Check out the list of notable Columbia University alumni. Some of the notable Columbia University students are Barack Obama, Alexander Hamilton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Warren Buffett and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

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.
Virginia ApgarVirginia Apgar
(Physician and Anesthesiologist)

07 June 1909

American

Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton
(Economist, Political Philosopher, Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury)

11 January 1755

American

James FrancoJames Franco
(Actor, Writer, Producer, Director, Teacher)

19 April 1978

American

B. R. AmbedkarB. R. Ambedkar

14 April 1891

Indian

Jake GyllenhaalJake Gyllenhaal

19 December 1980

American

Warren BuffettWarren Buffett
(Business Magnate, Investor, Philanthropist)

30 August 1930

American

Lauryn HillLauryn Hill

26 May 1975

American

Katie HolmesKatie Holmes
(Actress)

18 December 1978

American

Joseph Gordon-LevittJoseph Gordon-Levitt
(Actor, Director)

17 February 1981

American

Emmy RossumEmmy Rossum

12 September 1986

American

Amelia EarhartAmelia Earhart
(Aviator, Pilot)

24 July 1897

American

Hunter S. ThompsonHunter S. Thompson
(Journalist and Author)

18 July 1937

American

Madeleine AlbrightMadeleine Albright
(Politician & Diplomat)

15 May 1937

American

Julia StilesJulia Stiles
(Actress)

28 March 1981

American

Anna PaquinAnna Paquin

24 July 1982

Canadian,New Zealander

Lauren GrahamLauren Graham

16 March 1967

American

Neil deGrasse TysonNeil deGrasse Tyson
(Astrophysicist)

05 October 1958

American

Meghan McCainMeghan McCain
(Columnist & TV Host)

23 October 1984

American

J. D. SalingerJ. D. Salinger
(Writer)

01 January 1919

American

Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen
(Singer-songwriter)

21 September 1934

Canadian

Chelsea ClintonChelsea Clinton
(Bill Clinton's Daughter)

27 February 1980

American

Art GarfunkelArt Garfunkel
(Singer)

05 November 1941

American

Langston HughesLangston Hughes
(Poet, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist)

01 February 1902

American

Allen GinsbergAllen Ginsberg
(Poet)

03 June 1926

American

Georgia O'KeeffeGeorgia O'Keeffe
(Artist)

15 November 1887

American

Thomas SowellThomas Sowell
(Economist)

30 June 1930

American

Milton FriedmanMilton Friedman
(Economist, Statistician)

31 July 1912

American

Telly SavalasTelly Savalas
(American singer)

21 January 1922

American

Brian DennehyBrian Dennehy
(Actor)

09 July 1938

American

David RockefellerDavid Rockefeller
(Banker)

12 June 1915

American

Robert KraftRobert Kraft
(Business Tycoon)

05 June 1941

American

James CagneyJames Cagney
(Actor, Dancer)

17 July 1899

American

Zora Neale HurstonZora Neale Hurston
(Folklorist, Anthropologist)

07 January 1891

American

Michael PollanMichael Pollan
(Author, Journalist, Activist)

06 February 1955

American

Philip HamiltonPhilip Hamilton
(Alexander Hamilton's Son)

22 January 1782

American

Gene RoddenberryGene Roddenberry

19 August 1921

American

Abraham MaslowAbraham Maslow

01 April 1908

American

Alan GreenspanAlan Greenspan
(American economist)

06 March 1926

American

Federico García LorcaFederico García Lorca
(Poet)

05 June 1898

Spanish

Frances BavierFrances Bavier
(Actress)

14 December 1902

American

Vanessa CarltonVanessa Carlton
(American singer-songwriter)

16 August 1980

American

Spencer Treat ClarkSpencer Treat Clark
(Actor)

24 September 1987

American

John JayJohn Jay
(First Chief Justice of the United States)

12 December 1745

American

Mario PuzoMario Puzo
(Novelist, Screenwriter)

15 October 1920

American

Carl RogersCarl Rogers
(Psychologist)

08 January 1902

American

Richard RodgersRichard Rodgers
(Composer, songwriter, playwright)

28 June 1902

American

James R. Jim JarmuschJim Jarmusch
(American film director)

22 January 1953

American

Upton SinclairUpton Sinclair
(American writer)

20 September 1878

American

Sidney LumetSidney Lumet
(Film Director)

25 June 1924

American

Margaret MeadMargaret Mead
(Cultural Anthropologist)

16 December 1901

American

Ashraf GhaniAshraf Ghani
(13th President of Afghanistan)

12 February 1949

Afghan

Thomas MertonThomas Merton
(Writer)

31 January 1915

French,Thai,American

Ben SteinBen Stein
(Writer, Actor, Lawyer)

25 November 1944

American

Laurie AndersonLaurie Anderson
(Musician)

05 June 1947

American

Stephen Jay GouldStephen Jay Gould

10 September 1941

American

Lester B. PearsonLester B. Pearson
(14th Prime Minister of Canada)

23 April 1897

Canadian

Shirley ChisholmShirley Chisholm

30 November 1924

American

Ben MankiewiczBen Mankiewicz
(Journalist, Film Critic)

25 March 1967

American

Murray RothbardMurray Rothbard
(Economist)

02 March 1926

American

Klaus FuchsKlaus Fuchs
(Theoretical Physicist and Atomic Spy)

29 December 1911

German

Rostam BatmanglijRostam Batmanglij
(Musician)

28 November 1983

American

Jane JacobsJane Jacobs
(Journalist, Author, Activist)

04 May 1916

Canadian

Benjamin Spock Benjamin Spock
(Pediatrician and Political Activist)

02 May 1903

American

Bhupen HazarikaBhupen Hazarika
(Musician, Singer, Poet, Filmmaker, Lyricist)

08 September 1926

Indian

Joseph HellerJoseph Heller
(Novelist)

01 May 1923

American

Jordana SpiroJordana Spiro
(Actress)

12 November 1977

American

Richard AvedonRichard Avedon

15 May 1923

American

Konrad LorenzKonrad Lorenz
(Zoologist)

07 November 1903

Austrian

Lillian HellmanLillian Hellman
(Dramatist and Screenwriter)

20 June 1905

American

Amiri BarakaAmiri Baraka
(Writer)

07 October 1934

American

Charles R. DrewCharles R. Drew
(Physician & Surgeon)

03 June 1904

American

Carson McCullersCarson McCullers
(American novelist)

19 February 1917

American

Adam Clayton Powell Jr.Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
(Politician & Civil Rights Activist)

29 November 1908

American

Steven WeinbergSteven Weinberg

03 May 1933

American

Albert EllisAlbert Ellis
(Psychologist)

27 September 1913

American

Joseph L. MankiewiczJoseph L. Mankiewicz
(Writer, Director, Producer)

11 February 1909

American

Herman HollerithHerman Hollerith
(Father of modern automatic computation)

29 February 1860

American

Adi DaAdi Da
(Founder of Adidam)

03 November 1939

American

James Weldon JohnsonJames Weldon Johnson
(Educator, Lawyer, Diplomat, Songwriter, Writer, Anthropologist, Poet and Activist)

17 June 1871

American

Alan LomaxAlan Lomax
(Folklorist)

31 January 1915

American

Joyce BrothersJoyce Brothers
(American psychologist)

20 October 1927

American