New York University (NYU) is one of the world's premier residential research and teaching institutions. This partial list of notable New York University alumni includes a sampling of the many graduates who are leaders in their respective fields, non-graduate former students, fictional students, and current students of New York University. The list is abridged—only a representative few are listed. NYU ranks 7th among the World's top 100 universities for producing millionaires, as compiled by Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
NYU ranks 5th globally among universities with the highest number of alumni worth $30 million or more, as compiled by ABC News. CNBC ranks NYU 4th globally among universities with the most billionaire graduates. National Academy of Inventors ranks NYU 19th in the world based on the number of patents generated. In 2016, a study based on a computerized analysis of the number of times institutions of higher education are mentioned in Wikipedia and the number of times people search for them on Google, ranked NYU #19 among all universities in the world. NYU also is the second top feeder school for analyst careers in finance and investment banking, after University of Pennsylvania, on Wall Street.
- 1 Legend
- 2 Academia and research
- 3 Business
- 4 Entertainment
- 5 Medicine
- 6 Music
- 7 Politics, law and government
- 8 Press, literature and arts
- 9 Sports
- 10 Other
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
The following abbreviations and notes are used to represent NYU schools and colleges:
|*||Did not graduate|
|CAS||College of Arts and Science|
|DENT||College of Dentistry|
|NURSING||Rory Meyers College of Nursing|
|GAL||Gallatin School of Individualized Study|
|GSAS||Graduate School of Arts and Science|
|IFA||Institute of Fine Arts|
|SPS||School of Professional Studies|
|ENG||School of Engineering (discontinued/merged; now POLY)|
|LAW||School of Law|
|MED||School of Medicine|
|POLY||Tandon School of Engineering|
|SSW||Ehrenkranz School of Social Work|
|STEINHARDT||Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development|
|STERN||Stern School of Business|
|TSOA||Tisch School of the Arts|
|ARTS||University College of Arts and Sciences (discontinued/merged; now CAS)|
|WAG||Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service|
|SHA||New York University Shanghai|
|WSC||Washington Square College (discontinued/merged; now CAS)|
In 1973, the New York University School of Engineering and Science merged into Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, which in turn merged into NYU to form New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering in 2014. In 2015, a $100 million gift from Chandrika and Ranjan Tandon for engineering at NYU resulted in the school changing its name to NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
Academia and research
|John S. Allen||1936||GSAS||Ph.D.||First president of the University of South Florida in Tampa; interim president of the University of Florida in Gainesville|||
|Samuel Baskin||1974||GSAS||Ph.D.||First president of the Union Institute & University in Cincinnati|||
|Edward J. Bloustein||1948||WSC||B.A.||Seventeenth president of Rutgers University; professor at NYU Law|||
|William Boylan||Master of Pedagogy||First president of Brooklyn College|||
|Truesdel Peck Calkins||Founder and first president of Hofstra University|||
|Frank A. Cipriani||GSAS||M.A., Ph.D.||Fifth President of SUNY Farmingdale|||
|Katharine Culbert Lyall||1969||Stern||M.B.A.||President, University of Wisconsin–Madison; President of the University of Wisconsin System|
|Urban Gonnoud||1958||Stern||M.B.A.||15th President of St. Francis College|
|John Anderson Fry||1986||Stern||M.B.A.||President, Drexel University|
|Michael J. Garanzini||1978||STEINHARDT||M.A.||President and Chancellor, Loyola University Chicago|||
|Marian Stoltz-Loike||1984||GSAS||Ph.D.||Dean of Lander College for Women and Vice President of Touro College|
|Hugh M. Gloster||1943||GSAS||Ph.D.||Seventh president of Morehouse College|||
|Gabriel Hawawini||1977||GSAS||Ph.D.||Dean, INSEAD, 2000–2006|||
|Richard Joel||1972, 1975||Law||B.A., J.D.||Fourth president of Yeshiva University, 2003–2017|||
|Kim Won-yong||1959||Ph.D.||'Father of Korean Archaeology', Prof. Seoul National University|
|Paul Kurtz||1948||WSC||B.A.||The "Pope of the unbelievers"|||
|James Milliken||1983||Law||J.D.||President of the University of Nebraska; Chancellor of the City University of New York|||
|Donald Moon||1958||ENG||M.S.||President of Shimer College|||
|Leonard Peikoff||1964||GSAS||Ph.D.||Intellectual heir of Ayn Rand; leading figure of Objectivism|
|Nicanor Reyes, Sr.||1917||Stern||B.A.||Founder and first president of the Far Eastern University in Manila, Philippines|||
|Lawrence G. Smith||M.D.||Founding dean of Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine|
|Samuel Merrill Woodbridge||1838||B.A.||Led New Brunswick seminary as Dean and President of the Faculty from 1883 to 1901|||
|Howard Zinn||1951||CAS||B.A.||Author of A People's History of the United States|
|Norman Lamm||POLY||President and chancellor of Yeshiva University|
|John Cagnetta||POLY||Dean of engineering at University of Hartford; trustee of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; professor and researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale University; member of the United Nations International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Committee; President of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering; Vice President at Northeast Utilities|||
|Hermann Viets||POLY||President of Milwaukee School of Engineering|
|Eugene DeLoatch||1966, 1972||POLY||M.S., Ph.D.||Founding Dean of the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. School of Engineering at Maryland's Morgan State University. Chaired the department of electrical engineering at Howard University. First black president of the American Society of Engineering Education.|||
|Jeffrey P. Freidberg||1961, 1962, 1964||POLY||B.S., M.S., Ph.D.||Professor emeritus and former head of the Nuclear Science and Engineering Department at MIT (1997–2003); former associate director of MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center|||
|John P. Schaefer||POLY||President of University of Arizona|
|Richard Gross||POLY||M.S., Ph.D.||Constellation Chaired Professor of Biocatalysis and Metabolic Engineering; Full Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; developed new ways to produce environmentally friendly polymers that use less energy and toxic materials in such products as plastics|||
|Joyce F. Brown||1971, 1980||GSAS||M.S., Ph.D.||President of the Fashion Institute of Technology|
|Frederick Reines||GSAS||Ph.D.||Professor and chair of physics at Case Western Reserve University|
|Herbert George Welch||POLY||President of Ohio Wesleyan University|
|Peter G. Jordan||POLY||Vice Chancellor of CUNY; President of Tarrant County College; dean at New York Institute of Technology; dean at Adelphi University; overseer for Colby College|||
|Shirley D. Peterson||Law||J.D.||President of Hood College; sat on the Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr College from 1994 to 2007; currently a Trustee Emerita of Bryn Mawr College|
|Jeremy Travis||Law||J.D.||President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice|
|Jessica Garretson Finch||Law||J.D.||Founding president of Finch College|
|Paul Tagliabue||Law||J.D.||Chairman of Board of Directors of Georgetown University|
|Herbert Carlin||POLY||Director of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University; professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and École Normale Supérieure, Paris|
|K. Mani Chandy||POLY||Chair of engineering and applied sciences at the California Institute of Technology; National Academy of Engineering member|
|Kenneth Connor||POLY||Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering Department Head from 2001 to 2008 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; IEEE Fellow|
|Josef Singer||POLY||President of Technion – Israel Institute of Technology|
|Fortunato de la Peña||POLY||Chairman of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at University of the Philippines College of Engineering|
|Eleanor K. Baum||POLY||Cooper Union Engineering School Dean; served as Dean at Pratt Institute; the first female dean of an engineering school in the United States|
|Bruno A. Boley||POLY||Dean of Engineering at Northwestern University; National Academy of Engineering member|
|Richard E. Sorensen||POLY||Dean of Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech|
|John Sterling Kingsley||POLY||Chair of Biology at Tufts University|
|Richard S. Stein||POLY||Founder and Professor of the Polymer Science and Engineering Department at University of Massachusetts Amherst; Member of National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering; Fulbright Visiting Professor at Kyoto University; National Research Council Fellow at Cambridge University; Research Associate at Princeton University|
|Martha Greenblatt||POLY||Chair of the Chemistry Department at Rutgers University|
|Harold S. Goldberg||POLY||Dean of the Tufts University School of Engineering; Gordon Prize winner; National Academy of Engineering member|
|Russell K. Hotzler||POLY||President of New York City College of Technology|
|Fazlollah Reza||POLY||Head of Sharif University of Technology and University of Tehran; professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and McGill University; Fellow of the IEEE|
|Virginia P. Ruesterholz||POLY||Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology|
|Yehuda (Leo) Levi||POLY||Rector at the Jerusalem College of Technology|
|David J. Palmer||POLY||Department Head and Professor of Marine Engineering at United States Merchant Marine Academy|||
|Victor Wallace||POLY||Chairman of the Computer Science Department at the University of Kansas; professor at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and University of London; IEEE Fellow|||
|Martin H. Graham||1952||POLY||Ph.D.||Chair of the Computer Science Department at University of California, Berkeley; professor at Rice University; designer of the Rice Institute Computer; served as Secretary of the Academic Senate, University of California from 1978 to 1980|||
|Jerome Gavis||POLY||Chairman of the chemical engineering department at Johns Hopkins University; National Academy of Science member; helped develop methods of separating solid waste components|||
|Newt Margulies||POLY||Dean and Professor of Management in the College of Business Administration at California State University, San Marcos; former Dean of the School of Business, University of California, Irvine|||
|William B. Kouwenhoven||POLY||Dean of Johns Hopkins School of Engineering|
|Eugene M. Lang||POLY||Chair emeritus of the Board of Swarthmore College|||
|Charles Waldo Haskins||POLY||Founder and first dean of New York University Stern School of Business|
|Charles E. Anderson||POLY||Dean at University of Wisconsin, Madison|
|A. Michael Noll||POLY||Dean at University of Southern California|||
|Samuel Levy||Law||B.A., J.D.||Chairman of the Yeshiva University Board of Trustees|
|Clive|Dym||POLY||Chair of the engineering department at Harvey Mudd College; professor at Stanford University; Gordon Prize winner; National Academy of Engineering member|
|Elmer L. Gaden||POLY||Former chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at Columbia University; Russ Prize winner; National Academy of Engineering member|
|Cathy Minehan||STERN||MBA||Dean of the School of Management at Simmons College|
|Jack Baskin||ENG||Founder of the Jack Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz|
|Alexander Schure||ENG||President of New York Institute of Technology|
|Alfred Gessow||ENG||Chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and professor at the University of Maryland, College Park; professor at University of Virginia; awarded NASA Exceptional Service Medal|
|Arthur Bienenstock||POLY||Vice Provost and Dean of Research at Stanford University; former director of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource|||
