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New York University (NYU) is one of the world's premier residential research and teaching institutions.[1] 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.[2]

NYU ranks 5th globally among universities with the highest number of alumni worth $30 million or more, as compiled by ABC News.[3] CNBC ranks NYU 4th globally among universities with the most billionaire graduates.[4] National Academy of Inventors ranks NYU 19th in the world based on the number of patents generated.[5] 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.[6] NYU also is the second top feeder school for analyst careers in finance and investment banking, after University of Pennsylvania, on Wall Street.[7]

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Paula Wishart: Welcome to the University of Michigan's student to student discussion today, and we're really pleased to have you join us. My name is Paula Wishart, and I work here at Rackham Graduate School. I'll be moderating the panel today. Joining me today are six current Michigan students who will share their insights with you on the transition to U of M. Also joining is Natalie Bartolacci who will be moderating the questions you send us online. You can send a question anytime. Let me let Natalie introduce herself. Natalie Bartolacci: Hi, I'm Natalie Bartolacci, and I head up the student development area here at Rackham Graduate School. We're really pleased to have you join us today, and we hope to see many of you at Rackham's follow up information fair on August 29th. Paula: A little plug there. I also want to add that we held a discussion like this earlier this summer for international students, and a recording of that conversation is also available. We're going to begin with an opening question. For this opening question, we're going to ask the students to introduce themselves and share their perspectives on this question. From there, we'll continue with the questions that we have here, and the questions that you send us live. Let's start. When you think about your first week here at U of M, what were the things you remember most? Kyle Southern: I'm Kyle Southern. I'm a third-year doctoral student in the higher education program here at Michigan. I'm originally from North Carolina. In thinking about those first few days and weeks on campus, what strikes me is that I had been working for several years after my master's program. Coming here, having to adjust back into being a student, there was a bit of a transition in that. I was very used to going home at five or six or seven o'clock, and not having to worry about work anymore. Coming to graduate school, you're in class or doing meetings most of the day, and then nighttime is really a good time to do reading and preparation for the next day. Adjusting to that was definitely a transition. I also was trying to take care of the practical side of life, so where was I going to get my groceries, or go to the bank, where to get my hair cut, all those kinds of things. It was good to speak with my colleagues, with other students who were a few years ahead of me, with faculty and other folks who are close to me in the school of education, to get ideas on where to take care of those things. That was a process for me of navigating both the transition to academic life, but also to life in Ann Arbor. Chukwuka Mbagwu: My name is Chukwuka Mbagwu, and I usually go by Chuky. I'm a rising third-year student in aerospace engineering, and I come from Riverside, California. I think one of the things that really stuck in my memory the first weeks that I came to Missions campus, was just the amount of people that were here. It was such a lively environment when I stepped on the campus, because from my previous institution, this school's actually four times bigger. For a second seemed somewhat intimidating, but it was really great to see a lot of people just out and about, see the great sports culture for the homecoming games and things like that. It was a really good experience, different experience for me, but something that expanded my horizons a little bit. Paula: Thanks, Chuky. Miguel? Miguel: My name is Miguel. I am from Mexico. I'm a second year Master in OEC at the Ford School of [inaudible 03:23] . When I arrived to Ann Arbor, it was surprising for me to find a really warm weather. I was expecting a dry place or, I don't know, I wasn't expecting doing the jungle... [laughter] Miguel: ...and that. There is a lot of nature and so many places where -- incredible when I arrived in August and I think the weather will be pretty similar this year. Yeah, that was the great memory I have from Ann Arbor, finding something really un-expectable for the first week. Kristye Russell: Hi. My name is Kristye Russell and I'm from Louisville, Kentucky. I am a fourth year Doctorate of Pharmacy student. What I remember most about the first few weeks being here at U of M was, one, it was busy. Because I was trying to transition back into school and going to classes, taking quizzes, because we had quizzes in the first week of my program. But also, just all the events that were going on that allowed me to get to know people on campus as well as the people in my program. Just getting to know my classmates and building the relationships and friendships. Katy Peplin: My name is Katy. I am a rising fourth year in Experience Arts and Cultures PhD program. What I remember most from my first couple of weeks here is I was actually a Michigan undergrad, so I was expecting to come back to the campus and have full mastery. I remember coming back and everything was different, there were new buildings, there were new people, there were new offices to go to, and feeling really disoriented when I was ready to feel very confident. I wish that I would have taken time to figure out where my classes were before the first day, because they were in a whole new building, and I had no idea where I was going. Supraja Damotharan: Hi, everybody, I'm Supraja and I'm from India. I am also a student in the Financial Engineering program. The next semester is going to be final semester. The first few weeks that I came to University of Michigan, the biggest feeling was I kind of felt lost because I was here by the month of June, which is pretty early and there are not many students around campus. It's a huge campus and you have to find your way. Every turn I took, I forgot which route I took. I would stop everybody on the way and ask them. Nobody would know, but they would be kind enough to stop and use their smartphones and Google Maps and guide me in the right...I did not have a smartphone. That was very helpful. That's the biggest thing I remember. The first few weeks I did not have housing. That was a big worry for me at that time. But I did manage to find housing. The thing is that I got to know a lot of people who still did not have housing. If you don't have housing, you don't need to panic is what I realized at that point. You have choices. It's not like you are going to be stuck in a really bad place. That was one thing. Then, since I am an international student I have never been away from home, stayed at home all my life. This was kind of like being alone for the first time. It was nice, but I was homesick as well a bit. [laughs] Then meeting so many people from so many different countries, it felt like, "Oh, my God. This is why I came to University of Michigan, to experience the diversity." It's here in Michigan. Paula: We've heard some of the things about making that transition logistically that first week. What sort of advice would any of you offer about that arrival on campus? Chukwuka: I definitely have a couple of things. Housing was also mentioned earlier. I think that for all students it's really important to get that done early. Depending on your department's admissions process and cycle, you can gain your admission and ultimately make your decision anywhere from April or later. Sometimes that can create some anxiety in terms of whether or not you'll be able to find housing. But the university provides a lot of resources in terms of matching you with roommates and housing and find things like that. I think just getting started on that process really early is important. If you are able to visit the campus before you come here in the fall, I think that's really helpful in terms of seeing the place that you are going to be living in or just familiarizing yourself with your classrooms, your department, and all of those things. Just being able to figure out housing or getting an early start, you really don't want to push that too late. But even so, there's a lot of resources for you to get that done. Kyle: I agree with that. I also thought it was valuable. I got here just a little bit before classes started. I had a few days with not too much on my schedule. It was helpful to just kind of walk around downtown, just kind of see where things were, learn kind of the grid, where are the major streets, just kind of get landmarks not only on practical things, but also restaurants or interesting things that looked like I'd want to check them out. Supraja: I would like to just add onto this. Before you arrive at University of Michigan, it would be nice to get in touch with your fellow students, because you will learn a lot of unexpected small things that you'd arrive and then you would found out and it would be a surprise. But if you get in touch with your fellow students, they will mention small things like housing, "These apartments are not good. Maybe you can choose another one." Small stuff that you would not realize but it would help you out. That would be one thing. Paula: What are some other resources? Getting in touch with your fellow students. You were sort of hinting toward some helpful resources. What sort of things do you think would be good to check out ahead of time? Kyle: Definitely in terms of housing, there is Northwood Housing, a website that helps put you in contact with other Northwood students. There is also The University of Michigan off-campus housing website, which I found particularly useful. I discovered it late, so I think this is great that you guys would hopefully get a kind of advanced notice of this resource, because it's really good. It allows you to kind of identify and select your particular price range, neighborhood that you want to live in, roommates, whether it's up to two, three, or four roommates, things like that. That's really helpful in terms of housing on site. Katy: I would say that in terms of off-campus housing, a lot of Ann Arbor leases are for a year. But a lot of times undergraduate students or either graduate students are away on fellowship or they are studying abroad. There are often short term sublets that you can get for a month or two that would give you the chance to sort of move in, at least partially, and then find out what neighborhood you want. I know a lot of people who have successfully taken a short term sublet and then moved into a forever home a little bit later if they didn't know the city as well. A lot of times those are posted on the off-campus housing website, so they are university students that could give you further advice. Kyle: I'm sure we could provide, after the broadcast, links on a website for you guys to go check it out. Paula: Do you guy want to give any thoughts on the different parts of campus, sort of how the campus is broken up? Miguel: Like [inaudible 11:11] , there are three campuses-one in the north, another in the center of Ann Arbor, and another in the south. In my case, most of my classes are in the central campus, but I live in the north campus. I have to take one of the busses from the university. There are two major bus systems in Ann Arbor. One is provided by the university, and the other is provided by the city. Both of them are free. But in the university busses you don't have to identify yourself. Anyone can take the bus without paying a lot for it. I have to take a bus. It's only like 15 or 20 minutes from the place that I take classes. Many people will say, "Oh, that's a really big distance. You are living in another campus, and you are taking multiple classes in central campus." But yeah, it's a greater distance, but in most of the big cities in the US that would be an incredible deal, only one bus and 20-minute ride. Those are the main divisions. I would suggest in case you are going to take most of your classes in one of the campuses that you look for housing around those places, just to make it easier. But actually, it's not a big deal. Katy: We talked a lot about housing, but we didn't talk a lot about getting to where we need to be. Getting home and getting to our classes or getting to the library. I think it's always a good deal to look at the bus route, figure out how you are going to get from your house to class ahead of time. Also, if you want to drive, looking up how to get a parking pass ahead of time, because parking can be a challenge on campus. If you don't want to be late to classes, then it's good to know where you can park ahead of time. Supraja: I'd just like to add on to her statement. Residence parking, sometimes some of my classmates, they park a mile away and walk, which does not make sense. It's better to take the public transport, the U Mich busses, especially during winters. It would be better to just take busses rather than having to skip or something like that. They are very frequent. Even the city busses, during the week those are pretty frequent. As Miguel said, both busses are free. But for the city bus, if you have an M Card you just need to swipe and it's free. For the university busses you don't need M cards. Anyone is allowed on the bus. Paula: Your M Card is your ID card. Supraja: Yeah, ID card. Kyle: To give you some advice, when you arrive to Ann Arbor, go to get your M Card. [laughter] [crosstalk] Paula: Does anyone have a card? [crosstalk] Paula: That's the M Card. It will get you into performances or... Supraja: Yeah. You get discounts with this card. Katy: It's a library card... Kyle: Everything. Supraja: I know this is right in between, but there is this free bus service to try it out. Even that you can access using the M Card. You just need to swipe and the ride is free. You can go into downtown Detroit, look around, and then come back by the same bus. You use the M Card, and it's free. Natalie: I did get a question coming in about, "What is the best way to get to and from the airport?" [crosstalk] Kyle: The best service I have found is the Michigan Flier bus, which runs from downtown and also from the Southside of town by the interstate. There is a hotel where it picks up called Kensington Court. It leaves maybe about every hour. It's only $12 each way, in contrast to a cab would probably run you $50-$60 to get from the airport to here. I would really recommend the Michigan Flier as a good and reliable service. Paula: It's a bus, right? Kyle: It's a nice coach bus. There's WiFi. You just kind of hang out. They give you water. It's a nice ride. Katy: Just to second the Michigan Flier. It's incredibly convenient. Supraja: They are on time most of the time. If you have too many bags or baggage which you don't think you can handle on a bus, you can take a cab. But you can try to find somebody who is taking the ride to Ann Arbor at the same time as you so that you can share the cab ride so it's not that expensive. You don't need to take the cab for yourself. Katy: I've also seen people save money by taking the Michigan Flier and then just a cab from wherever the bus stop is to their location. It's more like a $10 cab ride instead of a $60 cab ride. Miguel: I arrived here with my family. When we arrived we decided to rent a car and it was a good deal. We rented a car in the Detroit airport, so we just drove like 30 minutes and we left the car in Ann Arbor. For [inaudible 16:34] many times, this is an option because you bring a lot of luggage and you prefer not to take a bus. It's really easy. It's also useful for the first two or three days to have the car in order to buy things, in order to go to the store. Chukwuka: I would also like to put out that the Michigan Flier runs from 8AM to 8PM. There is limited hours. If you have a midnight flight our off-peak hours, then you can use another service. Paula: Good suggestion. [crosstalk] Paula: You have a car? Katy: I do have a car. I have a car, but I very rarely take it to campus proper because I can very rarely park close for anything less than six or seven dollars, which if you are coming from New York City, it's like, "Wow! What a deal!" But if you do it three or four days a week, it really adds up. I do use the car for things like going to the grocery story store. But I've also never lived in a place where I couldn't also take the bus. I have a lot of friends that