Discover the notable alumni of Columbia University. The list includes people like Alexander Hamilton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Warren Buffett, B. R. Ambedkar & James Franco. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as writers, intellectuals & academics, media personalities, film & theater personalities and miscellaneous etc.
Jake GyllenhaalJake Gyllenhaal
19 December 1980, American
 
Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton
11 January 1755, Saint Kitts And Nevis, American
Economist, Political Philosopher, Former U.S.

Warren BuffettWarren Buffett
30 August 1930, American
Business Magnate, Investor, Philanthropist

Katie HolmesKatie Holmes
18 December 1978, American
Actress

James FrancoJames Franco
19 April 1978, American
Actor, Writer, Producer, Director, Teacher

B. R. AmbedkarB. R. Ambedkar
14 April 1891, Indian
 
James GunnJames Gunn
05 August 1966, American
Filmmaker

Julia StilesJulia Stiles
28 March 1981, American
Actress

Amelia EarhartAmelia Earhart
24 July 1897, American
Aviator, Pilot

Hunter S. ThompsonHunter S. Thompson
18 July 1937, American
Journalist and Author
Anna PaquinAnna Paquin
24 July 1982, Canadian, New Zealander
 

Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen
21 September 1934, Canadian
Singer-songwriter
Joseph Gordon-LevittJoseph Gordon-Levitt
17 February 1981, American
Actor, Director

Lauryn HillLauryn Hill
26 May 1975, American
 

Emmy RossumEmmy Rossum
12 September 1986, American
 
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
08 September 1981, American
Actor, Voice Actor

Lauren GrahamLauren Graham
16 March 1967, American
 
Neil deGrasse TysonNeil deGrasse Tyson
05 October 1958, American
Astrophysicist

Spencer Treat ClarkSpencer Treat Clark
24 September 1987, American
Actor

Allen GinsbergAllen Ginsberg
03 June 1926, American
Poet
Telly SavalasTelly Savalas
21 January 1922, American
American singer

Meghan McCainMeghan McCain
23 October 1984, American
Columnist & TV Host
James R. Jim JarmuschJim Jarmusch
22 January 1953, American
American film director

J. D. SalingerJ. D. Salinger
01 January 1919, American
Writer

Chelsea ClintonChelsea Clinton
27 February 1980, American
Bill Clinton's Daughter

Art GarfunkelArt Garfunkel
05 November 1941, American
Singer
James CagneyJames Cagney
17 July 1899, American
Actor, Dancer
Brian DennehyBrian Dennehy
09 July 1938, American
Actor

Milton FriedmanMilton Friedman
31 July 1912, American
Economist, Statistician

Sidney LumetSidney Lumet
25 June 1924, American
Film Director

Gene RoddenberryGene Roddenberry
19 August 1921, American
 
Georgia O'KeeffeGeorgia O'Keeffe
15 November 1887, American
Artist

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Madeleine AlbrightMadeleine Albright
15 May 1937, American
Politician & Diplomat

Langston HughesLangston Hughes
01 February 1902, American
Poet, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist

Vanessa CarltonVanessa Carlton
16 August 1980, American
American singer-songwriter

Robert KraftRobert Kraft
05 June 1941, American
Business Tycoon
Liza WeilLiza Weil
05 June 1977, American
Actress

Abraham MaslowAbraham Maslow
01 April 1908, American
 
Thomas SowellThomas Sowell
30 June 1930, American
Economist

Rostam BatmanglijRostam Batmanglij
28 November 1983, American
Musician

Alan GreenspanAlan Greenspan
06 March 1926, American
American economist
Frances BavierFrances Bavier
14 December 1902, American
Actress

David RockefellerDavid Rockefeller
12 June 1915, American
Banker
Christy TurlingtonChristy Turlington
02 January 1969, American
Model

Bhupen HazarikaBhupen Hazarika
08 September 1926, Indian
Musician, Singer, Poet, Filmmaker, Lyricist

Joseph HellerJoseph Heller
01 May 1923, American
Novelist

Philip HamiltonPhilip Hamilton
22 January 1782, American
Alexander Hamilton's Son

Federico García LorcaFederico García Lorca
05 June 1898, Spanish
Poet
Carl RogersCarl Rogers
08 January 1902, American
Psychologist

Zora Neale HurstonZora Neale Hurston
07 January 1891, American
Folklorist, Anthropologist

Troy DonahueTroy Donahue
27 January 1936, American
Actor

Ben SteinBen Stein
25 November 1944, American
Writer, Actor, Lawyer
Mario PuzoMario Puzo
15 October 1920, American
Novelist, Screenwriter

Shirley ChisholmShirley Chisholm
30 November 1924, American
 
Ashraf GhaniAshraf Ghani
12 February 1949, Afghan
13th President of Afghanistan

John JayJohn Jay
12 December 1745, American
First Chief Justice of the United States

