personality, chef, food writer and teacher. He is the co-creator, host, and consulting producer of the Travel Channel series Bizarre Foods with ...more

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Vera Rubin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Vera Rubin Physicist, Astronomer Vera Rubin is an American astronomer who pioneered work on galaxy rotation rates. She uncovered the discrepancy between the predicted angular motion of galaxies and the observed motion, by ...more

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Nancy Harkness Love is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Nancy Harkness Love Pilot Nancy Harkness Love, born Hannah Lincoln Harkness, was an American pilot and commander during World War II.

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Sydney Pokorny is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Sydney Pokorny Editor, Writer Sydney Pokorny was a lesbian writer, editor, columnist and activist based in New York. She graduated from Vassar College in 1988 with a degree in art history. The author of numerous articles on ...more

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Sakina Jaffrey is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Sakina Jaffrey Actor Sakina Jaffrey is an American actress.

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Edith Clarke is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Edith Clarke Electrical engineer, Engineer Edith Clarke was the first female electrical engineer and the first female professor of electrical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. She specialized in electrical power system ...more

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Greg Rucka is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Greg Rucka Novelist, Film Producer, Screenwriter Gregory "Greg" Rucka is an American comic book writer and novelist, known for his work on such comics as Action Comics, Batwoman, Detective Comics, and the miniseries Superman: World ...more

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Adelaide Crapsey is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Adelaide Crapsey Poet, Writer Adelaide Crapsey was an American poet. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was raised in Rochester, New York, daughter of Adelaide T. Crapsey and Episcopal priest Algernon Sidney Crapsey, who had ...more

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Joe Hill is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Joe Hill Comic book creator, Novelist, Writer Joseph Hillstrom King, better known by the pen name Joe Hill, is an American author and comic book writer. He has published three novels—Heart-Shaped Box, Horns and NOS4A2—and a collection of ...more

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Noah Baumbach is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Noah Baumbach Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor Noah Baumbach is an American writer, director and independent filmmaker.

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Linda R. Greenstein is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Linda R. Greenstein Politician, Legislator, Lawyer Linda R. Greenstein is an American Democratic Party politician who represents the 14th legislative district in the New Jersey Senate, having been first elected to the Senate when she defeated ...more

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Ellen Silbergeld is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Ellen Silbergeld Environmental Health Scientist, Biologist, Professor Ellen Kovner Silbergeld is a leading expert in the field of environmental health. After graduating from Vassar College summa cum laude in 1967, she earned a Ph.D. in environmental engineering at ...more

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Lida Shaw King is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Lida Shaw King Archaeologist Lida Shaw King was an American classical scholar and college dean. She graduated from Vassar College in 1890 and from Brown University in 1894 and continued her graduate studies at Vassar, ...more

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Jane Smiley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Jane Smiley Novelist, Author, Writer Jane Smiley is an American novelist. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992 for her novel A Thousand Acres.

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Brooke Hayward is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Brooke Hayward Actor, Writer Brooke Hayward is an American stage, film and television actress.

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Rick Lazio is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Rick Lazio Politician, Lawyer Enrico Anthony "Rick" Lazio is a former U.S. Representative from the state of New York. Lazio became well known nationally when he ran against Hillary Rodham Clinton for the U.S. ...more

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Vicki Miles-LaGrange is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Vicki Miles-LaGrange Judge, Politician Vicki Miles-LaGrange is the Chief U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma. She was the first African-American woman to be sworn in as U.S. attorney for the Western District of ...more

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Kerri Green is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Kerri Green Entrepreneur, Actor Kerri Lee Green is an American actress, writer, and director.

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Lurita Doan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Lurita Doan Businessperson, Politician, Entrepreneur Lurita Alexis Doan, is a businesswoman, political commentator, and former political appointee who was the administrator of the United States General Services Administration, the government's ...more

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Betsy McCaughey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Betsy McCaughey Politician Elizabeth "Betsy" McCaughey, formerly known as Betsy McCaughey Ross, is an American politician who was Lieutenant Governor of New York from 1995 to 1998, during the first term of ...more

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Jonathan Togo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
Jonathan Togo Musician, Actor Jonathan Frederick Togo is an American actor, best known for his role in CSI: Miami as Ryan Wolfe.