don't have cars, but I find that since cars are a luxury, the people who have cars are pretty generous with them. There are people that either don't have a car in your department that will split a Zip Car with you to go to the grocery store with you, or people that will say...I often say to people in my department that don't have a car, "I'm going to the grocery store. Do you want me to pick up anything or do you want to come with me?" Because it's often just an extra two or three minutes and then they don't have to take all of their stuff on the bus. Kyle: What is Zip Car? Katy: Zip Car is an online private car sharing service. I think almost all of the Michigan lots have Zip Cars. But you sign up online and you basically reserve a car and you pay by the hour. If you have just a short term one-off expense or you really need to get to Birmingham for an interview and you don't want to pay for a car the whole time, it's fully insured. It's not the cheapest thing. But if you split it with people for a one-time thing, it's more affordable than renting a car. It's often more convenient. Paula: Birmingham, Michigan... [crosstalk] Paula: Because Ann Arbor is in the state of Michigan, beyond Michigan, beyond Ann Arbor, what sort of things do you recommend people check out when they get here when they have a little time to check it out? Kristye: One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is to go to Detroit. I love going to Detroit. They have the eastern market, which is the outdoor farmer's market on Saturday mornings. It's beautiful. There's all kinds of fruit and vegetables, crafts. People are performing. There are some great restaurants right around there as well. I also recommend that if you are able to, go to one of Michigan's beaches. I just left [inaudible 19:31] City Beach. Beautiful. It was a gorgeous place. If you can make it up there and get to see Lake Picaroon? Kyle: Detroit also has pro football, pro baseball, pro hockey. The Detroit Institute of Art has a great art collection. Lot of great things to do there, movie series, concerts. I agree. Then also towns like Kalamazoo or Grand Rapids are not too far away. Those are a great day trip as well. Supraja: I'd like to add onto that Battle Creek is the [inaudible 20:08] city. Maybe you can check it out. I've never done the tourist thing at Battle Creek, but I think it's a place to recommend. Katy: I go to a lot of state parks actually, because in Michigan if you pay for a Michigan license plate, it often gives you free admission to many state parks. It's like a 15 or 20 minute drive to really good hikes that sometimes it feels good to get out of the city [laughs] of Ann Arbor and see some trees. But there's also good parks around Ann Arbor. The Arb is sort of an open air botanical garden. It's big enough that you can sort to feel like you got away. I like that quite a bit. Supraja: If you want to get out of the city, just go to the North campus of The University of Michigan... [laughter] [crosstalk] Paula: You mentioned something about the parks. Miguel: Yeah. I have two children, so I spend a lot of time in parks playing with them. It's just been amazing because in the beginning of the summer we decided to visit all the city parks that are in Ann Arbor, not outside. We haven't done that yet because there are a lot of places where we can go with the kids and to the playground. There are many activities to do if you have children. Even if you don't have them, many of those parks have incredible [inaudible 21:37] . You can row them in the river or you can also do a lot of nature stuff and sports. If you want to go farther, you can go to Chicago and it's only three or four hours away. If you find a deal, you can go [inaudible 21:53] . It's a really good place to go and visit if you really want to go... Kyle: In Chicago the train is good and usually not too expensive. You can also take Mega Bus... [crosstalk] Supraja: There are bus services too. Katy: Those will go to most of the major cities in Michigan, too. You can take a Greyhound or a Mega Bus to Kalamazoo. Supraja: Sometimes busses are recommended over trains because sometimes trains are slow. Busses are very fast. Paula: We've been talking about a lot of fun stuff, and we'll get back to that. But we also know that students are coming here for academic reasons, too. What kind of advice would you share with them? Maybe think of it from the point of view as when you came to graduate school, what was surprising to you academically? What sort of things did you discover that you think will be helpful to share with students who are just entering? Supraja: I'd just like to point out that academics is quite rigorous. You should be prepared to give it your best. That was my thought when I started school here. It's not like you can have fun and get good grades. You have to work really hard. You have to be prepared. That's it. It's not scary. It's the reality of grad school. But it is tough. Kristye: I might have a different experience because I am in a health professional program. But when I came here, I had sat a year out from school. I graduated from graduate school and then I taught school for a year and then I came to pharmacy school. The sheer volume of work is I guess what I remember the most, because right now I'm not in classes, but it was just the volume of working, becoming acclimated to having my quizzes and exams weekly and every other day. If you can eliminate any type of worry. That for me was getting my lunch ready at night. These are the little things that can cause you to be stressed out when you have to be some place or in your class on time. Getting my lunch ready at night, getting dressed, picking out my clothes, knowing where my car keys were, knowing where my bus pass was, those type of things. Just getting a routine and getting that established... Kyle: That's so important. I would just add that you can be working on things all the time, so it's important to establish parameters for yourself and to be mindful, as you alluded to, of self-care. Not to think, "Oh, I'll go exercise if I have time later this week," because you can always talk yourself out of that. If your face life is important, you need to carve out time for that. It's just important to keep a realistic perspective. It's easy to lose track of, I think, when you are coming in and getting involved with the work. But you're going to be better at the work if you are also taking care of yourself. Make sure you are carving out that time, whatever is most valuable for you. Katy: The best advice I got was to treat my graduate program like a job, because a lot of us are either coming from job experience or we really need to make that transition. Feeling like I had working hours and then non-working hours was really helpful for me, not just to make sure that I had self-care, but to make sure that I was using those hours as well as I could. Because there is sort of an expectation and so many different people will tell you that they are reading all of the time or that they're working all of the time that it becomes really easy to imagine that everyone is working always. In some cases that's true, but they might not be as efficient as they could be. When I would say, "You have two hours to get this amount of reading done," it let me know that I could stop at a certain point, but it also made me more productive in those two hours, in the same way that my friends that had jobs knew that they only had a certain amount of time to get that task done, and so they couldn't be taking every meeting. They couldn't be having every lunch. They had to be strategic about knowing their own limits. Paula: What kind of suggestions do you have like that in terms of creating academic habits, whether it be yourself or how you reach out to other people? Are there suggestions you have? Kristye: I like to make a task list. I found that that helps me to keep track of everything that is due or even just the things that need to be done in that day so it doesn't spill over to the next day, and I'm running behind on things. I always make a task list of all the things that have to be done or even just fill out a calendar of assignments that are due or exams that are coming up. Supraja: I think, like she said, you have to prioritize a lot, because during the academic year, you have to concentrate on your academics, as well as if you are recruiting, you have to be sure you are at the company events you'd like to work for. If you are doing research, you have to prioritize that as well. I know a few people who just go to all these networking events and not concentrate on their classes. You shouldn't do that. You should strike this balance where you pick the companies which you really, really want to work for. The classes, which are very important, the assignments which need to be submitted, you have to juggle it all. Paula: In terms of reaching out to academic support instructors in your department, some I know are department specific. Some are shared. But do you have things that you've found really helpful, things you'd recommend? Chukwuka: Definitely. I think one of the first things when you are out on campus that you should do is you should really get to know your department coordinators and administrators. They are absolutely the number one resource you can for your department or program specific needs. They know all the forms you need to fill out. They know all the how to really interact with the professors and your instructors and even connect you with other students if you need to work with a study group or things like that. They are a really good resource. Very good for funding, definitely for doctoral students. You can either come up with a package or you can have some type of teaching fellowship or other things like that. They can help you work all those details out, whereas you can sometimes feel overwhelmed. I think getting to know your administrators, they are only there to help and they've been there for a while and they know everything in and out. Getting to know them on a personal level is really important. They definitely go out of their way to help you. Kyle: Even outside of programs, many people will come in and have a statistics sequence or stats requirement. That can be a source of some stress for students. I know it was for me when I came in. But there are regular workshops on campus to help students through those issues. These are people who are [inaudible 29:29] with packages and things and help you work through those and help you get it. Even if you miss a little something in class, they can help explain it to you in a clearer way. Also, many students come in with some concerns about writing and the Sweetland Writing Center on campus is a really good resource for a lot of students to help them think for how to structure their arguments and be clear in their language. That's been a real great resource for a lot of people as well. Katy: I know that I am very fixated on the email that Rack 'Em puts out. It was every Friday during the school year. I think it's every month during the summer. [crosstalk] Katy: I found it really overwhelming when I first got here how many resources were offered to me. I could have made a fulltime job out of just accessing the resources. That digest on Friday was really helpful for me to see and decide... I went to workshops on how to read more quickly, how to fill out my FAFSA. They have really practical things as well as academic stuff. Knowing that there was that one email that would have most of the important life skills or academic core skills was really helpful to me to feel like I wasn't as prodigious and overwhelming. If you can find ways to be systematic about looking for those things, it really helps cut down on the anxiety of, am I missing this, or is this big important thing happening and I don't know about it? Paula: Just before you jump in real quick. Could you talk a little bit about what Rackham is? I'll put you on the spot. You gave a good definition of it. Katy: The way I think about it is that Rackham is the bigger college office. When I was an undergrad here there was Undergraduate Office of Admissions, there was the Undergraduate Career Center. Now that I'm a graduate student, Rackham is the umbrella organization that covers many of those really important academic skills that aren't necessarily departmental specific. My departmental administrator is really great for things like what format should my prospectus be, or when do I file. But Rackham has really important information about funding deadlines, and taxes and writing. They're also a great hub, that even if they don't...I find that the various offices are all really friendly, so even if they don't know the answer, they know where to point you next. In a system that's as large and complicated as Michigan is administratively...Like every department has its own administrator, every school has its own organizational system. Rackham is a way to have one place that you start and then branch out. Paula: People view Rackham in any other way that they could... Supraja: She mentioned the Rackham emails. Rackham organizes a lot of social events for the graduate students as well, like for them to get together and find new people to become friends with. That email contains not only grant deadlines and professional workshops and such, but also social events like a movie screening or an ice cream social or something like that, which I think you should always make a point of going to at least one because you meet so many different people. It's always fun, in my experience. Never unsubscribe from Rackham emails. You get a lot of emails from your different schools as well. I'm from the College of Engineering, and they send me emails about career fairs and some company events. If you unsubscribe, you're going to miss out on a lot of stuff. Never unsubscribe is my... Kyle: Rackham is also blessed with really generous endowment. I would really encourage students who are coming in to visit the Rackham fellowships web page and see the number of different opportunities there are for funding from this school. I had a travel grant to go to a conference in my field this fall that comes from Rackham. I've accepted to do a presentation. This summer, I had a spring-summer research grant that's funding me for these four months, which is great to have. I can work on my independent research. There are pre-doctoral dissertation fellowships. There's a lot of resources that you can get money to help pay off student loan interest. There's all kinds of little pots of money sitting around Rackham. If you're intentional about looking up what those are, and just a little bit of legwork to fill out the applications, chances are you're going to be able to benefit from one of those pools of resources. Paula: We also are building. I'm just going to mention that because we're sitting in the Rackham building right now. It's a beautiful, beautiful building. You can study in it. We hold workshops, professional development workshops as well as social workshops. Kyle: Major speaking events. Paula: Major speaking events, yes. Katy: I know that for me it was a big concern about so many of the spaces on campus are filled with undergraduate students, which is great, because a lot of them are very bound to the campus and you can see them everywhere. But sometimes it's a little bit... Kyle: You were one not so long ago. Katy: I was, and I still very often am mistaken for one, but I found it really helpful to come to Rackham to study because there's something freeing about knowing that undergrads won't come into this building really, and knowing that if I'm really frustrated with something or grading, it was a little bit of privacy that I didn't get in my department, which also has an undergraduate program. If you're feeling claustrophobic in your department, which sometimes can happen, especially my department's very small, so I find Rackham to be a welcome oasis. The reading rooms are beautiful. They're very quiet. Miguel: I will say that one really important thing in the University of Michigan is to know really different people. Most of us come from other schools together, to get specific skills and to learn the specific things. Rackham is a thing where you can forget about it and you can just remember that there are some people... In my case, I study public policy. It's nice to remember that there are people studying biology or other kinds of fields that maybe you are not necessarily concerned about it, but it's always refreshing to listen to them, and seeing that there are many other things outside of you. Kristye: I definitely used Rackham to meet other people because my program isn't under Rackham, but Rackham still can serve me. One of the way that it has is that it has allowed me to meet different people