|W. J. Seeley||POLY||Dean of Duke University's Edmund T. Pratt Jr. School of Engineering; served as chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department at Duke University; professor at University of Pennsylvania; director of the Naval Ordnance Laboratory|||
|Iris Weinshall||WAG||Vice chancellor at the City University of New York|
|Gerald W. Lynch||President of John Jay College|
|John Harvey Kellogg||Founder of American Medical Missionary College; invented corn flakes|
|Giacomo M. Oliva||1982||STEINHARDT||Ed.D.||Dean of the Hixson–Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln|||
|Rustica Carpio||1956||STEINHARDT||M.A.||Chairperson and first dean of the College of Communication of Polytechnic University of the Philippines; Dean of the College of Mass Communication at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila; Fulbright Scholar|
|Brant J. Hellwig||2000||Law||LL.M.||Dean and Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law|||
- J. David Bleich (born 1936), rabbi and authority on Jewish law and ethics
- Francis Kilcoyne (died 1985), President of Brooklyn College
Professors, researchers and scientists
|Neil Garg||2000||CAS||B.S.||UCLA Professor & Kenneth N. Trueblood Endowed Chair|
|Sylvan Barnet||1948||CAS||B.A.||Shakespearean scholar|
|E. Lloyd Du Brul||1937||DENT||D.D.S.||Author of Sicher and Du Brul's Oral Anatomy|
|Avery Fisher||1929||ARTS||B.S.||Inventor of the first stereo radio-phonograph|
|Caroline D. Gentile||1949||M.A.||Associate professor emeritus of education; physical education instructor; longest-serving faculty member of the University of Maine at Presque Isle|||
|Corwin Hansch||GSAS||Ph.D.||Inventor of the Hansch equation|
|Tito Boeri||1990||Ph.D.||Professor at Bocconi University, Milan; director of Fondazione RDB|
|Eric R. Kandel||1955||Med||M.D.||2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|
|Peter Lax||1947, 1949||GSAS||B.A., Ph.D.||2005 Abel Prize laureate|
|Leonard Linkow||1952||College of Dentistry||DDS||Pioneer in oral implantology; nominated for Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1969|||
|Martin Hellman||1966||ENG||B.S.||Invented public key cryptography; inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame; Turing Award winner|
|John Harvey Kellogg||1875||Med||Co-inventor of Kellogg's cereals|
|Barbara Keyfitz||1970||Courant||Ph.D.||Director of the Fields Institute|
|David Korn||1969||Courant||Ph.D.||Creator of the Korn shell|
|Boris Aronov||1986, 1989||Courant||M.S., Ph.D.||Computer scientist; professor at New York University Tandon School of Engineering; Sloan Research Fellow|
|Gerald Soffen||Postdoc||Chief scientist of the Viking missions to Mars in 1976|
|Salvatore Stolfo||1979||Courant||Ph.D.||Professor at Columbia University|
|Cathleen Synge Morawetz||1951||Ph.D.||National Academy of Science|
|Lee Morin||1978–1982||Med||M.Sc., M.D., Ph.D.||Astronaut|
|Louis Nirenberg||1949||Courant||Ph.D.||National Academy of Science|
|Frederick Reines||1944||GSAS||Ph.D.||1995 Nobel Prize in Physics|
|Clifford Shull||1941||GSAS||Ph.D.||1994 Nobel Prize in Physics|
|John Wellborn Root||1969||ARTS||B.S.||Inventor of the floating raft system|
|Dennis Tito||1962||CAS||B.A.||First commercial space flight customer|
|Victor Twersky||1950||GSAS||Ph.D.||OSA Fellow, IEEE Fellow and Professor (1966-1990) of Applied Mathematics, University of Illinois at Chicago|
|George Wald||1927||WSC||B.S.||1967 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|
|Barbara Wertheimer||1960||M.A||Co-founder and Director, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations|
|Robert M. White||1951||ENG||B.S.||Air Force test pilot|
|Minoru Yamasaki||1951||GSAS||M.A.||Works include the World Trade Center|
|George W. Melville||POLY||Engineer-in-chief of the United States Navy; Congressional Gold Medal winner|
|Erwin Lutwak||POLY||mathematician, inaugural Fellow of the American Mathematical Society|
|Gerard A. Alphonse||POLY||2005 president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)|
|Harold Horton Sheldon||POLY||Invented a precision photoelectric color-scope measurement instrument, more accurate than the human eye; professor at University of Michigan, University of Chicago, University of Miami and NYU|
|Ben Zinn||1961||ENG||B.S.||International soccer player and academic at the Georgia Institute of Technology; Member of the National Academy of Engineering|||
|Ami Miron||POLY||Received two Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards|
|Donald J. Metz||POLY||Nuclear engineer at Brookhaven National Laboratory|
|Jay Kappraff||POLY||Professor at Cooper Union; NASA aerospace engineer|
|Torunn Atteraas Garin||POLY||Oversaw the development of the artificial sweetener aspartame and was a national spokesperson for it. Developed nontoxic processes to create food colorings and remove caffeine from coffee|
|Pat Villani||POLY||Author of DOS-C, the FreeDOS kernel|
|Richard J. Orford||1962||POLY||Developed the first CRT display based automated teller machine and the first ATM using touch screen color graphic display. Developed the industry first bank-from-home banking system for Citicorp.|||
|Peter Hänggi||POLY||Theoretical physicist best known for his original works on Brownian motion and ratchets, stochastic resonance and dissipative systems (classical and quantum)|
|Alexander Johnston||POLY||Professor at Princeton University|
|Ernest Bernbaum||POLY||Professor at Harvard University|
|Ines Mandl||POLY||Professor at Columbia University; American Academy of Arts and Sciences member; awarded the Garvan-Olin Medal in 1983 for her work on the enzyme collagenase|
|Frances Hugle||POLY||Microscopic and integrated circuitry pioneer; inventor of tape-automated bonding|
|James Wood||POLY||Fabricated the steel cables for the Brooklyn Bridge, making cable-lift elevators possible; contributed to the inventions of lockmaking, submarine, design of the modern refrigerator, A/C generator, electric motors, and transformer; held 240 patents|||
|Alan Schriesheim||POLY||Director Emeritus and the retired CEO of Argonne National Laboratory; professor at University of Chicago; National Academy of Engineering member|
|Jay Greene||POLY||Chief Engineer of NASA Johnson Space Center|
|Bern Dibner||POLY||Discovered how to connect electrical conductors still used today. Assembled one of the world's most important history of science libraries, now housed at MIT and the National Museum of American History|
|Norman Gaylord||POLY||Played a prominent role in the development of permeable contact lenses|
|Charles Camarda||POLY||Astronaut; NASA scientist and mission specialist on the Return to Flight voyage of the shuttle Discovery|
|Paolo A. Nespoli||POLY||Italian astronaut, mission specialist at STS-120 Space Shuttle mission|
|Thomas J. Kelly||POLY||Scientist; "father" of the Apollo Lunar Module|
|Jack Ruina||POLY||DARPA director; MIT professor emeritus|
|Robert O'Handley||POLY||MS, PhD||MIT professor and research scientist|||
|Michael Strano||1997||POLY||B.S.||Carbon P. Dubbs Professor of Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology|||
|Howard A. Chinn||POLY||Pioneered techniques of analog audio recording, and radio and television broadcasting; was chief audio engineer at CBS, and a researcher at MIT and Harvard.|||
|Fredric J. Harris||POLY||Co-inventor of the Blackman-Harris Filter|
|Hugh John Casey||POLY||Designer of the Pentagon|
|Samuel Ruben||POLY||Inventor who made lasting contributions to electrochemistry and solid-state technology, including the founding of Duracell; held more than 300 patents|
|Ephraim Katzir||POLY||Fourth President of Israel; chief scientist of the Israel Defense Department|
|Bill Friend||POLY||Chairman of the University of California's President's Council on the National Laboratories; National Academy of Engineering member|
|Albert Macovski||POLY||Professor (Emeritus) at Stanford University; National Academy of Engineering member|
|Christos V. Massalas||POLY||Professor at Trinity College, Dublin; Fulbright scholar|
|Irwin Kra||POLY||Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Edward R. Knowles||POLY||Designed searchlights for the U.S. Navy; invented the storage battery|||
|John G. Trump||POLY||Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; National Academy of Engineering member; developed rotational radiation therapy; with Robert J. Van de Graaff, developed one of the first million-volt X-ray generators|
|Hamilton Castner||POLY||Industrial chemist; invented methods to produce sodium metal and sodium hydroxide from soda ash and salt respectively; awarded Elliott Cresson Medal|
|George Glauberman||POLY||Professor at University of Chicago; Fellow of the American Mathematical Society; proved the ZJ theorem and the Z* theorem|
|Jules Bellisio||POLY||Chief Scientist at Telcordia Technologies|
|Lew Tucker||POLY||Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Cisco Systems|||
|Herbert Carlin||POLY||Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cornell University|
|Charles D. Strang||POLY||Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|David J. Thomson||POLY||Professor at Princeton University, Stanford University, MIT, and University of Cambridge. Invented the Multitaper|
|Arthur Bienenstock||POLY||President of American Physical Society; professor at Stanford University|
|Ronald R. Yager||POLY||Professor at University of California, Berkeley; invented Ordered weighted averaging aggregation operator|
|Peter Pershan||POLY||Professor at Harvard University|
|Judea Pearl||POLY||Professor at UCLA; awarded Turing Award in 2011; Member of the National Academy of Engineering; Member of the National Academy of Sciences|
|Mischa Schwartz||POLY||Professor at Columbia University; National Academy of Engineering member|
|Erol Gelenbe||POLY||Professor at Imperial College London and Duke University; invented G-networks and random neural network|
|Martha Greenblatt||POLY||Professor at Rutgers University|
|Steven L. Goldman||POLY||Professor at Lehigh University|
|John Archibald Wheeler||GSAS||Wolf Prize in Physics winner; professor at Princeton University; worked with the Manhattan Project's Metallurgical Laboratory in Chicago, where he helped design nuclear reactors; helped design and build the hydrogen bomb; Guggenheim Fellow|
|Buddy Ratner||POLY||Professor at University of Washington; National Academy of Engineering member|
|Ronald Silverman||POLY||Professor of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College; Professor of Ophthalmic Science at Columbia University Medical Center|
|Don Torrieri||POLY||Professor at Johns Hopkins University; research engineer and fellow of the US Army Research Laboratory|
|Edward A. Frieman||POLY||Professor at Princeton University; Director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Guggenheim Fellow|
|Grigori Perelman||COURANT||Fields Medal winner; proved the soul conjecture and Thurston's geometrization conjecture|
|Leopold B. Felsen||POLY||Professor at Boston University; National Academy of Engineering member; Guggenheim Fellow|
|Francesco DeMaria||POLY||Professor at University of Connecticut|
|Erich E. Kunhardt||POLY||Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology|
|Bishnu S. Atal||POLY||Professor at University of Washington; Member of the National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences|
|Robert H. Lieberman||POLY||Professor at Cornell University; Fulbright scholar|||
|Hugh Seidman||POLY||Professor at University of Wisconsin, Yale University, Columbia University, the College of William and Mary, and The New School|
|Clayton Hamilton||POLY||Professor at Columbia University|
|William B. Kouwenhoven||POLY||Inventor of closed-chest cardiac defibrillator; recipient of Edison Medal; professor at Johns Hopkins University|
|Linda Weiser Friedman||POLY||Professor of Statistics and Computer Information Systems at Baruch College and the CUNY Graduate Center|
|George Preti||POLY||Professor at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine|
|Gerald J. Popek||ENG||Professor at UCLA|
