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.
Hugh HefnerHugh Hefner
(Founder of Playboy Magazine)

09 April 1926

27 September 2017

Chicago

American

Aries

Stephen ColbertStephen Colbert
(American comedian)

13 May 1964

Washington, D.C., United States

American

Taurus

Meghan MarkleMeghan Markle
(Actress)

04 August 1981

Los Angeles, California

American

Leo

Zooey DeschanelZooey Deschanel
(Actress)

17 January 1980

Los Angeles

American

Capricorn

Julia Louis-DreyfusJulia Louis-Dreyfus
(Actress)

13 January 1961

New York City

American

Capricorn

Cloris LeachmanCloris Leachman
(Comedian, Actress)

30 April 1926

Des Moines, Iowa

American

Taurus

Dermot MulroneyDermot Mulroney
(Actor)

31 October 1963

Alexandria, Virginia, United States

American

Scorpio

Warren BeattyWarren Beatty
(Actor)

30 March 1937

Richmond

American

Aries

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

13 February 1944

Highgate

American

Aquarius

Charlton HestonCharlton Heston
(Actor)

04 October 1923

05 April 2008

Evanston

American

Libra

Cindy CrawfordCindy Crawford

20 February 1966

DeKalb

American

Pisces

Zach BraffZach Braff
(Actor, Director)

06 April 1975

South Orange, New Jersey, U.S.

American

Aries

James R. Jim JarmuschJim Jarmusch
(American film director)

22 January 1953

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, United States

American

Aquarius

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

18 April 1944

Chicago

American

Aries

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

19 March 1860

26 July 1925

Salem

American

Pisces

Paul LyndePaul Lynde

13 June 1926

10 January 1982

Mount Vernon, Ohio, U.S.

American

Gemini

Jennifer JonesJennifer Jones
(Actress)

02 March 1919

17 December 2009

Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.

American

Pisces

Adlai Stevenson IIAdlai Stevenson II

05 February 1900

14 July 1965

Los Angeles

American

Aquarius

Saul Bellow Saul Bellow
(Novelist)

10 June 1915

05 April 2005

Lachine, Quebec, Canada

American

Gemini

Charlie BakerCharlie Baker
(72nd Governor of Massachusetts)

13 November 1956

Elmira, New York, U.S.

American

Scorpio

Maulik PancholyMaulik Pancholy
(Actor)

18 January 1974

Dayton, Ohio, United States

American

Capricorn

Virginia SatirVirginia Satir
(American author)

26 June 1916

10 September 1988

Wisconsin

American

Cancer

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

08 May 1936

Chicago, Illinois

American

Taurus

Cheddi JaganCheddi Jagan
(Guyana's Father of Nation)

22 March 1918

06 March 1997

Port Mourant

Guyanese

Aries

Allan CarrAllan Carr
(American Producer)

27 May 1937

29 June 1999

Chicago

American

Gemini

Charles Horace MayoCharles Horace Mayo
(Surgeon)

19 July 1865

26 May 1939

Rochester

American

Cancer

George Joseph StiglerGeorge Joseph Stigler
(Economist)

17 January 1911

01 December 1991

Seattle

American

Capricorn

Shelley LongShelley Long

1949 AD

Debi ThomasDebi Thomas
(Figure skater)

25 March 1967

Poughkeepsie

American

Aries

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

28 April 1941

Valsjöbyn

Swedish,American

Taurus

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

22 July 1962

Pasadena

American

Cancer

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

24 May 1972

Rye (city), New York

American

Gemini

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

11 February 1917

30 January 2007

Chicago

American

Aquarius

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

03 March 1959

Baltimore

American

Pisces

Richard Benjamin HarrisonRichard Benjamin Harrison
(Businessperson)

04 March 1941

Danville

American

Pisces

Shawn FanningShawn Fanning
(Computer scientist, Programmer)

22 November 1980

Brockton

American

Scorpio

Ralph BuncheRalph Bunche

1904 AD

1971 AD

Edgar BergenEdgar Bergen
(Actor, Radio personality)

16 February 1903

30 September 1978

Chicago

American

Aquarius

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

23 October 1923

Richmond

American

Libra

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

15 June 1929

26 September 2016

Pittsburgh

American

Gemini

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

30 April 1924

Chicago

American

Taurus

David BoiesDavid Boies
(Lawyer)

11 March 1941

Marengo

American

Pisces

George StiglerGeorge Stigler
(Economist)

17 January 1911

01 December 1991

Seattle

American

Capricorn

John MeriwetherJohn Meriwether
(Banker, Financier)

10 August 1947

Chicago

American

Leo

David IvesDavid Ives
(Playwright)

11 July 1950

Chicago

American

Cancer

Juan ColeJuan Cole
(Historian, Blogger, University teacher)

23 October 1952

Albuquerque

American

Libra

Thomas StarzlThomas Starzl
(Physician)

11 March 1926

04 March 2017

Le Mars

American

Pisces

Chester GouldChester Gould
(Cartoonist)

20 November 1900

11 May 1985

Pawnee

American

Scorpio

Ali BabacanAli Babacan
(Politician, Diplomat)

04 April 1967

Ankara

Turkish

Aries

Todd MartinTodd Martin
(Tennis player, Tennis coach)

08 July 1970

Hinsdale

American

Cancer

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

07 July 1915

30 November 1998

Birmingham

American

Cancer

Matt GreversMatt Grevers
(Swimmer)

26 March 1985

Lake Forest

American

Aries

Dick TufeldDick Tufeld
(Actor, Television actor)

11 December 1926

22 January 2012

Los Angeles

American

Sagittarius

Daniel PetrieDaniel Petrie
(Film director, Film producer)

26 November 1920

22 August 2004

Glace Bay, Nova Scotia

Canadian

Sagittarius

Al FromAl From

31 May 1943

South Bend, Indiana

American

Gemini

Arthur J. GoldbergArthur J. Goldberg

1908 AD

1990 AD

Arthur Joseph GoldbergArthur Joseph Goldberg
(Politician, Lawyer)

Shelley Lee LongShelley Lee Long
(Actor)
James R. JarmuschJames R. Jarmusch
(Film Score Composer, Film Producer, Screenwriter)

22 January 1953

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, United States

American

Aquarius

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