and people from different disciplines and different departments. Natalie: Would you mind mentioning your involvement with an organization? Kristye: Sure. I'm the Vice President of Students of Color Rackham, which is a graduate student organization, of course. It's meant to bring students from all disciplines together for social and professional academic wellbeing, and to provide a site space where we can all come together, meet, and get whatever things that we need from each other. [crosstalk] Chukwuka: I'm the Vice President of Rackham Student Government, which is the student faction representing all the schools in Rackham from the four different divisions -- humanities, engineering, social sciences, and... Kyle: The other one. Chukwuka: The other one. [laughs] I didn't say that, though. We really liaise a lot with the Rackham administrators here to provide social events for the students, collaborate financially also, putting together the professional activities and things like that. We really just try to work hand-in-hand to represent graduate students' voices and bring to them events that could be helpful and beneficial to them. Natalie: This is great timing, actually. We did receive a question. Does Rackham host social events? Since some of you were mentioning that. Go to football games together, et cetera, was the question. Yes. Your particular organizations that you mentioned. Can some of you talk about social outlets that you've plugged into maybe your school or college or your department program, if your department or program has a student organization within that that is active and getting students together. Supraja: I'm part of GradSWE. That's the Graduate Society of Women Engineers. It's pretty popular on north campus because that's where the College of Engineering is placed. You can be a part of GradSWE on a country level but you need to pay for membership. If you want to be a part of University of Michigan's chapter you don't need to pay anything. The good part is that...I call myself a fake engineer because I'm actually doing financial mathematics, it's just called financial engineering. I get to meet all these women and men -- there are men in GradSWE as well -- and they are from nuclear engineering and biomedical engineering. When they talk about different things, it's so interesting. One girl, she was talking about nuclear reactors and how Michigan has one of the biggest...I don't remember the name. It's supposed to be one of the best reactors of something. It's very interesting to know that Michigan has all this... [audio break] Supraja: space where it's all about your cause. They also host fun stuff like pumpkin carving and apple picking, movie screening, and bar hopping. I don't know what you call that. [laughter] Katy: Bar crawl. Supraja: It's fun. It's not specific to engineers. Since it's called Women's Society of Engineers, I know men who are part of the society as well. It's a very interesting thing. Paula: We sponsor things with SWE too, so Rackham does do a lot of co-sponsorship with groups like that. Kyle: Both my program in higher education and the School of Education have social groups that will organize very similar events or football game tailgates in the fall, but also professional development opportunities. Speakers will come in that they'll host. We can also have a chili cook-off. It's a variety of programming that those two organizations will put together. Miguel: It's the same in public policy. I could not name how many organizations are there organizing things, because you can find an event, even twice per week, or something like that, when you can do...As you said, there are tailgates or a conference or a lunch with a speaker, or an afternoon meeting with a professor of faculty. It's amazing. You can really find a lot of things to do. Supraja: You have cultural nights as well. If you want to experience different cultures, like you have the Malaysian night, and then you have Indian festivals that are being organized. Like I said, those emails mention them in their weekly updates. I learned a lot of stuff going to these cultural nights. You have these assumptions about certain people, and it really does break...These events help you forget about those clichés. Katy: I just want to plug the University Musical Society. UMS is a huge organization on campus. They bring in truly an astounding caliber of musicians. Students have access twice a year -- once in September and once in December -- to the half-price ticket sales. You can get tickets to literally anything they put on for half price. That could be balcony seats where you can pay...I have seen world class musicians. The prices are cheap enough that you can say, "Sure, I will go see an ancient Chinese violin symphony." Kyle: Or the San Francisco orchestra. Katy: Philip Glass premiered the working rehearsal of "Einstein on the Beach." I've seen Yo-Yo Ma. I've seen bluegrass. I've seen amazing things. It's so accessible, and they're always walkable to campus, which is really nice. You don't have to go into a city to see them. Paula: Kyle, you did a riff on what Ann Arbor's like. Do you care to do that again? Kyle: I just said that for the size Ann Arbor tends to punch above its weight. We have those great cultural aspects here that are a great benefit of being a part of the place like the University of Michigan, which attracts that kind of talent on a regular basis. We also have the longest running independent film series in the United States. That happens in March. Just next week Ann Arbor Art Fair will bring something like half a million of people through town over the course of a four or five day period. That brings artists from across the country and around the world to send on our streets. You can walk around and see that and appreciate those kind of expressions. In a few weeks I'll be at the Michigan Stadium for the Real Madrid/Manchester United soccer game. They're playing games in places like New York, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, and Ann Arbor. It's like, which one of these is not like the others? It's a really interesting part about being here in that you have access to these world-class events in what is a relatively small but really vibrant college community. Paula: You guys actually had a couple of things that I want to talk about a little more, or have you talk about. UMS Art Fair, those are unique Ann Arbor things. Let's think about it, some of the things that we think about as common language here but people may need to know ahead of time, or even come in habits. One is 10 after the hour. Classes always start at 10 after the hour. If it's 2:00, it starts at 2:10. Katy: That is called... Group: Michigan Time. Paula: But don't be late for a faculty meeting. If they say 2:00, then it's 2:00. Supraja: Only classes start at Michigan time. The rest are one time. Paula: What other things, if you can think about, were surprising to you or new? Katy: As not a football or sports person, I'm always amazed at the degree to which the city shuts down on Saturdays during the fall. It's almost impossible to drive anywhere near that area, which is a problem because there's a really good Meijer, which is a cheaper grocery store. There's major highway access that way. It's almost un-walkable. Paula: Yeah, they literally shut down. Katy: They literally will shut down streets. It's something to be aware of, especially if you live near the stadium, that Saturdays there will be people all over your lawn. They will be... The population of the city doubles on football Saturdays, and it's concentrated in a very small part of campus. Kyle: You can also see businesses around town, their operating hours will say, "Except Saturday December 6th." It goes through the home game schedule. It really does overwhelm the place. Natalie: I'm sorry to interrupt you. Have you any of you seen a Michigan football game? Kyle: Yeah, I've been to all of them. Natalie: Anything you'd like to say to students who haven't experienced that? Miguel: In my experience, I was amazed by the size of the stadium. In Mexico there's a stadium where it's very famous all over the world because it's very big. When I arrived someone said, "Oh, yeah, the stadium is very big." I said, "Oh, yeah, of course." Then I search on Wikipedia, and it's bigger. It was awesome, and it was most incredible to see how the town changes in one day. There are many people in the streets, and it's not only drunk guys. There are many kinds of people. They are all enjoying the game. Even many people in the stadium seem that they not are understanding very well, but they are having fun, and they are having a great time just sharing the time with the community. It's an amazing experience. Kyle: Yeah, I would say even if you don't have any interest in football, just as a sociological experience. Going to a cultural athletic event with 112,000 other people, and knowing that you are part of the largest group of people doing that one particular thing on a given day in the world, it's a special thing here. I would say to give it a try at least, one time, at least for nothing else just for the spectacle of all of it. Supraja: You see a lot of interesting things happening on football nights. I once saw this... Kyle: Careful. [laughter] Supraja: Undergrad kids wearing just shorts, late, fall, super cold night, running around shouting slogans like...It's fun. It's very interesting. Chukwuka: I would absolutely piggyback off that and just say if you are remotely interested in football, definitely get season tickets. You've gotten the email by now I'm sure. Make sure you get that. It will save you money in the end. Even if not, not a huge football fan just like Kyle said, make sure you got to at least one. People will let you know what are the biggest games of the season. Try and get tickets to those. To piggyback off of what you said as well, it's the largest stadium in all of the US for football. I would say for the homecoming game that was my biggest experience when I came to Ann Arbor, coming from a school that didn't have as large of a sports culture. It's definitely something to check out, if once. Miguel: When I finish the game, people told me in 20 years you won't remember a single lecture of all the program, but you will remember this game. I think he was right. [laughter] Miguel: It's an amazing experience. Paula: That's interesting. Things are defining. It sounds like Musical Society is certainly defining, the sports program, the football program, it sounds like. What other things do you think of as defining when you think about Ann Arbor or the University of Michigan? Things that you think, well this makes us a really cool place. Supraja: The restaurants out here are so diverse. A lot of choices. I think that would be a big part of Ann Arbor. Kyle: In case folks who are coming here have not heard, winter here can be a bit challenging. Literally defining elements. But for the struggles of winter, through a good deal of snow and a good deal of cold wind that you need to buy a big jacket for, this time of year, in the fall, really define Ann Arbor for me because it is an impossibly beautiful place to spend these months. To run around time or to go to the arboretum or to just be on the center of campus, which you should know is called the Diag, and see the changing colors of fall. That's a really special time. That also adds to, I think, the culture around football, is that it happens at this time of the year where you just feel a special energy about the place, where people have come back from the summer and everyone's excited to be here. In the wintertime we hibernate a little bit, but once the spring starts and through the fall, it's really a great place to be. Kristye: I want to say that winter gets a bad rep, and I'm from the South, so I don't like the cold. But I can appreciate the winter here because just as much as the spring and summer is beautiful, the winter, although at the end you might not feel this way, is beautiful as well. There's still a lot of things going on at that time. People like to ski. I've been to outdoor festivals, like in Frankenmuth, where they have this ice thing going on. There are things that are still going on. It doesn't just stop. There's still lots of things, and you can appreciate the beauty of the wintertime as well. Kyle: It's also important to note that I, also as a Southerner, if we get two inches of snow, everything is closed. But everything goes on here. I promise you the bus will be on time and school will be open and life goes on. Katy: People just dress for it. Kyle: Get some big boots, get a good jacket, get a scarf, get a hat, you'll be fine. Kristye: We had a snow day this year, but it wasn't a snow day. It was a cold day, because it was severely cold, too cold to have students on campus. I think that was the first... Katy: In like 50 years or something. Kristye: Yeah. Kyle: 1978 was the last time. Supraja: It was really cold. Kyle: It was. Katy: I will say that one of the things that always surprised me after I had been to other universities is how short the break is between fall and winter semesters. The fall semester will run until...sometimes I've had exams on like December 23rd. Often times, there's work over the break, and it starts right back up again on January 3rd sometimes. But there's four months of summer. There's a full four months, which is different, if you're used to the quarter system or even a sort of delayed semester. I find that the beginning of the winter term, it's cold, it's dark, you haven't had much of a rest, so it's more important than it could be at other places where you might get the chance to go home. I know a lot of, I have friends that are international students that just don't go home over the break, because it is so short. It's an important thing to check when you get here, to sort of plan, because I know, I've had friends that have booked flight tickets home, and then had an exam four days later and couldn't make it. It's an uncommonly short break in between. Kyle: Yeah, truth in advertising, we have fall semester and winter semester. Which some people might know as spring semester, but. We have winter term and we push spring-summer together in that moment. Supraja: She mentioned about, booking flights in advance. A lot of professors are ready to change their schedules to suit you. They're not going to do it all the time. But they are willing to accommodate. A lot of professors, like, my class is 90 percent international students. A lot of them wanted to go home. When the professors give the exams daily, it's in the month of December. When, like a bunch of people went in to talk to them. They were willing to reschedule the exams, so that happens. It's something. Katy: It's worth an ask. Paula: It's worth it asking, [inaudible 53:50] your faculty. Are there other academic norms that you were surprised by that when you got here? Again, it's hard to think back sometimes. Supraja: You have to register for classes. That kind of can be a bit challenging, when you don't understand in the beginning, but then you get the hang of it. Like Chukwuka said, you always have to be in touch with your coordinators, because they know the best and they know which the same class will be offered three times a week, so which would suit your schedule best? There's no time between the rest of your courses. If you have any doubts, if you have an established relationship with your coordinator, all this becomes nothing. It's super easy. Kyle: I was very confused and remain confused by the online platform that one uses to register for classes, Wolverine Access, which, frankly, I find to be rather outdated and rather unintuitive, difficult to navigate. I would say to a new student, if you feel that way when you come in to register for classes, you are not alone. That graduate coordinator in your department could be a good resource. I know trying to navigate and figure out, "Have I actually registered?" [crosstalk] Kyle: It's an outdated system that I think we should improve. But in the meantime, there are plenty of people who have found a way to actually go to class and sign up for them. Don't be afraid to ask people. Or don't feel like you are really missing something just because the system seems odd. Supraja: You have the course drop deadline thing. I don't know the exact timeline... Kyle: Three weeks. Supraja: Yeah, after classes start. Even if you haven't registered for a really important course, personally go talk to the professor and he will try his best to accommodate you in his class, unless his class is filled the capacity and there are no seats. I know classes, super popular courses, where professors have allowed you to sit in classes, and not exactly sit, even stand in classes sometimes so that they can accommodate you. Katy: