Check out the list of notable Northwestern University alumni. Some of the notable Northwestern University students are Hugh Hefner, Stephen Colbert, Zooey Deschanel, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Warren Beatty.

Northwestern University or NU is a private research university based out of Evanston, Illinois. The university has branched out to touch more lives with its quality education, with its branches in Chicago, San Francisco and Doha. The university traces its foundation back to the mid 1800’s and has striven to attain its current position of having the tenth largest university endowment in the United States of America. Being on the sustainable side, Northwestern University was also listed as one of the top 10 universities in the country purchasing renewable power, as per the Green Power Partnership in 2009. The university offers way over 2100 bachelor’s degrees, 3000 master’s degrees, 500 doctoral degrees and 400 professional degrees in several areas of study. Selection process and admissions are characterized as “most selective” as per the U.S. News & World Report, with an elite group of handpicked students who make the cut every year. With the student body comprising of 21,000 students from over 100 countries, the university is a mix of diverse cultures, which perfectly blend to provide an ideal learning environment. The notable board of faculty includes an esteemed list of individuals who have gone to accomplish great things in their areas of study. Some of its prominent alumni include David Schwimmer, Stephen Colbert, Julia-Louis-Dreyfus, Saul Bellow and so on. Presenting to you, a detailed list of outstanding achievers born out of Northwestern University.
Meghan MarkleMeghan Markle
(Actress)

04 August 1981

American

Zooey DeschanelZooey Deschanel
(Actress)

17 January 1980

American

David SchwimmerDavid Schwimmer
(Actor)

02 November 1966

American

Stephen ColbertStephen Colbert
(American comedian)

13 May 1964

American

Julia Louis-DreyfusJulia Louis-Dreyfus
(Actress)

13 January 1961

American

Cindy CrawfordCindy Crawford

20 February 1966

American

Charlton HestonCharlton Heston
(Actor)

04 October 1923

American

Hugh HefnerHugh Hefner
(Founder of Playboy Magazine)

09 April 1926

American

Zach BraffZach Braff
(Actor, Director)

06 April 1975

American

Warren BeattyWarren Beatty
(Actor)

30 March 1937

American

Dermot MulroneyDermot Mulroney
(Actor)

31 October 1963

American

Cloris LeachmanCloris Leachman
(Comedian, Actress)

30 April 1926

American

Jerry SpringerJerry Springer
(Talk Show Host, Former Politician, Former News Anchor)

13 February 1944

American

Robert Philip HanssenRobert Hanssen
(Former FBI Agent & Spy for the Soviet Union)

18 April 1944

American

Paul LyndePaul Lynde

13 June 1926

American

Noah WyleNoah Wyle
(Actor)

04 June 1971

American

Jennifer JonesJennifer Jones
(Actress)

02 March 1919

American

William Jennings BryanWilliam Jennings Bryan
(Former United States Secretary of State)

19 March 1860

American

James R. Jim JarmuschJim Jarmusch
(American film director)

22 January 1953

American

Charlie BakerCharlie Baker
(72nd Governor of Massachusetts)

13 November 1956

American

Adlai Stevenson IIAdlai Stevenson II

05 February 1900

American

Claude AkinsClaude Akins
(Actor)

25 May 1926

American

Saul Bellow Saul Bellow
(Novelist)

10 June 1915

American

Andrew FastowAndrew Fastow
(Former CFO of Enron)

22 December 1961

American

Allan CarrAllan Carr
(American Producer)

27 May 1937

American

Maulik PancholyMaulik Pancholy
(Actor)

18 January 1974

American

Virginia SatirVirginia Satir
(American author)

26 June 1916

American

Cheddi JaganCheddi Jagan
(Guyana's Father of Nation)

22 March 1918

Guyanese

James R. ThompsonJames R. Thompson
(Lawyer, Politician)

08 May 1936

American

Charles Horace MayoCharles Horace Mayo
(Surgeon)

19 July 1865

American

George Joseph StiglerGeorge Joseph Stigler
(Economist)

17 January 1911

American

Richard Benjamin HarrisonRichard Benjamin Harrison
(Businessperson)

04 March 1941

American

Ann-MargretAnn-Margret
(Singer, Stage actor, Film actor)

28 April 1941

Swedish,American

Shelley LongShelley Long

1949 AD

Greg BerlantiGreg Berlanti
(Screenwriter, Film director, Film producer, Television director)

24 May 1972

American

Sidney SheldonSidney Sheldon
(Writer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Playwright, Film director, Actor, Television producer, Author)

11 February 1917

American

Steve AlbiniSteve Albini
(Record producer, Singer, Engineer, Audio engineer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Journalist, Music journalist)

22 July 1962

American

Ira GlassIra Glass
(Radio producer, Radio personality, Actor)

03 March 1959

American

Edgar BergenEdgar Bergen
(Actor, Radio personality)

16 February 1903

American

Shawn FanningShawn Fanning
(Computer scientist, Programmer)

22 November 1980

American

Dick TufeldDick Tufeld
(Actor, Television actor)

11 December 1926

American

David BoiesDavid Boies
(Lawyer)

11 March 1941

American

Ralph BuncheRalph Bunche

1904 AD

American

Debi ThomasDebi Thomas
(Figure skater)

25 March 1967

American

George StiglerGeorge Stigler
(Economist)

17 January 1911

American

John MeriwetherJohn Meriwether
(Banker, Financier)

10 August 1947

American

Herschell Gordon LewisHerschell Gordon Lewis
(Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Actor)

15 June 1929

American

Thomas StarzlThomas Starzl
(Physician)

11 March 1926

American

Ned RoremNed Rorem
(Composer, Diarist, Writer, University teacher, Actor)

23 October 1923

American

Sheldon HarnickSheldon Harnick
(Poet, Writer, Songwriter, Librettist)

30 April 1924

American

Todd MartinTodd Martin
(Tennis player, Tennis coach)

08 July 1970

American

Margaret WalkerMargaret Walker
(novelist, poet, university teacher, writer)

07 July 1915

American

Matt GreversMatt Grevers
(Swimmer)

26 March 1985

American

Ali BabacanAli Babacan
(Politician, Diplomat)

04 April 1967

Turkish

David IvesDavid Ives
(Playwright)

11 July 1950

American

Chester GouldChester Gould
(Cartoonist)

20 November 1900

American

Juan ColeJuan Cole
(Historian, Blogger, University teacher)

23 October 1952

American

Daniel PetrieDaniel Petrie
(Film director, Film producer)

26 November 1920

Canadian

Al FromAl From

31 May 1943

American

Arthur J. GoldbergArthur J. Goldberg

1908 AD

Arthur Joseph GoldbergArthur Joseph Goldberg
(Politician, Lawyer)
James R. JarmuschJames R. Jarmusch
(Film Score Composer, Film Producer, Screenwriter)

22 January 1953

American

Shelley Lee LongShelley Lee Long
(Actor)