Alumni

Columbia alumni have been successful in every field imaginable. They are extraordinary individuals who have paved new paths: founders of the United States, great physicists, scientists, artists, writers, engineers, doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, playwrights and teachers. Check out what just some undergraduate alumni have done after Columbia.

Arts

Isaac Asimov
Columbia College
Class of 1939
Science Fiction Author
Ric Burns
Columbia College
Class of 1978

Documentary Filmmaker

Tze Chun
Columbia College
Class of 2006
Choreographer, founder of Tze Chun Dance Company
Bill Condon
Columbia College
Class of 1976

Film Director

Brian Dennehy
Columbia College
Class of 1960

Tony award-winning Actor

Art Garfunkel
Columbia College
Class of 1962

Musician

Allen Ginsberg
Columbia College
Class of 1948

Poet

Maggie Gyllenhaal
Columbia College
Class of 1998
Oscar-nominated Actress
Katori Hall
Columbia College
Class of 2003
Playwright
Oscar Hammerstein II
Columbia College
Class of 1916
Lyricist
Jack Kerouac
Columbia College
Class of 1944

Novelist

Tom Kitt
Columbia College
Class of 1996
Tony Award-winning composer
Jenji Kohan
Columbia College
Class of 1991

Television writer and producer

Tony Kushner
Columbia College
Class of 1978
Pulitzer Award-winning playwright
Kate McKinnon
Columbia College
Class of 2006

Comedian

Terrence McNally
Columbia College
Class of 1960

Tony Award-winning Playwright

Nullsleep
Columbia Engineering
Class of 2003

Electronic Musician

Richard Rodgers
Columbia College
Class of 1923
Composer
Jenny Slate
Columbia College
Class of 2004

Comedian

Julia Stiles
Columbia College
Class of 2005

Actress

Alisa Weilerstein
Columbia College
Class of 2004
Cellist, MacArthur "Genius" Grant Recipient
Herman Wouk
Columbia College
Class of 1934

Pulitizer Prize-winning Author

Greg Wyatt
Columbia College
Class of 1971
Sculptor
Brian Yorkey
Columbia College
Class of 1993

Tony Award-winning Playwright

Business

Jim Albaugh
Columbia Engineering
Class of 1974

Former President, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Robert Bakish
Columbia Engineering
Class of 1985

CEO and President, Viacom International Media Networks

Ursula Burns
Columbia Engineering
Class of 1982

Former CEO, Xerox Corporation

Angeliki Frangou
Columbia Engineering
Class of 1988

CEO, Navios

Eve Hinman
Columbia Engineering
Class of 1982

Founder and President, Hinman Consulting Engineers

Herman Hollerith
Columbia Engineering
Class of 1890
Founder of IBM
Ralph Izzo
Columbia Engineering
Class of 1979

Chairman and CEO, Public Service Enterprise Incorporated

Roy Mankovitz
Columbia Engineering
Class of 1963

Lawyer, inventor, entrepreneur and health strategist

Vikram Pandit
Columbia Engineering
Class of 1976
Former CEO, Citigroup
Savio Tung
Columbia Engineering
Class of 1973

Senior Advisor to the Executive Chairman and former CIO, North America, Investcorp

Media

Marcus Brauchli
Columbia College
Class of 1983

Former Executive Editor, The Washington Post

David Denby
Columbia College
Class of 1965

Author and former film critic, The New Yorker

Jared Eng
Columbia Engineering
Class of 2004

Blogger, Just Jared

Juan González
Columbia College
Class of 1968

Co-host, Democracy Now! and former columnist, New York Daily News

John Kluge
Columbia College
Class of 1937

Television Executive

Alfred Abraham Knopf
Columbia College
Class of 1912

Publisher

John R. MacArthur
Columbia College
Class of 1978

Publisher, Harper's Magazine

Meghan McCain
Columbia College
Class of 2007

Talk show host

Claire Shipman
Columbia College
Class of 1986

Reporter, Good Morning America

George Stephanopoulos
Columbia College
Class of 1982

Anchor, Good Morning America

Politics

Harold Brown
Columbia College
Class of 1945

Former Secretary of Defense of the United States

Jose A. Cabranes
Columbia College
Class of 1961

First Puerto Rican to sit on a United States District Court

Eric Garcetti
Columbia College
Class of 1992

Mayor of Los Angeles

Julius Genachowski
Columbia College
Class of 1983

Former Chairman, Federal Communications Comission

Judd Gregg
Columbia College
Class of 1969

Former United States Senator

Eric Holder Jr.
Columbia College
Class of 1973

82nd Attorney General of the United States

Toomas Hendrik Ilves
Columbia College
Class of 1972
Former President of Estonia
Joel Klein
Columbia College
Class of 1967

Former Chancellor, New York City Department of Education

Barack Obama
Columbia College
Class of 1983
44th President of the United States
Michael Oren
Columbia College
Class of 1977
Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States
David Paterson
Columbia College
Class of 1977

First African American governor of New York

Milton Moran Weston II
Columbia College
Class of 1930
Activist

Science and Engineering

Edwin Armstrong
Columbia Engineering
Class of 1913
Inventor of FM radio
Kai-Fu Lee
Columbia College
Class of 1983

Former head, Google China

Michael J. Massimino
Columbia Engineering
Class of 1984
NASA Astronaut
William Barclay Parsons
Columbia Engineering
Class of 1882

Lead Designer, New York subway system

Harry Yudenfriend
Columbia Engineering
Class of 1976

IBM Fellow

Sports

Caitlin Bilodeaux
Columbia College
Class of 1987
Fencer, two-time Olympian, four-time NCAA All-American
Ben Collins
Columbia Engineering
Class of 2005

Professional Triathlete

Eddie Collins
Columbia College
Class of 1907

Member, Baseball National Hall of Fame

Robert Kraft
Columbia College
Class of 1963

Owner, New England Patriots

Sid Luckman
Columbia College
Class of 1939
Pro Football Hall of Fame Honoree
Cristina Teuscher
Columbia College
Class of 2000
Olympic gold swimmer
Marcellus Wiley
Columbia College
Class of 1997
Sports Analyst, Former Professional Football Player

University Life

Jacques Barzun
Columbia College
Class of 1927

Historian; one of the world's most prominent philosophers of education

Jennifer Baszile
Columbia College
Class of 1991

African American Studies Professor

Barry Bergdoll
Columbia College
Class of 1977

Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, the Museum of Modern Art

Virginia Cornish
Columbia College
Class of 1991

Chemistry Professor; winner of a NSF Career Award

Amy Dooling
Columbia College
Class of 1991
Chinese Studies Scholar
Eric Foner
Columbia College
Class of 1963

Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian

Elmer Gaden
Columbia Engineering
Class of 1944

Father of Biomedical Engineering

Laura Kaufman
Columbia College
Class of 1997
Chemistry Professor
Donald Keene
Columbia College
Class of 1942
Japanese Studies Expert
Robert C. Merton
Columbia Engineering
Class of 1966

Nobel Prize-winning Economist

Mary Pattillo
Columbia College
Class of 1991

Sociologist

Sean Wilentz
Columbia College
Class of 1972

Grammy-nominated American historian