I will say that registration is really important because of a lot of student benefits that are tied to your registration. It's a really important thing in terms of your health insurance sometimes, the distinction between are you a part time student or a fulltime student? It's a really good question for your department what constitutes as fulltime in our department, because there are differences even between programs or between years in my department's case. As much as your fellow students can often be a resource, the requirements change. The health insurance can change. It's always best with something as important as registration to double check it. Paula: Talk about the grant coordinators or the [inaudible 56:55] coordinators people call them too, important people. We haven't talked about faculty mentors and advisors. I don't know if anyone wants to talk about advice or suggestions they would give to maximize that relationship. Chukwuka: To start, I think one of the main mindsets you have to come into graduate school kind of being aware of is that not only are you going to be a student of the faculty and of the different instructors and professors, but you're also going to be, in many cases, during a research component, collaborators and colleagues with them. In my opinion that's a huge mental stepping stone to really get that. Having that relationship be collaborative and back and forth will really improve the dynamic, whereas you don't really want it to be a dominant/subservient kind of relationship. You're obviously going to be learning from them, but they can also learn from you. You have to be able to understand that you are coming here to make a contribution, and they're also working with you to do that. I think that's really important, to put yourself into the right state when pursuing your graduate degree and also making sure you meet with them weekly, establishing the relationship. Have it not only based on academics, but be able to talk to them about social things, sports activities, what they're interested in, how their family is doing. Really forming a relationship with your advisor or your faculty that you'll be in contact with is very important. Katy: Actually, to piggyback off of that, I think it's important to realize that not everybody's advisor/advisee relationship looks the same. I actually don't discuss much of my personal life with my advisor. I got married on the fly. [laughter] Katy: It just wasn't part of our relationship. I know sometimes it would feel overwhelming, because you would hear somebody talk about, "I went to drinks with my professor, and we were talking about our kids," and how amazing that was. I'm sitting there thinking, "My advisor doesn't even know where I'm from. Am I doing it wrong?" To realize that different relationships look different and it's up to you. For me it was a really big step to realize that I could have many mentors. I have one official advisor in terms of my dissertation, but I have many mentors. Some of my mentors are better at other skills, so I do have somebody that I can go to if I have a personal problem. I have career advisors. Having "Team Katy" is more effective for me. There's so many... Chukwuka: It takes a village. Katy: It does take a village. There are many ways to get through a PhD. I know it was one of the big shifts for me, realizing that, in my times I still feel like everybody but me wants to be a professor. I'm open to that, but I'm not sure that it's exactly what I want. It was important for me to start reaching out for people that could mentor me in a different career path if that's what I wanted. Kristye: I want to piggyback off of what she... [laughter] Kristye: I find that it's very easy to established mentorship here. I actually am not sure if the actual clinical practice of pharmacy is something that I wanted to do, but I knew that I wanted to do research maybe a more public type of area. I have been able to go into the School of Public Health and find mentors there. One of my greatest mentors is a physician here. One of my other mentors is in dietary sciences. You are able to get the people that you need. You just have to be a go getter. You have to be active in trying to establish those relationships with people. A lot of people are open to that. Natalie: Can I ask you, how does one establish a mentoring relationship? How do you find these magical people? What do you do? Kristye: I use people find other people. I might find one person, and I start talking to them about what I'm interested in. That person is like, "Oh, I know somebody who may be able to help you." Then they introduce me to somebody else. That's kind of how I made my way around campus. Supraja: I'd like to add a different perspective to this, because it's a lot of research oriented stuff, advisors. I'm from a professional program, as such, so we don't have advisors assigned to us. I'm not even sure if we have like assigned mentors as such. But we have the set of professors who take classes regularly for us. Each semester, they take at least one course for us. It's important to establish relationships with those professors, because they have professional friends outside as well who can...They can direct you to them or they can give you profession advice as well. Because they have experience outside academics. Then, another big part of your relationship with faculty is faculty have office hours assigned for each course. You should make sure you go to those office hours. It may not be about the subject, you can ask about the general area that you're interested in. Or maybe you can approach them about a certain idea you have and you want to research more on. You can ask if he can help you give more directions to us. That's very important. Officers are very important. A lot of people religiously write down those office hours, but they never go. I used to do that as well. But then I realized the importance of office hours. Paula: Taking action and going to office hours when they're not necessarily a need of a particular question, but to establish relationships. Other sorts of things that you can think of creating those relationships. Katy: I find, in general, that if you go before whenever your concern is a crisis is the best way. That it's very hard to establish long-term relationships with people if the only time you see them is when you're in crisis. Not that your mentor won't be very important to you when you are in a crisis. Kyle: Not that crises are all that common. Katy: Not that everybody has multiple crises. It's important to reframe smaller problems away from crisis, because the language of crisis is pretty [inaudible 01:03:37] , but I found that I am really nervous when I feel like things aren't going well, so I'm not best self. That's not great conditions for me to meet people out there. The speaker series has been important for me. I go to different Rackham events and connect with students first and then use that if the faculty seems intimidating. It's sometimes easier to go through the graduate student that you know already works with that faculty and ask, could you drop my name, and that sort of softens the beach, so to speak, to making those connections. Even if you aren't comfortable sort of cold going to office hours...There are a lot of people who are willing to give advice about how to navigate those relationships, you just have to be brave enough to ask. Supraja: I have a point to add onto that. When we were talking about graduates to her coordinators and how it is important to establish a personal relationship with your coordinator, I know a lot of the students who, the graduate students who are having the coordinators that are after them about filling a survey or submitting your resumes on there. But a lot of them do it in the last minute. They have to be behind those people. But when they have something that they need, like this letter that needs to be posted to some company or reference or something, they go and go talk to the coordinator and think that the coordinator's going to be like that, they're going to get the stuff done. But when you have this personal relationship, when you're prompt in replying to their emails, it's human nature, they're more willing to help you. It's always important that you don't go only when you have a crisis. You should always have this smooth, regular interaction with your faculty and coordinators. Chukwuka: I think it's just a point to note as well, that a lot of the methods that we're talking about in terms of forming these relationships are on ground, you would have to be here. But I think you can even try and start forming those by sending an email right now to a professor or faculty that you're interested in working with. My experience is that they've been very receptive to that, responsive as well. Even if that is not particularly the case, because all faculty and all students and everyone here in the university is busy, because everyone's got a lot of things to do. I would just say don't let that be a discouraging factor, obviously, you just keep going and keep trying. Kristye: Sometimes I found that you may have to send a few emails. Not to the point where you become annoying, but just so that you can keep a presence. Because some people -- we all get an overwhelming amount of emails. If you can just drop a follow up email, a lot of times that does work, because people check their emails and then they forget. But then, if you follow up with them, they remember, "You know what, I need to respond to this student." Katy: That's important. [crosstalk] Paula: I want to just jump in for a second. You had mentioned, Chuky, about doing some, "Before you get here" sort of behavior. Are there other things that you guys did before you entered, before you were on ground, as you put, before you got here? Kyle: I took a vacation. [laughter] Kyle: I came, most recently, from Nashville and drove up with all my things, just threw everything into my apartment and, I think, a day later, just went on a 10-day vacation. I went to the beach in South Carolina, and saw some of my family and saw some of my friends. Not as a farewell tour, but more as a way to just reboot. I had just finished about three years of working, I just really wanted that time to step away and reflect a bit, and also relax and recharge my batteries, knowing that I was going to be going into a pretty intensive transition period and a rigorous program here. I also wanted to be really hot, when the cold came, I would appreciate that as well. I wanted to be just as hot and humid as I could get, so I found it in South Carolina. But I thought that was really great, just to have a little bit of time. Not everyone's going to have that luxury, but if you can carve out a little bit of time, I think, in August, before things really get going around Labor Day, I would really recommend doing that. Supraja: Yeah, that's important as well. Do you want to go first? [crosstalk] Supraja: Yeah, that's important. Then checking into minor details like housing, which I never did. I came here and I had to search for housing, that's important. Then, looking up into your insurance, especially for international students. In some countries, there's no concept of insurance, unless you really want to, you will take insurance. Otherwise, you don't need insurance. That's a surprising detail that a lot of them don't -- just flies off their head. You should check into that. Then international students, again...I'm kind of talking on the perspective of an international student, make sure you have all the stuff you need, like clothes. If you need some medical supplies, like medicines, prescriptions, that need to be filled, make sure you have that, so that when you come here, you're not in a situation where it's kind of difficult. Paula: Those are great suggestions. In fact, I think you're backing up some of the things that were said in the international panel, so we'll make sure we link to that so that we get that out. I think they're particular things for international students, too. You were going to say something? Miguel: Yeah. [inaudible 01:09:34] was very helpful to contact that person that was studying the same that I did. I just asked him a lot of questions. First, I felt like, I don't know, like so excited. I said, "Oh, I'm just asking stupid questions, basic questions," but they are the types of things that everybody are asking themselves. He was very helpful for me. He helped me just saying things like, "If you take this class and this class and this class, you will make it. You should take another one, because it's work." That was a very good insight and I think if you have another question, you could ask another student that he will give you a lot of advice. Kristye: I came up here a month before school started, so I was here July, well, almost two months before school started. It's not only important to contact people about logistical things like where you're going to live and things like that. But it's also important, I'm sure many of you moved here without family. It's also important to make those social connections. Before I came here, I emailed other minority students in my program, so that we could meet and greet before we got here. Because I didn't have anybody else here. I think that that's important as well. Katy: I think that it's really easy when the school year gets started, especially the people that you see all the time, your fellow graduate students...My program's really small, there's only 10 of us, total. It was very easy to slip into all school talk, all the time. It was important, and we try and do it every year, to have a day where we talk, as humans. Where we go to the beach or we go to the park and school talk is sort of off limits, so that you know who these people are as people. Because it's really easy to lose sight of that, especially when there are things that are really important, like about this class, to recognize that these are people that they have families, they have lives, they like certain music. To be able to connect on things that are other than your immediate discipline can be really enriching later on. [crosstalk] Kyle: Off the topic of things to do in advance, but it's important. I have a cohort of nine people, you do spend almost all of your waking hours around some people from that cohort. But we [inaudible 01:11:43] things as well, so we also make a point of once a month doing a potluck dinner or something. We appoint a referee, because, inevitably, we get into talking shop about different professors in the class that semester say, "We're not talking about that. What's the last movie that you saw? Please, talk about anything that's not..." [crosstalk] Kyle: Those are really good community building times, too. Supraja: Yeah, those are really the important ones, I think. Because, to be surrounded by your own classmates, you don't get a new perspective. When you meet new people, you get, "Oh, this is happening," kind of feeling. One more thing about socializing is that a lot of students tend to stick...For example, I'm an international student from India and I tend to stick to...I've never done that personally, but I know a lot of people who tend to stick to people from their own country, and don't mingle with... That kind of limits the experience that Ann Arbor has to offer. We can experience so much diversity, so much new experiences. I think when we do that, we miss out on a lot of things that we will remember way later in life. It's important to mingle, is what I had said. Paula: You mentioned some things you do for fun, sports, we know that's [inaudible 01:13:08] . Are there other things you'd say that you really look forward to or great ways that you find are ways to have fun here in Ann Arbor that we haven't talked about? Supraja: I am a part of the Ann Arbor Rowing Club, which is not part of the University of Michigan. University of Michigan has a rowing team as well, but I've never been a part of it. I joined this summer, learned to row, and I'm a part of the novice team right now. I'm actually going to race next weekend. That's kind of exciting. I'm no pro, but it's tough to do, nice tough to do. I'm interning and then a good break would be to go for a rowing class in the evenings. I get to meet a lot of different people. Now I get, not only to meet students, but people who live lives, which are apart from University of Michigan, who teach at Ann Arbor schools and work at... [crosstalk] Kristye: I signed up for MeetUp. It's a website. I get an email every week, just telling me what MeetUp groups are going on. It's different areas, so food and drink or club or religious affiliations. I peruse that every week to see what's going on, and then make my decisions from there. Paula: That's cool. Katy: I actually have a writing group that I meet