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
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
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
Saivo Tung
Columbia Engineering
Class of 1973

CEO, North America, Investcorp

Media

Marcus Brauchli
Columbia College
Class of 1983

Executive Editor, The Washington Post

David Denby
Columbia College
Class of 1965

Film Critic, The New Yorker

Jared Eng
Columbia Engineering
Class of 2004

Blogger, Just Jared

Juan González
Columbia College
Class of 1968

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

Megan McCain
Columbia College
Class of 2007

Talk show host

Janice Min
Columbia College
Class of 1990
Editorial Director, Hollywood Reporter
Claire Shipman
Columbia College
Class of 1986

Reporter, Good Morning America

George Stephanopoulos
Columbia College
Class of 1982

Anchor, Good Morning America

Alexandra Wallace
Columbia College
Class of 1988
Senior Vice President, NBC News

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

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
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
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
Joshua Bloch
Columbia Engineering
Class of 1982
Chief Java Architect, Google
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
Eddie Collins
Columbia College
Class of 1907

Member, Baseball National Hall of Fame

Ben Collins
Columbia Engineering
Class of 2005
Professional Triathlete
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