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.
B. R. AmbedkarB. R. Ambedkar
14 April 1891, Indian
Indian Jurist
Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton
11 January 1755, American
Economist, Political Philosopher, Former U.S.

George SegalGeorge Segal
13 February 1934, American

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

Jake GyllenhaalJake Gyllenhaal
19 December 1980, American

Katie HolmesKatie Holmes
18 December 1978, American
James FrancoJames Franco
19 April 1978, American
Actor, Writer, Producer, Director, Teacher

Joseph Gordon-LevittJoseph Gordon-Levitt
17 February 1981, American
Actor, Director

Lauren GrahamLauren Graham
16 March 1967, American
Amelia EarhartAmelia Earhart
24 July 1897, American
Aviator, Pilot

James GunnJames Gunn
05 August 1966, American
Julia StilesJulia Stiles
28 March 1981, American

Emmy RossumEmmy Rossum
12 September 1986, American

Lauryn HillLauryn Hill
26 May 1975, American

Anna PaquinAnna Paquin
24 July 1982, Canadian, New Zealander

Thomas SowellThomas Sowell
30 June 1930, American
Neil deGrasse TysonNeil deGrasse Tyson
05 October 1958, American

Brian DennehyBrian Dennehy
09 July 1938, American

Leonard CohenLeonard Cohen
21 September 1934, Canadian

Julia GarnerJulia Garner
01 February 1994, American
Hunter S. ThompsonHunter S. Thompson
18 July 1937, American
Journalist and Author

Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
08 September 1981, American
Actor, Voice Actor
J. D. SalingerJ. D. Salinger
01 January 1919, American

Meghan McCainMeghan McCain
23 October 1984, American
Columnist & TV Host

Beto O’RourkeBeto O’Rourke
26 September 1972, American
U.S. Representative
Langston HughesLangston Hughes
01 February 1902, American
Poet, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist

Art GarfunkelArt Garfunkel
05 November 1941, American
Allen GinsbergAllen Ginsberg
03 June 1926, American

Shirley ChisholmShirley Chisholm
30 November 1924, American

Upton SinclairUpton Sinclair
20 September 1878, American
American writer
Milton FriedmanMilton Friedman
31 July 1912, American
Economist, Statistician

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Telly SavalasTelly Savalas
21 January 1922, American
American singer
Vanessa CarltonVanessa Carlton
16 August 1980, American
American singer-songwriter

Shirley WilliamsShirley Williams
27 July 1930, British
Political Leader

Georgia O'KeeffeGeorgia O'Keeffe
15 November 1887, American

Chelsea ClintonChelsea Clinton
27 February 1980, American
Bill Clinton's Daughter
Liza WeilLiza Weil
05 June 1977, American
Gene RoddenberryGene Roddenberry
19 August 1921, American

James CagneyJames Cagney
17 July 1899, American
Actor, Dancer

James R. Jim JarmuschJim Jarmusch
22 January 1953, American
American film director

Sidney LumetSidney Lumet
25 June 1924, American
Film Director
Zora Neale HurstonZora Neale Hurston
07 January 1891, American
Folklorist, Anthropologist

Madeleine AlbrightMadeleine Albright
15 May 1937, American
Politician & Diplomat

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

Robert KraftRobert Kraft
05 June 1941, American
Chief Executive Officer of the New England

Alan GreenspanAlan Greenspan
06 March 1926, American
American economist
Adam Clayton Powell Jr.Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
29 November 1908, American
Politician & Civil Rights Activist

Philip HamiltonPhilip Hamilton
22 January 1782, American
Alexander Hamilton's Son
Frances BavierFrances Bavier
14 December 1902, American

Neil GorsuchNeil Gorsuch
29 August 1967, American
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the

Christy TurlingtonChristy Turlington
02 January 1969, American
Joseph CampbellJoseph Campbell
26 March 1904, American

David RockefellerDavid Rockefeller
12 June 1915, American
Abraham MaslowAbraham Maslow
01 April 1908, American

Laurie AndersonLaurie Anderson
05 June 1947, American

Ashraf GhaniAshraf Ghani
12 February 1949, Afghan
13th President of Afghanistan

Troy DonahueTroy Donahue
27 January 1936, American

Mario PuzoMario Puzo
15 October 1920, American
Novelist, Screenwriter
Sofia VassilievaSofia Vassilieva
22 October 1992, American

Ben MankiewiczBen Mankiewicz
25 March 1967, American
Journalist, Film Critic

Charles R. DrewCharles R. Drew
03 June 1904, American
Physician & Surgeon

Ben SteinBen Stein
25 November 1944, American
Writer, Actor, Lawyer
Jesse BradfordJesse Bradford
28 May 1979, American

Spencer Treat ClarkSpencer Treat Clark
24 September 1987, American
Federico García LorcaFederico García Lorca
05 June 1898, Spanish

Amir ArisonAmir Arison
24 March 1978, American

John JayJohn Jay
12 December 1745, American
First Chief Justice of the United States
Thomas MertonThomas Merton
31 January 1915, French, Thai, American

Carl RogersCarl Rogers
08 January 1902, American
Margaret MeadMargaret Mead
16 December 1901, American
Cultural Anthropologist

Julia Goldani TellesJulia Goldani Telles
18 March 1995, American

S. Robson WaltonS. Robson Walton
28 October 1944, American
Former Chairman of Walmart
Richard RodgersRichard Rodgers
28 June 1902, American
Composer, songwriter, playwright

Murray RothbardMurray Rothbard
02 March 1926, American
Dorothea LangeDorothea Lange
26 May 1895, American

Michael PollanMichael Pollan
06 February 1955, American
Author, Journalist, Activist

Rostam BatmanglijRostam Batmanglij
28 November 1983, American

Klaus FuchsKlaus Fuchs
29 December 1911, German
Theoretical Physicist and Atomic Spy
Stephen Jay GouldStephen Jay Gould
10 September 1941, American
Jordana SpiroJordana Spiro
12 November 1977, American

Joyce BrothersJoyce Brothers
20 October 1927, American
American psychologist

Richard AvedonRichard Avedon
15 May 1923, American

Carson McCullersCarson McCullers
19 February 1917, American
American novelist
Amiri BarakaAmiri Baraka
07 October 1934, American

Zain AsherZain Asher
27 August 1983, British
News Anchor, Journalist

James Weldon JohnsonJames Weldon Johnson
17 June 1871, American

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

James McBrideJames McBride
11 September 1957, American
Lester B. PearsonLester B. Pearson
23 April 1897, Canadian
14th Prime Minister of Canada

Lillian HellmanLillian Hellman
20 June 1905, American
Dramatist and Screenwriter
Jane JacobsJane Jacobs
04 May 1916, Canadian
Journalist, Author, Activist

Joseph HellerJoseph Heller
01 May 1923, American
Benjamin Spock Benjamin Spock
02 May 1903, American
Pediatrician and Political Activist
Lorraine GaryLorraine Gary
16 August 1937, American

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.