with that meets off campus. I'm the only one doing academic writing. Actually, everybody else is writing science fiction and fantasy novels. But it's sort of nice to have a place where I still feel like I'm working, but it's in a coffee shop and I'm not in the library. I'm going to also give a plug for the Ann Arbor Libraries. They have a really great library system with great talks and authors. I find it really helpful to read things that aren't for school, that I am... Paula: That's crazy. Katy: Crazy time. But I had a pretty difficult first year. When I got here I sort of felt like everybody else was working all of the time, so I needed to work all the time. I used to keep this notebook full of books that other people referenced, which in the Humanities is a pretty big deal. Then, if I had any spare time, I would start reading things on that list and it got to the point where I wasn't doing anything else. I really had to stop this summer afterwards and take stock of what I was doing. I actually have a firm cutoff time that I don't do work after a certain point, around certain days, or for certain weeks. It makes me more productive, because I'm excited about that vacation, I want to be able to stop. But it helps me feel like I am a real person, because you can, very much, let your identity be some sort of subsumed under your... It can lead to really great work, but sometimes at pretty great cost. Finding whatever structures you need to feel a little bit of balance... Supraja: I think that's a very important point. [crosstalk] Natalie: I just wanted to mention that you're talking about this -- we'll definitely get to your point. Everyone around you is working very hard, you're at Michigan, the best and the brightest. Kyle: Leaders and best. Natalie: Leaders and best, sorry. I wanted to hear from other people about how that realization came about for you and how did you manage that, because I think it can be a difficult thing. Supraja: That is exactly what I was going to add on, too. Natalie: Perfect. Supraja: It's a kind of glow on your self-confidence, in the sense...You constantly think that people are better than you, you're not doing your best, you're not putting your best foot forward. It goes to a point that instead of focusing on what's important, it's the fears that you focus on, "Oh, my God. I'm not doing this, I'm not doing this." You should think that 4.0 GPA is not the only thing you are here for. You are here for a lot of things. You should focus on all. You should have this right balance. You should always be confident about your abilities. You might not get the best grade in your class, but it does not mean that you have no skills at all. You have some of the skills, which are way better than the others in your class. You should capitalize on your skills, on your plus points. When you do that, you enjoy your entire experience, it's not like this whole, depressing stretch. Like she said, my first year was very difficult in the sense that I was thinking, "Oh, my God. I'm such a loser. I don't know anything about the subject." Math was really difficult for me, though I did an undergrad degree in math. Math was really difficult. But now I understand that I might not be good at math, but I'm really good at business courses and my communication skills are good, so I should concentrate on those so that I going forward I do better. Kyle: That's what I did. Oh, go ahead. Chukwuka: It's kind of reiterating some of the points, but there's a term for this, it's called imposter syndrome. I think it's prevalent at any higher education institution. It's just something that you really need to kind of step back, breathe, and say, "Everyone has some type of struggle at some point." Graduate school is a sign way that goes up and down, there are high points, there are difficult points. But at the end of it, it's always... Kyle: You're still here. Chukwuka: You're still here and you're working towards a degree, just like everyone else. It's just important to keep that perspective. Any time you start to feel overwhelmed, which you will at some point in your graduate career. But it is not the end of the world, you should have a support group that you can go to to discuss these things, get yourself out of a funk, and keep going. If you have that there, it's only temporary. Kyle: What I've told new students coming in is that you know that our faculty people here are very smart and insightful. I said if you're on an admissions committee, they don't make mistakes. Everyone who's here belongs here, deserves to be here, and has something to offer. I also advise them to...One thing that I've found out was when I have those [inaudible 01:19:36] moments, I go back and look at my application to come here. [crosstalk] Kyle: Statement of Purpose and then my personal statement and I remind myself of why did I get into this? [crosstalk] Kyle: Every time I read it, I just sort of, "Oh, right, I came for those three things and I'm doing that. I'm doing a pretty good job and I'm still here. Let me just take hope from some of my original motivation." You can kind of lose sight of that in the mix of things that you're being asked to do. But to go back, your foundational principles for this whole enterprise is really important, too. Miguel: I think you can get from graduate school what you want. You have to work hard and you have to work with your colleagues. You have to do your best, and then feel at the end of the class [inaudible 01:20:30] with their grade. That's fine. If you get what you want, and if you get the skills that you are needed to nurture for your life, in order to prove your ability for the future, it's fine. It depends up to you what kind of resource or what kind of objective you want to get from here. Yeah, getting an A plus is not always important. It's more important to really learn what's... [crosstalk] Paula: Go ahead, Kristye, because you had something you had suggested last time that was real helpful. Kristye: I was going to say that it's hard sometimes when you find yourself studying and not getting the returns back on your studying. You may invest several hours into studying for an exam or writing a paper, something of that nature, and then you don't get the grade that you anticipate getting. I know my program is very competitive. It sometimes can be competitive amongst each other. I always have to remind myself, and you all may have read this before in a book called The Four Agreements. One of the things is to always do your best. I always have to remind myself to just do my best and my best does not look like everybody else's best, but I know that I did what I could. It kind of released the stress of feeling like I'm not doing as good as everybody else, because I'm doing what I can do. I know that my, as somebody already said, what I do may be better than what somebody else can do for their skill set, but then they have something that's better for them, that they can do. Paula: You had talked about the reading load. One time you had shared that. I don't know if you're willing to share that approach you take, because I think it helps people understand the realities. Kyle: I can only speak for my own program, but imagine the people in the social science that many are like it in that we have a statistics sequence that we go through, but there are also courses that are much more content-based, in my case higher education. We can look at a syllabus, and there are far more pages for a week of reading than you think are feasible to get through, and you're right. I think over the first year you need to figure out the best way for you to read, and the best way for you to contribute to your colleagues. I think the way that we broke it down when we last spoke was there are six pretty dense articles that I'm expected to read for a course. I'm probably going to really focus on three of them, and take a lot of notes and think them through and think about connections across them. Then on two of them I'll read through them. I probably won't go as in depth and spend as much time with them. One, I'll know what it's about and have a few marginal notes. As you get a sense of what's in front of you, you can say these are the things that I'm really most passionate about, and then these couple of things seem relevant, and this I'm not sure is going to be that helpful in getting me to what I want to know, but I know that someone will care a lot about this and help me understand it better. If you really invest yourself in those three, and then you have a good working knowledge of two, and then you have one where you just take the hit, that really helps you move through. I don't think that you need to go through all 500 pages of whatever that is and fill them with red ink, with all your notes, everything you ever learned, and things you're never going to have time, even in a three hour class session, to get through. Not that it's all about performing in class. It's about identifying what are the most important parts of this week for you to help meet your own learning objectives, and to where you can also contribute to the educational environment, and to not ruin yourself trying to be all things every day, because that will burn you out real quick. Katy: I do just want to point out that there's the imposter syndrome that I think almost everybody feels at certain points, and then there's also legitimate mental health concerns. One of the great things about this campus is that there's an amazing mental health network through various services. There's one called CAPS that's in the union... Kyle: What does that stand for? Katy: The Counseling and Psychological Services, where you can walk in at any time and speak to someone on a right now basis, or on a maybe I can reach them next week basis. There's also a psych clinic closer to this end of campus that you can see. I actually was in a dissertation support group that was less like therapy and more like, here are some of the problems that people have focusing. It was an eight week how do I get through this massive beast of a thing called dissertation, from a mental health perspective. It was really freeing for me to realize that everybody felt what I was feeling to some degree, but there were people who were feeling what I was feeling to the degree I was, and there was help for me and people who understood that. Most everybody in graduate school at Michigan understands that this is a high pressure, high stress situation that not everybody's ready to jump into that right away and that there's going to be points where you might need more help than other times and that there's a network already in place for you here. You are not the first one to sit at home and need help. Paula: Thanks for bringing that up, Katy. There are a number of things...You mentioned Sweetland right at the beginning, of writing support. Mental health support, statistical support actually right here at Rackham. There are a lot of things that you will be made aware of when you get here. We'll also have links to that, and at fall welcome there will be a lot of representatives form those organizations here too so you can get an overview. Natalie: For sure. I think that's one of the things that a lot of students mention about U of M proper. It's that there are so many resources here. There seems to be almost something to support your every need. It's a little bit of an exaggeration. I think it's good to know that they're there, but it's also good to know that it's OK to take advantages of resources. You would agree with that. Because that's what they're there for. Yeah, we'll definitely have some links in this transcript. Paula: We're getting to the end of our time. Am I accurate? Natalie: Yes. Paula: My clock matches your clock. A couple things that had come up when we were talking about doing this call, to shake it out and talk about it. Some of the things that you'll hear when you get here, like the Diag, the Big House is our football stadium. Is anyone willing to share what this means? Does anyone know? [crosstalk] Katy: If you're from Michigan, people will use this to orient you within the state. We'll use a double because they don't want to forget the Upper Peninsula. But for instance, if I were to tell people where I'm from, I say I'm from here, just outside of Detroit, I go to school here, my family is from up here... Paula: Because the state of Michigan looks like... Katy: Because the state of Michigan is a hand. Kyle: It's a mitten. Katy: When people will say, "Oh yeah, it's in Kalamazoo," they'll gesture to their hand without thinking about it. That's sort of a thing. Supraja: I just found out yesterday. [laughter] [crosstalk] Paula: Any other sorts of things that you think they'll be fresh off the train, bus, flight and it might be helpful to know? Chukwuka: One of the first things that someone told me when I came to campus was a lot of M, the Michigan M, plastered around campus. On the ground, little plaques and everything. Apparently, you're not supposed to step on them before your first exam. [laughter] Katy: But there is a way to break that curse if you accidentally do it. It involves running between Rackham and the undergraduate library before the clock strikes 12, which means you have to do it at noon. I'm sorry. I guess just avoid it unless you're a really fast sprinter. Kyle: Fresh off the plane you also might hear about Ypsi and wonder if that's a real word. It's not, but it is shorthand for the town next door to us, Ypsilanti, which is home to Eastern Michigan University. It's a little odd that we're the University of Michigan and just 10 miles down the road is Eastern Michigan University. I would also say that downtown Ypsi is also a good place to get out of Ann Arbor and try some different things. It's a different vibe there, but it's a good place as well. Supraja: We have a lot of colleges that are in Ann Arbor. University of Michigan is not the only university in town. We have community colleges and small law colleges around. There's this Washtenaw Community College which offers a lot of courses about practical skills like... I know this friend of mine who took motor biking classes. He took classes for two days and then he got the license for motor biking. You can find things like that. Paula: Washtenaw is right between Eastern and Michigan, so it's right in between. Kyle: We are Washtenaw County. It's a mouthful. Paula: We're in the Eastern time zone. I'm just going to say that. People always question it. Depending where you're coming from. Supraja: The mall is beyond the South University. It is the Briarwood Mall. It's the biggest mall around Ann Arbor. It has most stuff you need. Chukwuka: I'd also like to add the league and the union refer to the Michigan League and the Michigan Union. They're two different buildings. You can probably explain it a little bit better, because I've only been to them two or three times. Katy: The Michigan Union has...Both of them are big buildings with gathering spaces, with meeting spaces, with ballroom. They also always have fast foot in the basement, if you're hungry. The League is the one that was only open for women. Originally the Union was for men only, so they built the League so ladies could congregate. I feel a specially affinity to the League. The speech that founded the Peace Corps was given on the steps of the Michigan Union by John F. Kennedy. There's a lot of cool history around the buildings. I would recommend that actually...They don't do an orientation tour for grad students, but there are tours available through the admissions office. I've seen people tag onto campus day tours just to get a sense, because there's a lot of history of the campus that you don't get any other way. If there's a chance to take a campus tour, I would say do it so you can learn about the... Kyle: I'll quickly toss in on that. We have a new president who's coming in. President Coleman just retired from that position, and a new President Schlissel is arriving. We'll have a big event here on September 5th, which is inauguration. There will be hundreds of academic officials from across the country and around the world who will come here for that event. That will be a ticketed event, but I think that will be also open for students, everyone else, in the main auditorium on Campus Hill. There will be a big celebration for that. That will be a historic moment for the university, just our first week of class back. Paula: That's a beautiful way to end this. Natalie: It is. That's very nice. We are at our time. Maybe we could end with something that you'll probably hear a little bit, especially if you go to a football game, is "Go Blue." If we could say goodbye to everyone by saying "Go Blue" I would appreciate it. On the count of three. One, two, three... Group: Go Blue! Paula: We'll see you soon.