|Hung-Chang Lin||POLY||Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland; invented the quasi-complementary (transistor) amplifier circuit, the lateral transistor, and the wireless microphone; held 61 patents|
|John Sterling Kingsley||POLY||Professor at University of Illinois|
|Murray S. Klamkin||POLY||Professor at University of Minnesota and SUNY Buffalo|
|Richard J. Gambino||POLY||Professor at Stony Brook University; National Academy of Engineering member; holds 40 patents|
|Anthony M. Johnson||POLY||Professor at University of Maryland|
|Steve Wallach||POLY||Professor at Rice University; holds 33 patents; member of the National Academy of Engineering|
|Peter Staecker||POLY||President of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; researcher at MIT Lincoln Laboratory|
|Andrew Herrmann||POLY||President of the American Society of Civil Engineers|
|Joel B. Snyder||POLY||President of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers|
|Eli M. Pearce||POLY||President of the American Chemical Society; designed fire-resistant polymers.|||
|David Goodman||ENG||Introduced the first practical application of a wireless infostation that can communicate information to and from a PDA or notebook computer; served as a Research Associate at the Program on Information Resources Policy at Harvard University; longtime NYU Poly faculty member; member of the National Academy of Engineering; foreign member of the Royal Academy of Engineering; Fellow of the IEEE|||
|Morris Janowitz||WSC||Made major contributions to sociological theory|
|Michael A. Kelly||1963||POLY||MSEE||Chief Research Scientist, Research and Development Manager at Hewlett-Packard; professor at Stanford University|||
|Martin Pope||POLY||Professor emeritus at New York University|
|Walter Brenner||POLY||Professor at New York University|
|Bancroft Gherardi, Jr.||POLY||IEEE Edison Medal winner; President of American Institute of Electrical Engineers; National Academy of Sciences member|
|Mario Cardullo||POLY||Invented Radio-frequency identification (RFID)|
|Robert G. Brown||POLY||Invented the first telephone handset|
|Joel S. Engel||POLY||National Medal of Technology and Innovation winner; Charles Stark Draper Prize winner; Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Ameritech; National Academy of Engineering member|
|Joseph Owades||POLY||Inventor of Lite beer|
|Len Shustek||POLY||Professor at Carnegie-Mellon University and Stanford University|
|Eugene Fasullo||POLY||Chief Engineer of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey|
|Martin Schechter||POLY||Professor and founding director of the School of Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia|
|Rossiter W. Raymond||POLY||Professor at Columbia University|
|Henry L. Bachman||1951, 1954||POLY||BSEE, MSEE||IEEE president in 1987; served as Vice President of BAE Systems; Fellow of the IEEE|||
|John Gilbert||POLY||Inventor of non-stick coating as an application of Teflon; invented devices ranging from a multiple-head pasta extruder for the Ronzoni Company to miniaturized registers for the U.S. Army Signal Corps; Chief Scientist at DuPont|||
|Henry C. Goldmark||POLY||Designed and installed the Panama Canal locks|
|Mario Tchou||POLY||Created Olivetti Elea, Italy's first computer|
|Leopold Just||POLY||Designed virtually every major bridge and tunnel in New York City, as well as Washington Metro, Ohio Turnpike and Connecticut Turnpike|
|Jasper H. Kane||POLY||Developed the practical, deep-tank fermentation method for production of large quantities of pharmaceutical-grade penicillin|
|Nathan Marcuvitz||POLY||Head of the experimental group of the Radiation Laboratory (MIT); Member of the National Academy of Engineering|
|Leonard Bergstein||POLY||Developed the original zoom lens and patented several different variations of his invention|||
|Jacob Bekenstein||POLY||Wolf Prize in Physics winner; best known for his part in the discovery of what is now called Bekenstein-Hawking radiation|||
|Jerome H. Lemelson||ENG||Holder of 605 patents; established the Lemelson Foundation; one of the most prolific inventors in American history; several of his inventions and works in the fields in which he patented have made possible, either wholly or in part, innovations like automated warehouses, industrial robots, cordless telephones, fax machines, videocassette recorders, camcorders, and the magnetic tape drive used in tape players|||
|Ali Akansu||1983, 1987||POLY||M.S., Ph.D.||Professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology best known for his contributions to subband and wavelet transforms|
|Jack M. Sipress||POLY||Contributed to the development of submarine communications facilities; Member of the National Academy of Engineering|
|Benjamin Adler||POLY||Helped develop commercial television|||
|Robert Zwanzig||POLY||Professor at Johns Hopkins University; Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences|
|Barouh Berkovits||POLY||Invented the cardiac defibrillator and artificial cardiac pacemaker|
|John B. MacChesney||ENG||Winner of Charles Stark Draper Prize|
|Gerard J. Foschini||ENG||professor at Princeton University|
|Lawrence J. Fogel||ENG||Inventor of active noise cancellation|
|Leonard Greene||ENG||Inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame|
|Michael I. Yarymovych||ENG||Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force (1973–1975); Guggenheim Fellow|
|Alexander H. Flax||ENG||Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force (1959–1961)|
|Robert S. Swarz||ENG||Co-director of the Systems Engineering Practice Office of MITRE Corporation|
|John Colagioia||POLY||Invented Thue (programming language)|
|George Doundoulakis||POLY||Designed what was until very recently the largest radio telescope in the world|||
|Jerome Swartz||POLY||Developed early optical strategies for barcode scanning technologies; served as the project manager on NASA's Apollo Space Radiation Warning System program; National Academy of Engineering member|||
|Helias Doundoulakis||POLY||Patented the suspension system for the largest radio telescope in the world|
|Ahmed Cemal Eringen||POLY||Turkish-American engineering scientist; professor at Princeton University; namesake of the Eringen Medal|
|Henrik Ager-Hanssen||ENG||Norwegian nuclear physicist and businessperson; Member of the National Academy of Engineering|
|Bede Liu||1956, 1960||POLY||M.E.E., D.E.E.||Pioneer in digital signal processing. Professor at Princeton University; member of the National Academy of Engineering; Life Fellow of IEEE|||
|Subrata K. Sen||POLY||Joseph F. Cullman III professor and researcher at Yale University|||
|Roy LoPresti||ENG||Worked on the Apollo Moon Program; served as advisor to the US Congress; designed LoPresti Fury; designed the Grumman American AA-5; Chief Engineer and Vice President of Engineering at Mooney Aviation Company, where he designed the Mooney 201|
|Ralph Wyndrum||1963||ENG||Eng. Sc.D||2006 President of IEEE; Vice President of Technology at AT&T; Director for Bell Labs; professor at Rutgers University|||
|Robert Sobel||Professor of history at Hofstra University; well-known and prolific writer of business histories|
|Elliott Skinner||Anthropologist; Guggenheim Fellow|
|James Ax||POLY||Mathematics professor at Stanford University and Cornell University; won Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Number Theory; proved Ax–Grothendieck theorem and Ax–Kochen theorem; Guggenheim Fellow|
|Russell A. Kirsch||ENG||Developed the first digital image scanner|
|E. Gail de Planque||1983||GSAS||Ph.D.||Nuclear physicist; first woman to become a Commissioner at the US government's Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC); National Academy of Engineering member|
|Jacob Wolfowitz||1942||Courant||Ph.D.||Statistician and Shannon Award-winning information theorist; professor at Cornell University, Columbia University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; proved Wald–Wolfowitz runs test and Dvoretzky–Kiefer–Wolfowitz inequality|
|Solomon Berson||1939, 1945||MED||M.S., MD||Developed radioimmunoassay with Rosalyn Yalow, who received a Nobel Prize for their joint work after Berson's death.|||
Abel Prize recipients
|Louis Nirenberg||1949||Courant||Ph.D.||Abel Prize (2015)|
|S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan||1966||Courant||postdoc||Abel Prize (2007)|
|Peter Lax||1947, 1949||Courant||B.A., Ph.D.||Abel Prize (2005)|
|Milton Babbitt||1935||ARTS||B.A.||1986 MacArthur Fellow|
|George Perle||1956||GSAS||Ph.D.||1974 MacArthur Fellow|
|Charles Simic||1966||ARTS||B.A.||1983 MacArthur Fellow|
|Michelle Dorrence||2001||Gallatin||B.A.||2015 MacArthur Fellow|||
|Mimi Lien||2003||TSOA||M.F.A.||2015 MacArthur Fellow|||
|Basil Twist||2015||TSOA||2015 MacArthur Fellow|||
|Majora Carter||1997||TSOA||M.F.A||2005 MacArthur Fellow|
|Branden Jacobs-Jenkins||2007||TSOA||M.A.||2016 MacArthur Fellow|
|Sylvia A. Law||1968||Law||J.D.||1983 MacArthur Fellow|
|Annie Baker||2003||TSOA||B.F.A.||2017 MacArthur Fellow|||
|Gabriel Victora||2011||GSAS||Ph.D.||2017 MacArthur Fellow|||
National Medals for Science, Technology and Innovation, Arts and Humanities recipients
|Name||Relation to NYU||Notability||Reference|
|Kobi Alexander||Stern, M.B.A., 1980||Founder and former CEO of Comverse Technology|
|Leslie Alexander||CAS B.A.||Attorney and businessman; owner of the Houston Rockets NBA team|
|Nicolas Berggruen||Stern, B.S., 1981||Billionaire, founder of Berggruen Institute|||
|Alexander Soros||CAS B.A.||Non-profit executive, heir and philanthropist; son of George Soros|
|Philip Jaffe||POLY, 1913–14||Co-founder of Amerasia' involved in the 1945 Amerasia espionage affair|||
|Ursula Burns||POLY, B.S., 1980||Chairman and CEO of Xerox|||
|Charles Ranlett Flint||POLY, B.S., 1868||Founder of IBM|
|Steven W. Giovinco||TSOA, MA, 1987||Founder, Recover Reputation, Online reputation management and repair|||
|Harvey R. Blau||A.B.; LLM||Chairman and former CEO of Griffon Corporation|
|Ronald Kramer||Stern, MBA||CEO of Griffon Corporation; former president and director of Wynn Resorts|
|James B. Rosenwald||Stern, MBA||Co-founder and managing partner of Dalton Investments LLC|
|James M. Henderson||Graduate studies||Founder of Henderson Advertising Agency in Greenville, South Carolina; Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina in 1970|||
|Arthur C. Martinez||POLY, B.S., 1960||Former Chairman and CEO of Sears|||
|Stewart G. Nagler||POLY, B.S., 1963||Vice Chairman, CFO and Director of MetLife|||
|Robert J. Stevens||POLY, M.S., 1985||Chairman, President and CEO of Lockheed Martin|||
|Edward H. Bersoff||Courant, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.||Chairman, Greenwich Associates|
|Thor Bjorgolfsson||Stern, B.S., 1991||Icelandic businessman and entrepreneur; known as "Iceland's first billionaire"|
|Walter Nils Frank||Stern||Chairman of the board of governors of the New York Stock Exchange|||
|David Boies||Law L.L.M., 1967||Founder and Chairman, Boies, Schiller & Flexner|
|Jake Burton Carpenter||economics degree 1977 WSUC||Designer of modern snowboard and founder of Burton Snowboards|
|Ben Cohen||Art Therapy *||Founder of Ben & Jerry's|
|Robert B. Cohen||1947||Founded Hudson News in 1987|||
|Jane Gordon||CAS B.A.||Jewelry designer|
|John J. Creedon||Stern 1955, B.S. Law 1957, J.D.||Former CEO and Chairman, MetLife|
|Marvin Davis||ENG, B.S.||CEO of Paramount Pictures|
|Robert Dow||ENG||Managing partner and chairman of the board of Lord Abbett|
|Thomas E. Dooley||Stern, M.B.A. 1984||Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, CEO and CFO of Viacom|
|Israel Englander||Stern, B.S. 1972||Hedge fund manager|
|Richard S. Fuld||Stern 1973, M.B.A.||CEO of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.|
|Tom Freston||Stern, M.B.A.||MTV Networks|
|Abraham George||Stern, 1973, 1975, M.B.A, Ph.D.||Founder of The George Foundation and Multinational Computer Models|
|Kayalakakam M. George||Stern 1948, M.B.A||CEO of Palai Central Bank (1956–60)|
|Josh Golden||Stern, MBA||President and Publisher of Advertising Age|
|Harvey Golub||Stern 1961, B.S.||Chairman and CEO of American Express (1994–2001); Chairman of the American International Group (AIG)|
