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Famous Vassar College Alumni

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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
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
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
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
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
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. Five years ...more
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Lisa Kudrow is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
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
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
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, for his role as Warren Cheswick on the NBC ...more
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Jay Severin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Poet, Author, Writer
Mary Oliver (September 10, 1935-January 17, 2019) was an American poet who has won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. The New York Times described her as "far and away, ...more
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Elizabeth Bishop is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Vassar College Alumni
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 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
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
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
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
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 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