The following abbreviations and notes are used to represent NYU schools and colleges:

Abbr. Meaning
* 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,[8][9][10][11][12] 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 andRanjan Tandon for engineering at NYU resulted in the school changing its name to NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Academia and research


Name Year School Degree Notability Reference
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 [13][14]
Samuel Baskin 1974 GSAS Ph.D. First president of the Union Institute & University in Cincinnati [15][16]
Edward J. Bloustein 1948 WSC B.A. Seventeenth president of Rutgers University; professor at NYU Law [17]
Truesdel Peck Calkins Founder and first president of Hofstra University [18][19]
Frank A. Cipriani GSAS M.A., Ph.D. Fifth President of SUNY Farmingdale [20][21]
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, Loyola University Chicago [22]
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 [23]
Gabriel Hawawini 1977 GSAS Ph.D. Dean, INSEAD [24]
Richard Joel 1972, 1975 Law B.A., J.D. Fourth and current president of Yeshiva University [25]
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 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 [26]
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 [27]
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 [28]
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 [29]
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. [30]
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; former associate director of MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center [31]
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 [32][33]
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 [34][35]
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 [36]
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 [37]
Martin H. Graham POLY 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 [38]
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 [39]
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 [40]
William B. Kouwenhoven POLY Dean of Johns Hopkins School of Engineering
Eugene M. Lang POLY Chair emeritus of the Board of Swarthmore College [41]
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 [42]
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 [43]
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 [44]
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 [45]
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 [46]
Marcella Runell Hall STEINHARDT M.A. Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Life at Mount Holyoke College.