|Alan Greenspan||Stern 1948 1950 1977, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.||Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve|
|Robert Greifeld||Stern 1977, M.B.A.||CEO of NASDAQ|
|Scott Harrison||CAS 1998, B.A.||Founder of Charity: Water|
|Carl Icahn||MED*||Investor and activist shareholder|
|Henry Kaufman||Stern 1948, B.A., Stern 1958, Ph.D.||Wall Street financial consultant|
|Paul Kangas||Stern, M.B.A.||Host of Nightly Business Report|
|Herb Kelleher||Law 1955, LL.B.||Founder and CEO of Southwest Airlines|
|Eugene Kleiner||POLY||Founder of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor|
|Nina Freeman||POLY||Video game designer, co-founder of The Code Liberation Foundation|
|Alan Levin||Stern 1976, M.B.A.||CFO of Pfizer|
|Paul Levitz||Stern*||President of DC Comics|
|Martin Lipton||Law 1955, J.D.||Co-founder of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz|
|John C. Malone||ENG, M.S.||CEO of Tele-Communications Inc.; CEO of Liberty Media; now chairman of Liberty Media, Liberty Global, and Liberty Interactive, all of which he is the majority owner; owns 49% of Starz Inc. and 29% of Discovery Communications|
|Michael I. Yarymovych||ENG||Vice President of Boeing Company|
|Cathy Minehan||Stern 1977, M.B.A.||President of Federal Reserve Bank, Boston|
|Joseph Nacchio||ENG, B.S., Stern, M.B.A.||Chairman and CEO of Qwest|
|Roy Neuberger||coursework*||Founder of Neuberger & Berman|
|Marc Rich||CAS, B.A.||Commodities trader and hedge fund manager; indicted for tax evasion|
|Leonard Riggio||Stern 1964, M.B.A.||CEO and owner of Barnes & Noble|
|Edouard de Rothschild||Stern 1985, M.B.A.||Rothschild Banque|
|Jay Schulberg||1961||Advertising executive at Ogilvy & Mather and Bozell Worldwide; creator of the "Got Milk?" advertising campaign|||
|W. R. Berkley||Stern||Founder, chairman and CEO of W. R. Berkley Corporation|
|William T. Schwendler||ENG, B.S., 1924||Co-founder, chairman and CEO of Grumman|
|Michael Birck||ENG||Co-founder and current chairman of Tellabs|
|John Catsimatidis||ENG||Businessman invested in real estate, aviation, and groceries; radio talk show host; owner, president, chairman, and CEO of Gristedes|
|Frederick Gluck||ENG||Chief executive at McKinsey & Company; Director at Amgen; serves on the Harvard Business School Board of Directors of the Associates, the Management Education Council of the Wharton School, the U.S. and Hong Kong Economic Cooperation Committee, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Board of the International Executive Service Corps|
|Walter V. Shipley||Stern 1956, B.S.||Chairman and CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank|
|Larry Silverstein||CAS B.A., 1952||Owner of World Trade Center site|
|Mark Spitznagel||Courant, M.S.||Investor, hedge fund manager|
|Stanley Stahl||B.A.||Real estate investor|||
|Leonard N. Stern||Stern 1957, B.S., 1959, M.B.A.||Namesake of NYU's Stern School of Business; CEO of The Hartz Group|
|Juan Antonio Samaranch Salisachs||Stern, M.B.A.||Member of International Olympic Committee|
|Sy Syms||CAS B.A., 1946||Founder of Syms Clothing|
|Henry Taub||Stern 1947, B.S.||Founder of Automatic Data Processing, philanthropist|
|Maurice Tempelsman||Stern*||Chairman of Lazare Kaplan International Inc.; former companion of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis|||
|Laurence Alan Tisch||Stern 1942, B.Sc.||Media mogul; president and chief executive officer, CBS|
|Christy Turlington||Gallatin 1999, B.A.||Supermodel|
|Agnes Varis||Stern 1979, M.B.A.||Founder of Aegis Pharmaceuticals|
|Peggy Yu||Stern, M.B.A.||Founder of dangdang.com, the largest online Chinese language retailer|
|Jack Dorsey||Creator of Twitter; founder and CEO of Square, a mobile payments company|||
|George W. Melville||POLY||Chief of the Bureau of Steam Engineering|
|Dean R. O'Hare||Stern||Chairman, president, CFO and CEO of Chubb Limited|||
|Spencer Trask||POLY||Invested and supported entrepreneurs, including Thomas Edison's invention of the electric light bulb and his electricity network; majority shareholder and chairman of The New York Times|
|Don Spetner||WSC||Head of public relations for Nissan, SunAmerica, Korn Ferry|||
|Hugh John Casey||POLY||Chairman of the New York City Transit Authority|
|Michael Horodniceanu||POLY||President of the MTA Capital Construction|
|Victor F. Ganzi||Law||President and CEO of Hearst|||
|Alfred Amoroso||POLY||Former Chairman of Yahoo!|
|John Dionisio||POLY||Chairman and CEO of AECOM|
|Charles D. Strang||POLY||Chairman, president and CEO of Outboard Marine Corporation|
|Herbert L. Henkel||POLY||Chairman of Ingersoll Rand|
|John Nicols||POLY||President and CEO of Codexis|||
|Israel Borovich||POLY||Chairman and CEO of EL AL|
|Jason Hsuan||POLY||Chairman and CEO of TPV Technology|
|John Trani||POLY||Former Chairman and CEO of Stanley Black & Decker|
|John Elmer McKeen||POLY||Former Chairman and CEO of Pfizer; Member of the National Academy of Engineering|
|Alfred P. Sloan||POLY||Former Chairman and CEO of General Motors|
|Robert Prieto||POLY||Former Chairman and CEO of Parsons Brinckerhoff|
|Mark Ronald||POLY||Former Chairman and CEO of BAE Systems Inc.|
|Joseph J. Jacobs||POLY||Former Chairman and founder of Jacobs Engineering Group|
|Susan Jurevics||Stern||CEO of Pottermore, the global digital publisher of Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World|||
|Ta-lin Hsu||POLY||Chairman and founder of H&Q Asia Pacific|
|Rajiv C. Mody||POLY||Chairman, founder and CEO of Sasken Communication Technologies|
|Paul Ferri||POLY||Founder and General Partner of Matrix Partners|
|Bern Dibner||POLY||Former Chairman, founder and CEO of Burndy|
|Sunil Godhwani||POLY||Chairman and CEO of Religare|
|Jerome Swartz||POLY||Co-founded Symbol Technologies with POLY graduate Shelley A. Harrison|
|Samuel Ruben||POLY||Co-founded Duracell|
|Richard Santulli||POLY, B.S., M.S.||Former Chairman, founder and CEO of NetJets; current chairman and founder of Milestone Aviation Group.|||
|Paul Soros||POLY||Founder and former CEO of Soros Associates; brother of George Soros|
|Michael H. Kappaz||POLY||Chairman and CEO of KM Group|
|Richard J. Orford||POLY||President of Citicorp (now Citigroup)|||
|Vincent A. Calarco||POLY||CEO and President of Chemtura|
|Charles Hinkaty||POLY||Vice president at Citibank|
|David Sobin||POLY||CEO of BAMnet; founded a DSL company, which was subsequently sold for approximately $50M|
|Edward P. Gilligan||Stern||Vice Chairman, President of American Express|||
|Glenford Myers||POLY||Founder of RadiSys and IP Fabrics|
|Ami Miron||POLY||Vice president of General Instrument; senior advisor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University|
|Stav Prodromou||POLY||Founder and former CEO of Poqet Computer Corporation; former CEO of Alien Technology and Peregrine Semiconductor; Executive Vice President of Fairchild Semiconductor|
|Craig G. Matthews||POLY||President, CFO and Chief Operating Officer of KeySpan|
|Ira Drukier||POLY||Hotelier and philanthropist|
|Fadi Chehadé||POLY||Founder of RosettaNet; Chief Executive Officer of ICANN|
|Ralph C. Alexander||POLY||Former CEO of British Petroleum's gas department who also oversaw gas drilling, refining and exploration|||
|Nils Lahr||POLY||Co-founder of IBEAM Broadcasting Corporation and Synergy Sports Technology|
|William C. W. Mow||POLY||Chairman and CEO of Bugle Boy|
|Charles Waldo Haskins||POLY||Co-founder of Haskins and Sells|
|Zalman Bernstein||CAS||Businessman and economist|
|John Paulson||Stern||Hedge fund manager|
|Kenneth Langone||Stern||Co-founder of The Home Depot|
|Charles Kushner||CAS||Owner of Kushner Properties|
|Jared Kushner||Law||President and CEO of Kushner Properties; owner of The New York Observer|
|Vincent Tchenguiz||Stern||Investment adviser|
|Rachelle Friedman||POLY||Founder of J&R|
|Bill Friend||POLY||Former president of Bechtel|
|Alan Schriesheim||POLY||Board member of Rohm and Haas|
|Stephen M. Ross||Law||Real-estate developer; owner of Miami Dolphins NFL team|
|Robin Wilson||SPS 2004, M.S||Founder and CEO of bedding and interior design company Robin Wilson Home|
|B. Gerald Cantor||Founder and chairman of securities firm Cantor Fitzgerald|
|Charles Zegar||Computer scientists; one of the four co-founders of Bloomberg L.P.|
|Richard C. Perry||Stern||Hedge fund manager, owns controlling interest in Barneys New York|||
|Ira Rennert||Stern||Private investor in mining, metals, and heavy industry|
|Lawrence Babbio, Jr.||Stern||Former vice chairman and president of Verizon|
|Mark Wilf||Law||President and co-owner of the Minnesota Vikings|
|Daniel E. Straus||Law||Vice Chairman of the Memphis Grizzlies|
|Dan Schulman||Stern, M.B.A.||President and CEO of PayPal and chairman of Symantec; co-founder and former CEO of Virgin Mobile USA|
|George S. Barrett||Stern, M.B.A.||Chairman and chief executive officer of Cardinal Health, Inc.|
|Robert W. Cremin||POLY, B.S.||Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Esterline; Chairman of Dover Corporation|
|Lorenzo Fertitta||Stern, M.B.A.||Co-founder of Station Casinos|
|Larry Zimmerman||Stern||CFO of Xerox|
|Charles A. Heimbold, Jr.||Stern||Chairman and CEO of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company|
|Barry Salzberg||Law||CEO of Deloitte|
|Thomas A. Sansone||Law||Vice Chairman of Jabil Circuit|||
|Evan Chesler||Law||Chairman of Cravath, Swaine & Moore|
|John Carrig||Law||Chief operating officer and president for ConocoPhillips|
|Harold M. Messmer||Law||Chairman and CEO of Robert Half International|||
|Robert I. Lipp||Law||Vice Chairman of Citigroup|
|Robert A. Kindler||Law||Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley|
|John Turitzin||Law||Vice President of Marvel Entertainment|
|Charles A. Ratner||Law||CEO and chairman of the board of Forest City Enterprises|||
|Herb Kelleher||Law||Founder, Chairman Emeritus and former CEO of Southwest Airlines|
|Nick Ivanoff||POLY||President and CEO of Ammann & Whitney; elected 2014-2015 chairman of American Road and Transportation Builders Association|
|John Farber||POLY||Longtime chairman of ICC Industries, self-made multibillionaire|||
|Peter Guber||Law||Hollywood producer; former Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment|
|Michael I. Roth||Law||Chairman and CEO of Interpublic Group of Companies|||
|Steven Florio||Stern||CEO and President of both Conde Nast Publications and The New Yorker, as well as publisher of GQ|
|Barry Zyskind||Stern, M.B.A||Chairman, CEO and President of AmTrust Financial Services|||
|Sashi Reddi||Courant||CEO and founder of App Labs|||
|Name||Relation to NYU||Notability||Reference|
|Lucy Alibar||TSOA||Beasts of the Southern Wild|||
|AnnaSophia Robb||GAL, current student||Actress|
|Demetri Martin||Law||Comedian, actor, artist, musician, writer, and humorist|
|Mark Indelicato||GAL, current student||Actor|
|Dwayne McDuffie||TSOA||Television, film, and comic book writer, producer, and editor|
|Jeff Baena||TSOA||Film writer and director|
|Mark Gordon||TSOA||Television and film producer; former President of the Producers Guild of America|
|Javier Muñoz||TSOA||Actor who played Usnavi in the Broadway musical In the Heights; currently playing the titular role in the Hamilton musical|
|Rachel Chavkin||TSOA||Tony Award nominated director of the Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812|||
|Jeremy Piven||TSOA||Actor and producer; best known for his role as Ari Gold in the comedy series Entourage, for which he won a Golden Globe Award and three consecutive Emmy Awards|
|Joya Powell||STEINHARDT 2005, M.A.||Bessie Awards winning choreographer and educator|
|Joshua Safran||TSOA||Executive producer and writer of Gossip Girl; executive producer and showrunner for the second season of Smash; creator, executive producer and showrunner of Quantico|
|Aziz Ansari||Stern 2004, B.S||Actor, Parks and Recreation, Master of None, Human Giant, Scrubs; stand-up comedian|
|Edward Everett Horton||POLY||Character actor|
|Paul Thomas Anderson||TSOA 1993*, dropped out after two days||Magnolia, Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood|
|Ashley Argota||NURSING, current student||True Jackson, VP, Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures|