Michael PollanMichael Pollan
06 February 1955, American
Author, Journalist, Activist
Upton SinclairUpton Sinclair
20 September 1878, American
American writer

Margaret MeadMargaret Mead
16 December 1901, American
Cultural Anthropologist
Julia Goldani TellesJulia Goldani Telles
18 March 1995, American
Actress

Richard RodgersRichard Rodgers
28 June 1902, American
Composer, songwriter, playwright

Thomas MertonThomas Merton
31 January 1915, French, Thai, American
Writer
Stephen Jay GouldStephen Jay Gould
10 September 1941, American
 

Laurie AndersonLaurie Anderson
05 June 1947, American
Musician
Klaus FuchsKlaus Fuchs
29 December 1911, German
Theoretical Physicist and Atomic Spy

Trish ReganTrish Regan
13 December 1972, American
Television Host, Journalist

Jesse BradfordJesse Bradford
28 May 1979, American
Actor

Zain AsherZain Asher
27 August 1983, British
News Anchor, Journalist
Murray RothbardMurray Rothbard
02 March 1926, American
Economist
Ben MankiewiczBen Mankiewicz
25 March 1967, American
Journalist, Film Critic

Lester B. PearsonLester B. Pearson
23 April 1897, Canadian
14th Prime Minister of Canada

Kai-Fu LeeKai-Fu Lee
03 December 1961, Taiwanese
Computer Scientist

Catherine HerridgeCatherine Herridge
18 May 1964, Canadian, American
News Correspondent
Jordana SpiroJordana Spiro
12 November 1977, American
Actress

Jane JacobsJane Jacobs
04 May 1916, Canadian
Journalist, Author, Activist

Benjamin Spock Benjamin Spock
02 May 1903, American
Pediatrician and Political Activist

Joseph L. MankiewiczJoseph L. Mankiewicz
11 February 1909, American
Writer, Director, Producer

Richard AvedonRichard Avedon
15 May 1923, American
 
Adam Clayton Powell Jr.Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
29 November 1908, American
Politician & Civil Rights Activist

Jamie GillisJamie Gillis
20 April 1943, American
Adult Film Actor
Lillian HellmanLillian Hellman
20 June 1905, American
Dramatist and Screenwriter

Carson McCullersCarson McCullers
19 February 1917, American
American novelist

Shirley WilliamsShirley Williams
27 July 1930, British
Political Leader
Alan LomaxAlan Lomax
31 January 1915, American
Folklorist

Konrad LorenzKonrad Lorenz
07 November 1903, Austrian
Zoologist
Charles R. DrewCharles R. Drew
03 June 1904, American
Physician & Surgeon

Albert EllisAlbert Ellis
27 September 1913, American
Psychologist

Steven WeinbergSteven Weinberg
03 May 1933, American
 

Amiri BarakaAmiri Baraka
07 October 1934, American
Writer
Joyce BrothersJoyce Brothers
20 October 1927, American
American psychologist

Herman HollerithHerman Hollerith
29 February 1860, American
Father of modern automatic computation
Kenneth ArrowKenneth Arrow
23 August 1921, American
Economist & Political Theorist

James Weldon JohnsonJames Weldon Johnson
17 June 1871, American
Author
Robert Andrews MillikanRobert Andrews Millikan
22 March 1868, American
Physicist

Julian SchwingerJulian Schwinger
12 February 1918, American
Physicist
Simon KuznetsSimon Kuznets
30 April 1901, American
Economist

The Columbia University, located in Manhattan, New York, is one of the most preferred study destinations for students from around the world. Unlike many famous universities, around 20 graduate schools are affiliated to this esteemed institution. The ‘Columbia University’ also has study centers in different cities across the world, such as Mumbai, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro and Nairobi. A degree from this notable university adds a lot of value to an individual’s profile, especially in terms of job prospects. This famous university has been an alma mater to several noteworthy celebrities, known for their outstanding accomplishments. The list of notable alumni includes Former American president Barack Obama, acclaimed writer J.D Salinger, actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Joseph Gordon Levitt. Barack Obama is one of the finest examples of a great leader to many, immensely praised for his remarkable achievements during his tenure as the President. Several former students are also patrons who try doing their bit for the betterment of the university. If sources are to be believed, American business honcho and media baron John Kluge is one such alumnus who donated a whopping $ 600 Million to his alma mater, which speaks volumes about his love for this famous university. Not many know that the ‘Columbia University’ plays a pivotal role in conducting the prestigious ‘Pulitzer Prize’ ceremony every year. Here’s a list of notable Columbia University students who have reached great heights and have been a source of inspiration for many people across the world.