Professors, researchers and scientists

Name Year School Degree Notability Reference
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 [47]
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 [48][49]
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[50] 1950 GSAS Ph.D. OSA Fellow, IEEE Fellow and Professor (1966-1990) of Applied Mathematics, University of Illinois at Chicago
Alfred Vail 1836 B.A. Inventor
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 Electronic 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 [51]
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. [52]
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 [53]
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 MIT professor and research scientist [54]
Michael Strano POLY Carbon P. Dubbs Professor of Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology [55][56]
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. [57]
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 [58]
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 [59]
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 [60]
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. [61]
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 [33][62]
Morris Janowitz WSC Made major contributions to sociological theory
Michael A. Kelly POLY Chief Research Scientist, Research and Development Manager at Hewlett-Packard; professor at Stanford University [63]
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 POLY IEEE president in 1987; served as Vice President of BAE Systems; Fellow of the IEEE [64]
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 [33][65][66]
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 [67]
Jacob Bekenstein POLY Wolf Prize in Physics winner; best known for his part in the discovery of what is now called Bekenstein-Hawking radiation [68]
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 [10]
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 [69]
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 [70]
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 [71]
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 [72]
Subrata K. Sen POLY Joseph F. Cullman III professor and researcher at Yale University [73]
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 ENG 2006 President of IEEE; Vice President of Technology at AT&T; Director for Bell Labs; professor at Rutgers University [74][75]
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. [76]