|Laura Berman||SSW||Sex educator and sex therapist; host of In the Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman on the Oprah Winfrey Network|
|Alec Baldwin||TSOA 1993, B.F.A.||Actor, The Hunt for Red October, Pearl Harbor, The Aviator, 30 Rock|
|Taylor Schilling||TSOA||Actress; Screen Actors Guild Awards winner|
|Kristen Bell||TSOA 1998–2001*||Veronica Mars, Pulse, Heroes, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Gossip Girl|
|Julie Benz||TSOA 1994, B.F.A.||Jawbreaker, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer|
|Justin Blanchard||TSOA 2001, B.F.A.||Journey's End (Broadway), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit|
|Alexis Bledel||TSOA*||Gilmore Girls, Sin City, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Tuck Everlasting|
|Barry Bostwick||TSOA||Original Broadway Cast of Grease, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Spin City|
|Dia Mirza||TSOA||Indian actress; Miss Asia Pacific 2000, Femina Miss India Asia Pacific 2000|
|Manisha Koirala||TSOA||Indian actress|
|Vivek Oberoi||TSOA||Indian actor|
|Keith Powell||TSOA||Television actor, 30 Rock|
|Martin Brest||TSOA 1973, B.F.A.||Beverly Hills Cop, Meet Joe Black, Gigli|
|Lisa Bruce||TSOA||The Theory of Everything|||
|Rustica Carpio||Steinhardt 1956, M.A.||Actress and writer; former dean of the College of Communication and Graduate School of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines; appointed to Philippine government positions|
|Susan Cartsonis||TSOA||President of Wind Dance Films|
|Vinnette Justine Carroll||ARTS 1946, M.A.||First African American woman to direct on Broadway|
|Lenora Champagne||ARTS 1975, M.A., 1980 PhD.||Playwright, performance artist and director|||
|Jennifer Charles||TSOA 1990, B.F.A.||Musician, writer, and actress|
|Chris Columbus||TSOA||Both Home Alone movies, Mrs. Doubtfire, Stepmom, first two Harry Potter movies, Rent|
|Bud Cort||TSOA 1967–1969*||Harold and Maude, MASH, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou|
|Allen Covert||Grandma's Boy, The Wedding Singer|
|Billy Crudup||TSOA 1994, M.F.A.||Sleepers, Big Fish, Watchmen, Public Enemies|
|Alan Shapiro||TSOA 1981, B.F.A.||The Crush, Flipper, Tiger Town, The Outsiders (series)|
|Billy Crystal||TSOA 1970, B.F.A.||Analyze This, Analyze That, City Slickers 1 & 2, When Harry Met Sally|
|John Cusack||TSOA*||High Fidelity, Con Air|
|Julie Delpy||TSOA||Homo Faber, Three Colors: White, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset|
|Drea de Matteo||TSOA||The Sopranos, Joey|
|Amanda Detmer||TSOA, M.F.A.||Actress|
|Michael Dougherty||TSOA, M.F.A.||X2, Superman Returns|
|Matthew Morrison||TSOA 1993, B.F.A.||Glee, The Hunt for Red October, Pearl Harbor, The Aviator, 30 Rock|
|Lisa Edelstein||TSOA 1988, B.F.A.||House|
|Kathryn Erbe||TSOA*||What About Bob?, Law and Order: Criminal Intent|
|Raul Esparza||TSOA 1992, B.F.A.||Actor|
|Dakota Fanning||GAL, current student||Actress, I Am Sam, Charlotte's Web, Coraline, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn|
|Karlie Kloss||GAL, current student||Fashion model|||
|Tavi Gevinson||GAL*||Editor, writer, actress|||
|Alana Zimmer||GAL, current student||Fashion model|||
|Mitch Fatel||TSOA 1988*||The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents: Mitch Fatel, Super Retardo CD|||
|Wayne Federman||TSOA 1981*||Legally Blonde, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Curb Your Enthusiasm|
|Bridget Fonda||TSOA 1987, B.F.A.||Doc Hollywood, Jackie Brown|
|Malindi Fickle||B.F.A., 2002||Jacklight, Suck it Up Buttercup|
|Marc Forster||TSOA 1990–1993*||Monster's Ball, Finding Neverland|
|Bethenny Frankel||WSC 1992||The Real Housewives of New York City, Bethenny Ever After, Bethenny; creator/owner of Skinnygirl|||
|Griffin Frazen||GAL 2009, B.A.||Grounded For Life|
|Melissa Gallo||TSOA 2003, B.F.A.||One Life to Live|
|Edi Gathegi||TSOA||Gone Baby Gone, House M.D., CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon|
|Jordan Gelber||TSOA||Avenue Q, The Sopranos, Law & Order: SVU|
|Gina Gershon||TSOA 1983, B.F.A.||The Insider, Showgirls, Bound|
|Donald Glover||TSOA 2006, B.F.A||Actor, rapper under the stage name Childish Gambino|
|Lou Gossett||CAS, 1959, B.A.||Roots, An Officer and a Gentleman|
|Peter Guber||Stern, M.B.A.||Mandalay Pictures|
|Matthew Gray Gubler||TSOA 2002, M.F.A.||(500) Days of Summer, Criminal Minds, RV, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou|
|Michael C. Hall||TSOA 1996, M.F.A.||Six Feet Under, Dexter|
|Regina Hall||GSAS 1997, M.A.||Scary Movie|
|Wood Harris||TSOA 1983, M.F.A.||Above the Rim|
|Anne Hathaway||Gallatin, TSOA*||The Princess Diaries, The Devil Wears Prada, Ella Enchanted, Rachel Gets Married, Alice in Wonderland|
|Burcu Esmersoy||SPS*||Turkish anchorwoman, beauty pageant titleholder, journalist, model, and occasional actress|||
|Ethan Hawke||CAS*||Training Day, Dead Poets Society, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset|
|Rachel Bloom||TSOA||Crazy Ex-Girlfriend|
|Amy Heckerling||TSOA, B.F.A.||Look Who's Talking, Loser, Clueless|
|Antony Hegarty||TSOA, (E.T.W.) 1992 B.F.A.||Antony and the Johnsons: Swanlights, The Crying Light, I Am a Bird Now (UK Mercury Prize 2005)|
|Israel Hicks||M.F.A.||Stage director who presented August Wilson's entire 10-play Pittsburgh Cycle|||
|Philip Seymour Hoffman||TSOA 1989, B.F.A.||Capote, Boogie Nights, Happiness, Magnolia, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Almost Famous|
|Todd Holoubek||TSOA 2002, B.F.A.||MTV: The State|
|Wendy Hoopes||TSOA 2002, B.F.A.||Spinster, Killing Cinderella, Daria|
|Bryce Dallas Howard||TSOA||The Village, Lady in the Water, Terminator Salvation, Twilight: Eclipse|
|Shawn Michael Howard||TSOA, B.F.A.||Boycott, Above the Rim, 3000 Miles to Graceland|
|Neal Huff||TSOA, M.F.A.||Take Me Out, The Little Dog Laughed|
|Felicity Huffman||TSOA||Transamerica, Desperate Housewives|
|Tamara Jenkins||TSOA||Slums of Beverly Hills|
|Jim Jarmusch||TSOA*||Stranger than Paradise, Down By Law, Broken Flowers|
|Alexa Ray Joel||TSOA*||Singer-songwriter, pianist|
|Kristen Johnston||TSOA, B.F.A.||3rd Rock from the Sun|
|Jeffrey Katzenberg||TSOA*||Shrek; co-founder of DreamWorks|
|Eriq La Salle||TSOA, B.F.A.||ER|
|Daniel Dae Kim||TSOA 1996, M.F.A.||ABC series Lost, CBS Series Hawaii Five-0|
|Stanley Kramer||TSOA 1993, B.F.A.||High Noon, Cyrano de Bergerac|
|Peter Krause||TSOA||Dirty Sexy Money, Six Feet Under|
|Martin Kunert||TSOA||Voices of Iraq, MTV's Fear|
|Tony Kushner||TSOA 1984, M.F.A.||Tony Award|
|Ang Lee||TSOA, M.F.A.||Life of Pi, Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sense and Sensibility|
|Spike Lee||TSOA 1982, M.F.A.||Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing, Bamboozled, Jungle Fever|
|Thomas Lennon||MTV: The State, Reno 911!, Taxi (screenwriter)|
|Ken Leung||CAS, B.A.||Lost, X-Men: The Last Stand, Shanghai Kiss|
|Janet Lilly||TSOA 1982, B.A.||Principal dancer for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company|||
|Bai Ling||TSOA 1991–??||Anna and the King|
|Zoe Lister-Jones||TSOA B.A.||The Little Dog Laughed|
|Julia Loktev||M.F.A||The Loneliest Planet, Day Night Day Night, Moment of Impact|
|Bruce Mailman||M.F.A.||Theatre founder of the nightclub The Saint|||
|Rooney Mara||GAL*||The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Trash, Her|
|Jesse L. Martin||TSOA 1989, M.F.A.||Ed Green in Law and Order; Rent|
|Mary Stuart Masterson||TSOA*||Fried Green Tomatoes, The Postman|
|Melina Matsoukas||TSOA*||Director of "We Found Love" by Rihanna, "Diva" by Beyoncé|
|John C. McGinley||TSOA||Intensity, Scrubs, Point Break|
|John Melendez||TSOA 1988*||The Howard Stern Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno|||
|Camila Mendes||TSOA 2016||Veronica Lodge on Riverdale|||
|Idina Menzel||TSOA*||Wicked, Rent, Enchanted, Rescue Me|
|Ismail Merchant||Stern, M.B.A.||Co-founded Merchant Ivory Productions|
|Debra Messing||TSOA 1987, M.F.A.||Will and Grace, NBC's Smash|
|Leah Meyerhoff||TSOA 2007, M.F.A.||Twitch|
|Rachel Morrison||TSOA||Fruitvale Station, Cake, Sound of My Voice|||
|Kate Mulgrew||TSOA 1976, A.A.||Star Trek: Voyager|
|Jeff Nimoy||CAS, B.A.||Naruto, Digimon, Trigun|
|Jerry O'Connell||TSOA 1997, B.F.A.||Sliders, The Bachelor|
|Charlie O'Connell||TSOA 1995, B.F.A.||Crossing Jordan, Mission to Mars|
|Ryan Scott Oliver||TSOA 2007, M.F.A||Musical theatre composer, Mrs. Sharp, Darling, 35MM|
|Ashley Olsen||GAL*||Full House, It Takes Two, Two of a Kind, New York Minute|
|Mary Kate Olsen||GAL||Full House, It Takes Two, Two of a Kind, New York Minute|
|Elizabeth Olsen||TSOA 2013||Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Godzilla, In Secret|||
|Haley Joel Osment||TSOA 2010, B.F.A.||The Sixth Sense, Pay It Forward, AI, Secondhand Lions|
|Jorge Pupo||TSOA 1981, B.F.A.||Actor, narrator|
|Ted Raimi||B.A.||seaQuest DSV, Xena: Warrior Princess|
|Anthony Rapp||TSOA 1989*||Rent, Six Degrees of Separation, Dazed and Confused|
|Brett Ratner||TSOA||Tower Heist, New York, I Love You, Rush Hour|
|Meg Ryan||CAS, B.A.||When Harry Met Sally..., Sleepless in Seattle, City of Angels, You've Got Mail|
|Adam Sandler||TSOA 1991, B.F.A.||Mr. Deeds, Big Daddy, Punchdrunk Love, Funny People|
|Andy Samberg||TSOA 2000, B.F.A.||The Lonely Island, Saturday Night Live, Hot Rod|
|Lenny Schultz||B.S.||Comedian and gym teacher|
|Martin Scorsese||CAS 1964, B.A GSAS 1966, M.A.||The Aviator, Casino, Goodfellas, The Last Temptation of Christ, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Gangs of New York|
|Joshua Seth||CAS, 1991, B.A.||Digimon, Wolf's Rain, Trigun|
|John Patrick Shanley||Steinhardt 1977, M.A.||Moonstruck; winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama|
|Sheetal Sheth||TSOA 1997, B.A.||ABCD; Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World|
|M. Night Shyamalan||TSOA||The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, The Last Airbender, Lady in the Water|
|Neil Simon||ARTS 1944–1945*||The Odd Couple; winner of the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama|
|Eulalie Spence||B.S. 1937||Her, Fool's Errand (opened on Broadway in 1927)|
|Cole Sprouse||GAL 2015||Friends, The Suite Life of Zach and Cody, The Suite Life on Deck, Narrator and Jughead Jones on Riverdale (2017 TV series)|||
|Dylan Sprouse||GAL 2015||The Suite Life of Zach and Cody, The Suite Life on Deck|||
|Morgan Spurlock||TSOA, B.F.A.||Supersize Me|
|Barry Sonnenfeld||TSOA*||Oz, Men in Black|
|Peter Steinfeld||B.A.||Drowning Mona, Be Cool, 21|||
|Maura Tierney||TSOA*||ER, Newsradio, Primary Colors|
|Colin Trevorrow||TSOA||Home Base, Safety Not Guaranteed, Jurassic World, The Book of Henry|
|Skeet Ulrich||NYU||F.P. Jones on Riverdale (2017 TV series)|||
|Casey Wilson||TSOA, 2002||Happy Endings, Saturday Night Live|
|Chandra Wilson||TSOA 1991, B.F.A.||Grey's Anatomy|
|Mara Wilson||TSOA, current student||Matilda, Mrs. Doubtfire, Miracle on 34th Street|
|Rainn Wilson||TSOA, M.F.A.||The Office|
|Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo||TSOA 2003, B.F.A.||After.Life|
|Doug Wright||TSOA 1987||Quills; winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama|
|Sunny Wang||Stern, Tisch, B.A., 2005||Taiwanese actor and model|
Academy Award winners
|Name||Relation to NYU||Notability||Reference|
|Mahershala Ali||TSOA 2000, M.F.A.||Academy Award 2017, Moonlight; 2019, Green Book|
|Woody Allen||TSOA 1953*||Academy Award 1977, Annie Hall; 1986, Hannah and her Sisters|
|Michael Arndt||TSOA 1987||Academy Award 2007, Little Miss Sunshine|
|Elmer Bernstein||ARTS 1942, B.A.||Academy Award 1968, Thoroughly Modern Millie|
|Mark Bridges||ARTS 1987, M.F.A.||Academy Award 2012, The Artist|
|James L. Brooks||TSOA*||Academy Award 1984, Terms of Endearment|
|John Canemaker||TSOA||Academy Award 2006, The Moon and the Son|
|Joel Coen||TSOA, 1978, B.F.A.||Academy Award 1996, Fargo; 2008, No Country For Old Men|||
|Geoffrey Fletcher||TSOA 1999, M.F.A.||Academy Award 2010, Precious|
|Whoopi Goldberg||GSAS||Academy Award 1991, Ghost|||
|Louis Gossett, Jr.||ARTS coursework*||Academy Award 1982, An Officer and a Gentleman|
|Anne Hathaway||GAL, TSOA||Academy Award 2012, Les Misérables|
|Marcia Gay Harden||TSOA 1981, M.F.A.||Academy Award 2000, Pollock|
|Bernard Herrmann||WSC student under Percy Grainger||Academy Award 1941, The Devil and Daniel Webster|
|Lora Hirschberg||TSOA 1985, B.F.A.||Academy Award 2011, Inception|
|Philip Seymour Hoffman||TSOA 1989, B.F.A.||Academy Award 2005, Capote|
|Angelina Jolie||TSOA 1993, B.F.A.||Academy Award 2000, Girl, Interrupted|
|Burt Lancaster||TSOA coursework*||Academy Award 1960, Elmer Gantry|
|Charles Kaufman||TSOA 1980||Academy Award 2004, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind|
|Ang Lee||TSOA, M.F.A.||Academy Award 2005, Brokeback Mountain; 2012, Life of Pi|
|Spike Lee||TSOA, M.F.A.||Academy Award 2019, BlackKklansman||-|
|Luke Matheny||TSOA, M.F.A.||Academy Award 2011, God of Love|
|Alan Menken||Steinhardt, B.A.||Academy Award 1995, Pocahontas; 1992, Aladdin; 1991, Beauty and the Beast; 1989, The Little Mermaid|
|Carole Bayer Sager||CAS 1979, B.A.||Academy Award 1981, Arthur's Theme|
|Thelma Schoonmaker||TSOA||Academy Award 2005, The Aviator|
|Steve Golin||TSOA||Academy Award 2016, Spotlight|||
|László Nemes||TSOA||Academy Award 2016, Son of Saul|||
|Martin Scorsese||ARTS B.A. 1964, M.F.A. 1966*||Academy Award 2006, The Departed|
|John Patrick Shanley||Steinhardt 1977, M.A.||Academy Award 1987, Moonstruck|
|Oliver Stone||TSOA 1970, M.F.A.||Academy Award 1978, Midnight Express; 1986, Platoon; 1989, Born on the Fourth of July|
|Jim Taylor||TSOA 1996||Academy Award 2004, Sideways|
|Marisa Tomei||TSOA 1983, B.F.A.||Academy Award 1992, My Cousin Vinny|
|Ken Perlin||GSAS 1986, Ph.D.||Academy Award 1997, for the development of Perlin noise|
|Paul Francis Webster||ARTS 1928–1930 *||Academy Award 1953, "Secret Love"|
|Fred Waller||POLY||Academy Award winner; inventor of Cinerama; inventor of the Waller Gunnery Trainer; first to patent the water ski; made 200 short films for Paramount Pictures|
|Victor J. Zolfo||TSOA 1985||Academy Award 2009, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button|
Emmy Award winners
Grammy Award winners
Tony Award winners
|Name||Relation to NYU||Notability||Reference|
|Julius Axelrod||Med 1941, M.Sc.||1970 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|
|Arthur Agatston||Med 1973, M.D.||Author of The South Beach Diet|
|Peter B. Berger||Med 1983, M.D.||Interventional cardiologist and Director of Clinical Research at Geisinger Clinic|
|Frederick Cook||Med 1890, M.D.||Explorer|
|Fred Epstein||WSC 1959, B.A.||Pediatric neurosurgeon|
|William Alexander Hammond||Med 1848, M.D.||Surgeon General, pioneer in neurology|
|Henry Lee||Med 1974–1975, M.S., Ph.D.||Forensic scientist|
|Albert Warren Ferris||Med 1878, A.B.; 1885, A.M.||President of the New York State Commission in Lunacy and Director of Saratoga Springs State Reservation.|||
|Joe Landolina||POLY||Invented Vetigel while an undergrad student|
|John G. Trump||POLY||Helped design X-ray machines that provided additional years of life to cancer patients|||
|Samuel D. Goldberg||POLY||Revolutionized dentistry by inventing local anesthetics and making Novocain commercially feasible.|||
|William B. Kouwenhoven||POLY||Inventor of closed-chest cardiac defibrillator|
|Peter P. Regna||POLY||Helped discover Terramyscin, an antibiotic effective against more than 100 diseases|||
|Barouh Berkovits||POLY||Invented the cardiac defibrillator and artificial cardiac pacemaker|
|Jasper H. Kane||POLY||Developed the practical, deep-tank fermentation method for production of large quantities of pharmaceutical-grade penicillin|
|Maclyn McCarty||Med 1940–1941, Research Fellow||Demonstrated that DNA transmits genetic traits|
|Walter Reed||Med||Discovered the mosquito transmission of yellow fever|
|Albert Sabin||Med 1931, M.D.||Developer of the oral vaccine for polio|
|Arthur M. Sackler||Med, M.D.||Founder of Creedmore Institute of Psychobiological Studies|
|Stephen Smith||Med, M.D.||Founder of the American Public Health Association|
|Jonas Salk||Med 1938, M.D.||Discoverer of the Salk vaccine (the first polio vaccine)|
|Amit M. Shelat||CAS 1997, B.A., WAG 2002, M.P.A.||Vice Chairman of the New York State Board for Medicine, New York State Education Department|||
|Charles Francis Stokes||POLY||Inventor of Stokes stretcher, one of the oldest medical devices in continuous use by the military.|||
|Robert Jarvik||ENG||Co-Inventor, Jarvik-7 artificial heart|
|Name||Relation to NYU||Notability||Reference|
|Milton Babbitt||B.A., 1935||1986 MacArthur Fellow, 1982 Pulitzer Prize special citation|
|Arthur Berger||B.A., 1932||Composer|
|Cy Coleman||Steinhardt||Tony Award for City of Angels 1990, On the Twentieth Century 1978|
|Betty Comden||Steinhardt||Partner of Adolph Green, recipient of several Tony Awards|
|Clive Davis||CAS 1953, B.A.||Founder of Arista Records|
|Neil Diamond||CAS 2003, Hon. Ph.D.||Singer/songwriter|
|Carlos Dengler||CAS||Interpol's first bassist/keyboardist|
|Dave Douglas||Steinhardt, B.A.||Jazz trumpeter|
|Greg Drudy||Previous student||Interpol's first drummer|
|Hayden Dunham||GAL||Musician, performance artist, designer|||
|Fred Ebb||B.A., 1939||1967 Tony Award, 1967 Grammy Award for Cabaret|
|Colleen Fitzpatrick||B.A., 1991||a.k.a. Vitamin C|
|Bernard Garfield||B.A., 1948||Bassoonist and composer|
|Stefani Germanotta||TSOA*||a.k.a. Lady Gaga|
|Midori Goto||GAL 2000, B.A.; NYU 2005, M.A.||Violinist|||
|DJ Cuppy||Steinhardt||Nigerian music producer; daughter of Nigerian billionaire Femi Otedola|
|Albert Hammond, Jr.||TSOA||The Strokes' guitarist|
|Antony Hegarty||TSOA||Mercury prize-winning lead singer of Antony and the Johnsons|
|Daniel Kessler||GAL||Interpol's guitarist/backing vocalist|
|Paul Banks||GAL||Interpol's guitarist/lead vocalist|
|Talib Kweli||previous student||member of rap duo Black Star|
|Elodie Lauten||Steinhardt 1986, M.A.||Composer|
|Tania Leon||Steinhardt||famous conductor, composer of "Scourge of Hyacinths",|
|Enoch Light||Steinhardt||pioneer of music recording|
|Melissa Manchester||independent studies, 1970–1971||1982 Grammy Award|||
|Jackie McCullough||M.A. Philosophy||Gospel musician and pastor|
|David Portner||former student||Founding member of experimental band Animal Collective|
|Maggie Rogers||B.F.A., 2016||Musician|
|Jerry Ross||studied under Rudolph Schramm||Composer|
|Rick Rubin||former student, lived on campus||Co-founder of Def Jam while at NYU|
|Carole Bayer Sager||B.A., 1979||1987 Grammy Award|
|Sajeeb Saha||GAL||a.k.a. Jai Wolf|||
|Blake Schwarzenbach||B.A., 1991||Lead singer for bands Jawbreaker and Jets to Brazil|
|Patti Scialfa||Gallatin; received music degree after transferring from the University Of Miami||Singer and guitarist with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band|
|Wayne Shorter||Steinhardt 1956, B.M.E.||Influential hard-bop and modal jazz saxophonist|
|Russell Simmons||former student||Co-founder of Def Jam while at NYU|
|William Oscar Smith||B.A., 1942||Jazz double bassist, known for 1939 Coleman Hawkins recording of Body and Soul|
|Eileen Southern||Steinhardt 1961, Ph.D.||First African American woman appointed a tenured full professor at Harvard|
|Louise Talma||B.A., 1927||Composer|
|Mary Wilson||Gallatin||The Supremes|
|Elle Varner||TSOA||Singer, songwriter, producer|
|Dot da Genius||POLY||Singer, record producer and mixing engineer|
|A Great Big World||Steinhardt||Singers and songwriters, known for the Grammy Award winning song Say Something|
Politics, law and government
Members of the United States House of Representatives
Members of the United States Senate
|Name||Relation to NYU||Notability||Reference|
|Lamar Alexander||Law 1965, J.D.||United States Senate|
|Rudy Boschwitz||SternM.B.A., 1950, Law J.D., 1953||United States Senate|
|Edward Irving Edwards||Law, LL.B.||United States Senate (1923–1929), Governor of New Jersey|
|Henry Drury Hatfield||Med M.D., 1904||United States Senate (1929–1935), Governor of West Virginia|
|Jacob Javits||CAS 1923, B.A., Law 1926, LL.B.||United States Senate|
|James Edward Murray||Law 1900, J.D.||United States Senate (1934–1961)|
|Tasker Lowndes Oddie||Law 1895, LL.B.||United States Senate (1921–1933)|
|James Aloysius O'Gorman||Law 1887, J.D.||United States Senate(1911–1917)|
|Bob Packwood||Law 1957, J.D.||United States Senate(1969–1995)|
|Abraham Alexander Ribicoff||B.A., 1929||United States Senate 1963–1981|
|Elihu Root||Law 1867, LL.B.||United States Senate|
|Arthur Walsh||Stern 1915||United States Senate|
United States Governors
|Name||Relation to NYU||Notability||Reference|
|Edward Irving Edwards||Law, LL.B.||Governor of New Jersey|
|Henry Drury Hatfield||Med M.D., 1904||Governor of West Virginia|
|Samuel J. Tilden||Law 1838-1841||Governor of New York|
|Abraham A. Ribicoff||Governor of Connecticut|
|Thomas P. Salmon||Governor of Vermont|
Ambassadors from the United States
United States Cabinet members, foreign government, royalty, clergy and other
|Name||Relation to NYU||Notability||Reference|
|Anthony Foxx||Law||United States Secretary of Transportation; served as the Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, 2009-2013.|
|Jason Greenblatt||Law||United States Special Representative for International Negotiations|
|Carmen Fariña||Former New York City Schools Chancellor, the head of the New York City Department of Education.|
|Vanita Gupta||Law||Head of the Civil Rights Division at the United States Department of Justice|
|Arthur B. Culvahouse, Jr.||Law||White House Counsel, 1987–89|
|Henry Lee (forensic scientist)||GSAS||Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Safety|
|Shlomo-Yisrael Ben-Meir||Israeli politician; served as a member of the Knesset, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Deputy Speaker and Deputy Minister of Health|
|Carl Gatto||POLY||Member of the Alaska House of Representatives|
|Fortunato de la Peña||POLY||Secretary of Science and Technology at the Philippine Department of Science and Technology; former Chairman of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development|
|Chung Sye-kyun||Wagner M.A., 1983||Speaker of the National Assembly of South Korea|
|Frank Padavan||POLY||New York state senator|
|George T. Burling||POLY||New York state senator|
|Ivan Itkin||POLY||Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives|
|Vincent O'Rourke||POLY||Commanding officer of a number of aviation units as well as the USS Rainier (AE-5) and USS Tripoli (LPH-10); two-time recipient of the Navy Cross, the Navy's second highest award for valor|
|Ed Koch||Law||Mayor of New York City|
|Bill de Blasio||Mayor of New York City|
|Maya Soetoro-Ng||Sister of United States President Barack Obama; professor at University of Hawaii at Manoa|
|Shimon Peres||President of Israel from 2007 to 2014. Peres also served twice as the Prime Minister of Israel.|
|George Cromwell||POLY||New York state senator|
|Teresa Patterson Hughes||Steinhardt||California State Senator|||
|Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika||Steinhardt||Ambassador of the Republic of Zambia to the United States of America.|
|Leonel Baruch||Stern MBA 1978||Minister of Finance, Costa Rica 1998-2001|||
|Lamar Alexander||Law 1965, J.D.||U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Senator from Tennessee|
|Gloria Allred||GSAS M.A., 1971||lawyer, talk show host|
|Ruth Balser||Ph.D.||member of the Mass. House of Representatives (1998–present)|
|Bill Bell (mayor)||Mayor of Durham, North Carolina.|
|Robert J. McGuire||Law||New York City Police Commissioner|||
|Carol Bellamy||Law J.D., 1968||Executive Director of UNICEF|
|John S.R. Shad||Law||Chairman of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission between 1981 and 1987; served as the ambassador to the Netherlands|
|Khaliya Aga Khan||From 2006-2013, Khaliya was married to Prince Hussain Aga Khan|
|Michael Benjamin||B.A., 1992||U.S. Senate Candidate|
|David Boies||Law LL.M., 1967||United States v. Microsoft, Bush v. Gore|
|Cristina Federica de Borbon||GSAS M.A., 1991||Princess of Spain|
|Eugene Chien||GSAS Ph.D., 1973||Foreign Minister of Taiwan|
|Chi Mui||POLY||First Asian-American Mayor of San Gabriel, California|
|Ahmed Zaki Yamani||Law||Saudi Arabian politician; Minister of Oil (Petroleum) and Mineral Resources from 1962 to 1986,; a minister in OPEC for 25 years|
|Jan Zaprudnik||Leader of the Belarusian community in the U.S.|
|Ephraim Katzir||POLY||Fourth President of Israel; chief scientist of the Israel Defense Department|
|Shamma Al Mazrui||Rhodes Scholar; UAE Minister of State for Youth|||
|Sang Whang||POLY||Church leader and community advocate in Florida|
|D. James Kennedy||GSAS||Pastor, evangelist, and Christian broadcaster; founded the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Evangelism Explosion International, Westminster Academy, and Knox Theological Seminary|
|Ali Khatami||POLY||Chief of staff of Iran; brother of former Iranian president, Mohammed Khatami|
|Roberto de Oliveira Campos||Postgraduate study||Brazilian politician and legislator; ambassador to the U.S. and UK|
|Richard Campagna||M.A.||Libertarian Party Vice Presidential Candidate|
|Sripati Chandrasekhar||GSAS Ph.D., 1944||Indian Minister of Health and Family Planning under Indira Gandhi|
|Dae-whan Chang||GSAS Ph.D., 1987, M.A., 1985||Prime Minister, South Korea|||
|Li-an Chen||GSAS Ph.D.||Secretary of Defence, Taiwan (1990–1993), President of the Control Yuan|
|Demos Chiang||Stern B.S.||Great-grandson of Chiang Kai-shek|
|Chelsea Clinton||Wagner Ph.D. student, 2010–||Former First Daughter; child of Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton; wife of Marc Mezvinsky|
|Phil Amicone||ENG||41st Mayor of Yonkers, New York|
|Rafael Piñeiro||Wagner MPA||First Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (NYPD)|
|Zachary Townsend||Wagner MPA||Chief Data Officer of the state of California|
|Sal Albanese||Steinhardt||New York City Council member|
|Stavros Dimas||GSAS M.A., 1969||European Commissioner for the Environment|
|William Donohue||GSAS Ph.D., 1980||President, Catholic League|
|William Henry Draper, Jr.||GSAS M.A., 1917||Under Secretary of War and the Army|
|Juan Carlos Echeverry||GSAS Ph.D., 1996||Finance Minister of Colombia|
|Mohamed ElBaradei||Law LL.M., 1967||Vice President of Egypt; Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (1997–)|
|Neil Barofsky||Law||SIGTARP, the Special United States Treasury Department Inspector General overseeing the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP), from late 2008 until his resignation at the end of March 2011|
|Mark Everson||GSAS M.S., 1977||U.S. Commissioner of Internal Revenue|
|Isaac Herzog||Israeli politician; chairman of the Labor Party; has been the opposition leader in the outgoing 19th Knesset|
|Humayun Chaudhry||Physician; CEO of the Federation of State Medical Boards|
|Maria Olympia||Princess of Greece and Denmark|||
|Abraham Foxman||Law J.D.||President of the Anti-Defamation League|
|Louis Freeh||Law LL.M., 1984||Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1993–2001)|
|Guillermo Endara Galimany||Postgraduate work, NYU Law||President of Panama (1989–1994)|
|John William Gilbert||GSAS||Secretary of State for Transport, Secretary of State for Defence|
|Rudy Giuliani||Law J.D., 1968||Mayor of New York City (1994–2001)|
|Camillo Gonsalves||BsC in Global Affairs||Permanent Representative of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations (2007– )|||
|Nancy Grace||Law LL.M.||Court TV host|
|John Grenier||Taxation, L.LM, 1955||United States Senate candidate, 1966; Alabama Republican Party chairman; Birmingham lawyer|
|Seth Harris||Law, J.D., 1990||U.S. Department of Labor, Deputy Secretary of Labor, 2009–; U.S. Department of Labor, Counselor to the Secretary, 1993–2000|
|Muhammad Hassanein||GSAS M.A., 1966||Minister of Finance, Arab Republic of Egypt|
|Dorothy Height||ARTS B.A., GSAS M.A., 1930||Civil and women's rights activist|
|Alphonse J. Jackson||M.A. in secondary education administration||Louisiana State Representative, 1972–1992|||
|T. J. Jemison||Postgraduate study||President of the National Baptist Convention from 1982 to 1994|
|Lazarus Joseph||LAW 1912||N.Y. State Senator (21st District 1934–44, 24th District 1945) and Comptroller of the City of New York (1946–1954)|
|Elmer Ellsworth Brown||United States Commissioner of Education, fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.|
|Meir Kahane||GSAS M.A., 1957||Leader of the Kach political party in the Israeli Knesset|
|Raymond W. Kelly||Law LL.M.||Police Commissioner of New York, Under Secretary of the Treasury|
|John F. Kennedy, Jr.||Law J.D., 1989||Son of President John F. Kennedy|
|Fiorello La Guardia||Law 1908, LL.B.||Mayor of New York City (1934–1945)|
|Samuel Levy||University of the City of New York 1894, B.S.||Manhattan Borough President (1931–1937)|
|Ivan Lozowy||Law 1986, J.D.||Founder of the Institute for Statehood and Democracy of Ukraine|||
|Ying-jeou Ma||Law LL.M., 1976||President of the Republic of China (Taiwan)|
|Elvin McCary||NYU graduate||Member of both houses of the Alabama State Legislature and real estate businessman from Anniston, Alabama, died 1981|||
|Marie-Chantal Miller||IFA||Princess of Greece|
|Robert Mueller||GSAS M.A. 1967||Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation under George W. Bush|
|Anne Firth Murray||GSAS Economics||Founder of Global Fund for Women|
|Giorgos Papakonstantinou||Stern||Minister of Economy & Finance, Greece|||
|Samuel Pierce||Law LL.M., 1952||United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development|
|Louis Romano||Ed.D.||Member of the New Jersey General Assembly|||
|Adam Shapiro||GSAS M.A||Co-Founder of International Solidarity Movement|
|Park Yong Sung||Stern M.B.A.||Chairman, International Chamber of Commerce|
|Queen Sylvia of Buganda||Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree 1985||Queen consort of Buganda, the traditional kingdom in central Uganda|||
|Abraham Alexander Ribicoff||B.A., 1929||United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare|
|Leonard M. Pomata||POLY B.S.||5th Secretary of Technology of Virginia|||
|Elihu Root||Law 1867, LL.B.||Secretary of War (1899–1903), Secretary of State (1905–1909)|
|Martha J Somerman||D.D.S. (NYU College of Dentistry, 1975), Ph.D.||Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research|
|Ekwow Spio-Garbrah||Stern graduate studies||Minister of communication, ambassador to the U.S. of the Republic of Ghana|
|Rodney Vandergert||NYU Master of Laws||Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka|
|Ernst Joseph Walch||Law M.C.J., 1981||Minister of Foreign Affairs for Liechtenstein|
|John White||Master's degree in public administration||Louisiana State Superintendent of Education since 2012|||
|Barbara Wright||M.A., Nursing Education||Member of the New Jersey General Assembly|||
|Vanessa Wruble||M.P.S. Interactive Telecommunications||Activist, co-founder of The Women's March on Washington|||
Press, literature and arts
|Name||Relation to NYU||Notability||Reference|
|Kathy Acker||Author of Blood and Guts in High School|
|James Truslow Adams||POLY, 1898||Writer and historian; coined the term "American Dream" in his 1931 book The Epic of America|
|Warren Adler||B.A., 1949||Author of War of the Roses and Random Hearts|
|Kenny Albert||CAS 1990, B.A.||Play-by-play broadcaster, New York Rangers and Fox Sports|
|David Antin||GSAS 1966, M.A.||Recipient of the PEN Los Angeles Award for Poetry|
|Kelli Arena||TOSA 1985 B.F.A.||CNN reporter and anchor 1985-2009|||
|Ann Shoket||1994, B.A.||Editor in Chief of Seventeen Magazine|
|Jacob M. Appel||GSAS 2000, M.F.A.||Author of Arborophilia, Creve Coeur; idiosyncratic bioethicist|||
|Ted Baehr||Law, J.D.||Chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission|
|Maria Bartiromo||CAS, 1987 B.A.||News anchor on CNBC; author|
|Katherine Behar||2006, M.A||Artist|
|Ib Benoh||Steinhardt 1993, D.A.||Artist|||
|Judy Blume||1961 B.S., Education||Writer of children's literature and young adult fiction|
|Howard Cosell||CAS, B.A.||Sports journalist|
|Stacey Bradford||M.A., Journalism||Financial journalist, author, and commentator|
|Rita Mae Brown||Law 1964, M.A.||Rubyfruit Jungle|
|Sally Kohn||Law||Contributor for the Fox News Channel|
|Eileen Rose Busby||earned B.A. at age 62||Author|
|Candace Bushnell||CAS, B.A.||Her New York Observer column became the basis for Sex and the City||-
|Fortuna Calvo-Roth||professor||President of New York chapter, Women in Communications|||
|Elaine Cameron-Weir||2010, MFA||Artist|
|Bliss Carman||visiting scholar||Canadian poet|
|Suzanne Collins||TSOA 1989, M.F.A.||Television writer and novelist, author of the series The Underland Chronicles and The Hunger Games trilogy.|||
|Countee Cullen||GSAS||Author of Ballad of the Brown Girl, Color, Color|
|Noon Meem Danish||Former teaching staff||Urdu poet|||
|Miriam Davenport||IFA*||Painter and sculptor|
|Erica De Mane||CAS||Author of The Flavors of Southern Italy|
|Heather Dewey-Hagborg||Master of Professional Studies in Interactive Telecommunications||Information artist|||
|Crystal Eastman||Law 1907, LL.B.||Leader in early 20th-century feminist and civil liberties activism|
|Ralph Ellison||Faculty 1970–1980||American Academy of Arts & Letters|
|Wayne Federman||TSOA*||Author of Maravich; comedian, The Tonight Show|
|Tom Ford||TSOA*||Design Director for Gucci|
|William Gaines||CAS 1948, B.A.||Founder of MAD magazine|
|Michael Gartner||Law 1972, J.D.||1997 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing|
|Elizabeth Gilbert||CAS B.A., 1991||Author of Eat, Pray, Love|||
|Jorie Graham||TSOA 1973, B.F.A.||Known for complex metaphors and philosophical content|
|Adolph Green||WSC 1938*||Met Betty Comden at NYU|
|Raymond P. Hammond||GAL 2000, MA||Editor-in-Chief of New York Quarterly|
|Sean Hannity||coursework*||Co-host of Hannity and Colmes on Fox News Channel|
|Joseph Heller||WSC 1948||Author of Catch-22|||
|Perez Hilton||B.A., 2000||Blogger, columnist and television personality.|
|Safiya Henderson-Holmes||B.A.||Poet, recipient of the William Carlos Williams Award|||
|Don Hewitt||coursework*||Creator of 60 Minutes|
|Idil Ibrahim||Director and producer; founder of Zeila Films|
|Andrew Jacobs||studied architecture and urban design||New York Times journalist; documentary film director and producer|||
|Jamie Johnson||GAL 2003, B.A.||Filmmaker|||
|David Kaufman||GSAS, M.A.||Contributor to the Financial Times, The New York Times, Details, and the Fox Business Network|
|Swati Khurana||GAL 2001, M.A.||Artist and writer|||
|Andrew Kirtzman||Journalism degree||NY1 and WCBS-TV reporter, author|
|Alen Pol Kobryn||CAS*||Poet|||
|William Lashner||Law, J.D.||Author of legal thrillers|
|Ira Levin||ARTS 1950, B.A.||Known for the broadway musical Deathtrap|
|Paul Levinson||WSC 1974 B.A.; Steinhardt 1979 Ph.D.||Author of The Plot To Save Socrates|
|Charles Battell Loomis||POLY||Author|
|Leonard Maltin||WSC, B.A. (journalism)||Film critic on Entertainment Tonight|
|Demetri Martin||Law*||Comedian, The Daily Show|
|Carson McCullers||GSAS*||Author of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter|
|Frank McCourt||WSC 1953, B.A.||1997 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography or autobiographical Writing|
|Leonard Michaels||WSC 1953, B.A.||Essayist known for his compelling urban tales of whimsy and tragedy|
|Janet Mock||Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, M.A.||Author and journalist known for her 2014 memoir Redefining Realness|||
|Davi Napoleon||TSOA 1989 Ph.D.||Arts journalist and reviewer; author of Chelsea on the Edge: The Adventures of an American Theater|
|William Phillips||GSAS 1930, M.A.||Co-founder of Partisan Review|
|James Amos Porter||GSAS, M.A.||Painter and art historian|
|Dorothy Rabinowitz||GSAS 1960, Ph.D.||2001 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary|
|Herman Raucher||WSC, B.A.||author and screenwriter, Summer of '42, Ode to Billy Joe|
|Charles Reznikoff||Law 1916, LL.B.||Objectivist poet|
|Charlie Rose||Stern 1968, coursework*||Emmy award-winning journalist, television producer, host of PBS's Charlie Rose Show, and correspondent for CBS's 60 Minutes|||
|J. D. Salinger||coursework*||Author of Catcher in the Rye.|||
|Gerald Schoenfeld||Law, J.D.||Chairman of the Shubert Organization (1972–2008)|||
|John Patrick Shanley||Steinhardt 1977, M.A.||Recipient of Pulitzer Prize, Academy Award, Tony Award|
|Arleen Schloss||Education 1965, B.S.||Sound poet, performance and video artist, curator, early childhood educator|
|Sara Shepard||ARTS*||Author of Pretty Little Liars series and The Lying Game series|
|George Segal||ENG 1950, B.S.||Sculptor of monochromatic, cast plaster figures|
|Robert Sobel||CAS 1957, Ph.d.||Business historian; author of For Want of a Nail|
|Danielle Steel||TSOA 1963–1967*||Romance novel author|
|Darin Strauss||ENG 1996, M.F.A.||Guggenheim-winning novelist; Chang and Eng, The Real McCoy|
|Harold C. Schonberg||GSAS 1939, M.A.||1971 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism|
|Beth Ames Swartz||1959, M.A.||Artist|||
|John Paul Thomas||GSAS 1954, M.A.||Artist and educator; studied with William Baziotes|
|Amy Vanderbilt||B.A. 1929||Authority on manners, mores|
|Brian K. Vaughan||Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, Pride of Baghdad|
|Joel Wachs||(born 1939) — Los Angeles City Council member (1970–2001), president of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York City|
|Gene Weingarten||CAS 1972||2008 and 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing|
|Saul Williams||GSAS 1995, M.A.||Author of The Seventh Octave and Said the Shotgun to the Head|
|Robert Anton Wilson||1957–1958||Author of The Illuminatus! Trilogy|
|James N. Wood||Former Director and President of the Art Institute of Chicago (1980–2004); President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust|||
Pulitzer Prize winners
|Name||Relation to NYU||Notability||Reference|
|James Truslow Adams||POLY||1921 Pulitzer Prize for History|
|Milton Babbitt||ARTS 1935, B.A.||1982 Pulitzer Prize, Special Citation, "for his life's work as a distinguished and seminal American composer"|
|Jorie Graham||undergraduate/Film||1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry|
|Michael Gartner||Law 1972, J.D.||2001 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing|
|Morton Gould||CAS, studied under Abby Whiteside||1995 Pulitzer Prize for Stringmusic|
|Galway Kinnell||professor||1982 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry|
|Frank McCourt||CAS 1953, B.A.||1997 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography or Autobiographical Writing|
|George Perle||GSAS 1956, Ph.D.||1986 Pulitzer Prize for Woodwind Quintet No. 4|
|Dorothy Rabinowitz||GSAS 1960, Ph.D.||2001 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary|
|James Ford Rhodes||CAS, 1865– *||1916 Pulitzer Prize for History of the Civil War|
|Harold C. Schonberg||GSAS 1939, M.A.,||1971 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism|
|William Schuman||Stern*||1943 Pulitzer Prize for A Free Song|
|John Patrick Shanley||Steinhardt 1977, M.A.||2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama|
|Charles Simic||CAS 1966, B.A.||1990 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (The World Doesn't End)|
|Neil Simon||CAS 1944–1945*||1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama (Lost in Yonkers)|
|Moneta Sleet Jr.||Master's in journalism||1969 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography (Photo of grieving widow Coretta Scott King)|
|Irwin Unger||professor||1965 Pulitzer Prize for History (The Greenback Era)|
|Gene Weingarten||CAS 1968–1972||2008, 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing|
|Doug Wright||TSOA 1987||2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama|
|Lawrence Wright||fellow, Center for Law and Security||2007 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-fiction|
|Name||Relation to NYU||Notability||Reference|
|Chuck Blazer||Stern, B.S.||FIFA Executive Committee member from 1996 to 2013; CONCACAF General Secretary from 1990 until 2011; Executive Vice President of the U.S. Soccer Federation|
|Nada Al-Bedwawi||Swimmer; competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics|
|Bob Arum||CAS, B.A.||Founder and CEO of Top Rank, one of the most successful professional boxing promotion companies in boxing history|
|Abraham Balk||1947||Foil and épée fencer, 5 NCAA gold medals, selected to 1948 Olympics team|||
|Anjelina Belakovskaia||GSAS 2001, M.S.||U.S. Women's Chess Champion 1995, 1996, 1999|
|Moe Berg||ARTS 1918–1919*||Major League baseball player, spy, quiz show host|
|Gary Bettman||Law 1977, J.D.||NHL Commissioner|
|Georgina Bloomberg||Professional equestrian; daughter of former New York City Mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg|
|Ralph Branca||Steinhardt||Professional baseball pitcher who played 12 seasons in Major League Baseball (1944-1956); played for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1944–53, 1956), Detroit Tigers (1953–54), and New York Yankees (1954); three-time All-Star; in 1951, he allowed a walk-off home run to Bobby Thomson, known as the "Shot Heard 'Round the World"|
|Howard Cann||ENG||Olympic shot putter|
|Tedford H. Cann||Stern||Champion swimmer and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor; world record holder in swimming; Olympian|
|Ben Carnevale||NYU basketball player 1934–1938; Navy Basketball coach 1947–1967|
|Colin Cassady||CAS||Professional wrestler formerly signed to WWE, where he performed under the ring name "Big Cass."|
|Herbert Cohen (fencer)||1962||Olympic fencer|
|Rudy D'Amico||NBA basketball scout, and former college and professional basketball coach|
|Phil Edwards (runner)||Won three bronze Olympic medals|
|Martin Engel||Steinhardt||Olympian in the hammer throw|||
|Eugene Glazer||1962||Olympic fencer|||
|Hank Greenberg||coursework*||Major League baseball player; five-time All-Star; two-time American League MVP; elected to the Hall of Fame|
|Gary Gubner||World record-holding shotputter and Olympic weightlifter|
|Happy Hairston||NBA player, 1971 champion with the Los Angeles Lakers|
|Carol Heiss||CAS||Gold medal winner, Olympic Winter Games 1960|
|Nat Holman||Hall of Fame basketball player and coach|
|Samuel Jones||Olympic gold medalist, high jump, 1904|
|Julia Jones-Pugliese||National champion fencer and fencing coach|
|Barry Kramer||Pro basketball player and jurist|
|Martin Lang (fencer)||1972||Olympic fencer|
|Norman Lewis (fencer)||Olympic fencer|
|William H. Maddren||POLY, B.S.||Head coach of the Johns Hopkins University lacrosse team|
|Edith Master||Olympic bronze medalist equestrian|
|Shep Messing||Olympic soccer player and broadcaster|
|Marvin Miller||CAS, B.S.||Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) from 1966 to 1982|
|Irv Mondschein||Olympic decathlete and three-time U.S. champion, NCAA high-jump champion, and All-East football player|
|Boris Nachamkin||NBA basketball player|
|Reggie Pearman||Steinhardt||Middle distance runner; competed in the 1952 Summer Olympics|
|April Jeanette Mendez||TSOA*||Professional wrestler under the name "AJ Lee"; three-time WWE Divas Champion|
|Colette Nelson||PhD 1998, M.S.||IFBB professional bodybuilder|||
|CJ Picerni||SPS||Drafted by the Washington Nationals|||
|Satch Sanders||NBA player, 1961–1966; champion with the Boston Celtics, 1968–1969|
|Mika'il Sankofa||CAS, 1988||Olympic gold medalist, fencing, 1988, 1992|
|Ollie Satenstein||NFL player|
|Dolph Schayes||NBA player, 3-time FT% leader, 1-time rebound leader, 12-time All-Star, Hall of Fame, and coach|
|Babe Scheuer||NFL player|
|Robert Shmalo||CAS||International ice dancing competitor|
|Ed Smith||1934||NFL Boston Redskins, Green Bay Packers 1936–1937, Model for Heisman Trophy|||
|Moe Spahn||American Basketball League (MVP)|||
|Ken Strong||All-American, 1928||NFL Staten Island Stapletons, New York Giants 1929–1947, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967|
|Paul Tagliabue||Law 1965, J.D.||NFL Commissioner|
|Bill Tanguay||NFL player|
|Sidney Tannenbaum||Two-time All-American basketball guard; left as NYU all-time scorer; pro player|
|Mary Washburn||CAS||Competed for the United States in the 1928 Summer Olympics held in Amsterdam, Netherlands in the 4 x 100 metres, where she won the silver medal|
|Peter Westbrook||Stern||Former sabre fencing champion and Olympic medalist|
|John Woodruff||GSAS 1941, M.A.||Olympic gold medalist, 800 m, 1936|
|Eddie Yost||MLB player for Washington Senators, Detroit Tigers, LA Angels 1944–1962; All Star Team 1952; Coachof Washington Senators, NY Mets, Boston Red Sox 1962–1985|
|Peter Zaremba (athlete)||ENG||Competed for the United States in the 1932 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, United States in the hammer throw, where he won the bronze medal|
|Name||Relation to NYU||Notability||Reference|
|Sir Harold Acton||major benefactor||donated the Villa LaPietra Campus to NYU|
|Elmer Holmes Bobst||major benefactor||namesake of NYU's Elmer Holmes Bobst Library|
|Charles Butler||president of council|
|Albert Gallatin||founder of NYU||Secretary of the Treasury under Thomas Jefferson|
|Martin Kimmel||major benefactor||namesake of NYU's Kimmel Center for Student Life|
|Morgan Lewis||one of the founders of NYU||Governor of New York (1804–1807)|
|Michael Steinhardt||major benefactor||namesake of NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development|
|Leonard N. Stern||major benefactor||namesake of NYU's Stern School of Business|
|Preston Tisch||major benefactor||namesake of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts|
|Donald Wallance||CAS 1930, B.A.||Industrial designer|||
|Oscar Lawton Wilkerson||NYU alum||Tuskegee Airman|
|Miles Redd||NYU alum||Interior designer|||
|The Geico Gecko||NYU Future Alum||Geico Gecko|
The following are characters in film, television, literature, and other media that have a connection to the university:
|Princess Daisy||played by Samantha Mathis||Paleontology student in Super Mario Bros.|
|Rachel Chu||played by Constance Wu||NYU professor of economics in the film Crazy Rich Asians|
|Isabel||played by Julia Roberts||in Stepmom (1998 film)|||
|Darin, Kramer's intern||played by Jarrad Paul||in Seinfeld TV series|
|James Dalton||played by Patrick Swayze||"The Cooler" at The Double Deuce|
|Ross Geller, professor of paleontology||played by David Schwimmer||in the TV show Friends|
|Bud Fox||played by Charlie Sheen||main character in Wall Street|
|Charlie||played by Charlie Sheen||in TV show Spin City|
|Paul Finch||played by Eddie Kaye Thomas||in the American Pie films|
|Victor Ward||in Glamorama by Bret Easton Ellis|
|Denise Fleming||played by Lauren Ambrose||in the film Can't Hardly Wait|
|Tom Collins||originated by Jesse L. Martin||NYU professor in the musical Rent|
|Fritz the Cat||voiced by Skip Hinnant||in the film directed by Ralph Bakshi|
|Theo Huxtable||played by Malcolm-Jamal Warner||in The Cosby Show|
|Dr. Guy Luthan||played by Hugh Grant||in Extreme Measures (NYU Med Student)|
|Jack Campbell||played by Nicolas Cage||in The Family Man|
|Alvy Singer||played Woody Allen||in Annie Hall|
|Dalton||played by Patrick Swayze||in Road House graduated from NYU with a degree in philosophy|
|Alex Foreman||played by Scarlett Johansson||in In Good Company (2004)|
|Dr. Roy Tam||played by Sab Shimono||is an NYU science professor in The Shadow (1994)|
|Will Truman||played by Eric McCormack||in Will and Grace|
|Leo Markus||played by Harry Connick Jr.||in Will and Grace|
|Blair Waldorf||played by Leighton Meester||in Gossip Girl|
|Dan Humphrey||played by Penn Badgley||in Gossip Girl|
|Vanessa Abrams||played by Jessica Szohr||in Gossip Girl|
|Georgina Sparks||played by Michelle Trachtenberg||in Gossip Girl|
|Olivia Burke||played by Hilary Duff||in Gossip Girl|
|Em Lewin||played by Kristen Stewart||in Adventureland|
|Tyler Hawkins||played by Robert Pattinson||in Remember Me|
|Ally Craig||played by Emilie De Ravin||in Remember Me|
|Robert "Moose" Alexander III||played by Adam G. Sevani||in Step Up 3D|
|Camille Gage||played by Alyson Stoner||in Step Up 3D|
|Topanga Lawrence||played by Danielle Fishel||in Boy Meets World ends up with a scholarship to NYU Law in Season 7|
|Grace||played by Selena Gomez||in Monte Carlo|
|Shoshanna Shapiro||played by Zosia Mamet||in Girls|
|Jordan Kersey||played by Camila Morrone||in Death Wish.|||
|Elijah (Eli) Goldsworthy||played by Munro Chambers||in Degrassi|
- Ruth Madoff (born 1941), wife of Bernie Madoff.
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