Abel Prize recipients

Name Year School Degree Notability Reference
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)

MacArthur Fellows

Name Year School Degree Notability Reference
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 [77]
Mimi Lien 2003 TSOA M.F.A. 2015 MacArthur Fellow [77]
Basil Twist 2015 TSOA 2015 MacArthur Fellow [77]
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 [78]
Gabriel Victora 2011 GSAS Ph.D. 2017 MacArthur Fellow [79]

National Medals for Science, Technology and Innovation, Arts and Humanities recipients

Name Year School Degree Notability Reference
Joseph B. Keller 1943–1948 GSAS B.A., M.A., Ph.D. 1988 National Medal of Science recipient
Peter Lax 1947, 1949 Courant B.A., Ph.D. 1986 National Medal of Science recipient
Alexandre Chorin Courant 2014 National Medal of Science recipient
Martin David Kruskal Courant 1993 National Medal of Science recipient
Cathleen Synge Morawetz 1951 GSAS Ph.D. 1998 National Medal of Science recipient (first woman recipient)
Frederick Reines 1944 GSAS Ph.D. 1985 National Medal of Science recipient
Albert Sabin 1931 Med M.D. 1988 National Medal of Science recipient
John Archibald Wheeler 1934 GSAS postdoc 1970 National Medal of Science recipient
John G. Trump 1929 POLY B.S. 1983 National Medal of Science recipient
Joel S. Engel 1964 POLY Ph.D. 1994 National Medal of Technology recipient
Richard J. Gambino 1976 POLY M.S. 1995 National Medal of Technology recipient
Jerome Swartz POLY Ph.D. 1999 National Medal of Technology recipient
Tony Kushner 1984 TSOA MFA 2012 National Medal of Arts recipient
Moisés Kaufman 1989 TSOA BFA 2016 National Medal of Arts recipient; Guggenheim Fellow [80]
Louis Nirenberg 1949 Courant Ph.D. 1995 National Medal of Science recipient
S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan 1966 Courant postdoc 2010 National Medal of Science recipient
B. Gerald Cantor Law 1995 National Medal of Arts recipient
Bernard  Brodie (biochemist) 1935 GSAS Ph.D. 1968 National Medal of Science recipient

Nobel laureates

Name Year School Degree Notability Reference
Julius Axelrod 1941 Med M.Sc. 1970 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine [81]
Mohamed ElBaradei 1967 Law LL.M. 2005 Nobel Peace Prize [82]
Shimon Peres Nobel Peace Prize
Gertrude B. Elion *POLY PhD 1988 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine [83]
Friedrich Hayek 1924 GSAS 1974 Bank of Sweden Prize in Economics [84]
Eric R. Kandel 1955 Med M.D. 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine; Associate Professor 1965–74 [85]
Arthur Kornberg 1947 Med 1959 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine [86]
George E. Palade Postgraduate work at biology laboratory of Robert Chambers 1974 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine [87]
Frederick Reines 1944 GSAS Ph.D. 1995 Nobel Prize in Physics [88]
Elihu Root 1867 Law LL.B. 1912 Nobel Peace Prize [89]
Irwin Rose Postgraduate work under Severo Ochoa 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry [90]
Clifford Shull 1941 GSAS Ph.D. 1994 Nobel Prize in Physics [91]
George Wald 1927 WSC B.S. 1967 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine [92]
Rosalyn Yalow coursework* 1977 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine [93]
James Heckman 2000 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
Robert Aumann 2005 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics
Baruj Benacerraf 1980 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Robert Engle 2003 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
Avram Hershko 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Tjalling Koopmans 1975 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
Rudolph Marcus POLY 1992 Nobel Prize in Chemistry; won Wolf Prize in Chemistry
Robert Mulliken 1966 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Gunnar Myrdal 1974 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
Severo Ochoa 1959 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine
Thomas Sargent 2011 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
Saul Bellow 1976 Nobel Prize in Literature
Joseph Brodsky 1987 Nobel Prize in Literature
Francis Crick 1953 POLY Postdoc 1962 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine [94]
Rudolf Eucken 1908 Nobel Prize for Literature
Wassily Leontief 1973 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
Otto Loewi 1936 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Edward Prescott 2004 Nobel Prize in Economics
Wole Soyinka 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature
Martin Perl 1948 POLY B.S. 1995 Nobel Prize in Physics


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 [95]
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 [96]
Ursula Burns POLY, B.S., 1980 Chairman and CEO of Xerox [97]
Charles Ranlett Flint POLY, B.S., 1868 Founder of IBM
Steven W. Giovinco TSOA, MA, 1987 Founder, Recover Reputation, Online reputation management and repair [98]
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 [99]
Arthur C. Martinez POLY, B.S., 1960 Former Chairman and CEO of Sears [100]
Stewart G. Nagler POLY, B.S., 1963 Vice Chairman, CFO and Director of MetLife [101]
 Robert J. Stevens POLY, M.S., 1985 Chairman, President and CEO of Lockheed Martin [102]
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 [103]
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 [104]
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
James Ferragamo Stern Businessman
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)
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 [105]
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 [106]
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 [107][108]
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, the largest online Chinese language retailer
Jack Dorsey Creator of Twitter; founder and CEO of Square, a mobile payments company [109]
George W. Melville POLY Chief of the Bureau of Steam Engineering
Dean R. O'Hare Stern Chairman, president, CFO and CEO of Chubb Limited [110]
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
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 [111][112]
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 [113]
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 [114]
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. [115][116]
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) [52]
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 [117][118]
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 [119][120]
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 [121]
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 [122]
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 [123]
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 [124]
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
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 [125]
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 [126]
Sashi Reddi Courant CEO and founder of App Labs [127]


Name Relation to NYU Notability Reference
Lucy Alibar TSOA Beasts of the Southern Wild [128]
AnnaSophia Robb GAL, current student Actress
Billie Lourd CAS 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 [129]
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
Walter Hampden POLY 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 [130]
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 [131]
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
Tony DiSanto TSOA Producer
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 [132]
Tavi Gevinson GAL* Editor, writer, actress [133][134]
Alana Zimmer GAL, current student Fashion model [133]
Mitch Fatel TSOA 1988* The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents: Mitch Fatel, Super Retardo CD [135]
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 [136]
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
Lady Gaga TSOA Singer
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
Bryan Greenberg TSOA* Prime
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 [137]
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 [138]
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 [139]
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 [140]
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 [141]
Camila Mendes TSOA 2016 Veronica Lodge on Riverdale (2017 TV series) [142]
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 [143]
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, The Avenger: Age of Ultron, Godzilla, In Secret [144]
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) [145]
Dylan Sprouse GAL 2015 The Suite Life of Zach and Cody, The Suite Life on Deck [145]
Morgan Spurlock TSOA, B.F.A. Supersize Me
Barry Sonnenfeld TSOA* Oz, Men in Black
Peter Steinfeld B.A. Drowning Mona, Be Cool, 21 [146]
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) [147]
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
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 [148]
Geoffrey Fletcher TSOA 1999, M.F.A. Academy Award 2010, Precious
Whoopi Goldberg GSAS Academy Award 1991, Ghost [149]
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
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 [150]
László Nemes TSOA Academy Award 2016, Son of Saul [150]
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

Name Relation to NYU Notability Reference
Woody Allen TSOA 1953* Emmy Award 1957
Rachel Brosnahan TSOA 2012, B.F.A. Emmy Award 2017 for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
Vinnette Justine Carroll GSAS 1946, M.A. Emmy Award 1964 for "Beyond the Blues"
Cy Coleman Steinhardt Emmy Award
Tony Kushner TSOA 1984, M.F.A. Emmy Award
Ami Miron POLY, M.S. He received two Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards
Harvey Leonard ENG, M.S. He received two New England Emmy Awards for outstanding achievement in television weathercasting
Vince Gilligan TSOA Emmy Award, a writer and producer for The X-Files
Ian Nelson CAS* Emmy Award for "WINNERS"
Jonathan Meath TSOA 1979, B.A. Emmy nominations TV production [151]
Debra Messing TSOA 1993, M.F.A. Emmy Award 2003 for Will and Grace
David Milhous TSOA 1991, B.F.A. Emmy Award 2017 for Crime Watch Daily
Camryn Manheim TSOA 1987, M.F.A. Emmy Award for The Practice
Terrance Moran Steinhardt 1964, B.A.; 1965, M.A.; 1971, Ph.D. Emmy Award 1987 for "McSorley's, New York"
Jeffrey Wright TSOA* Emmy Award 2003
Paul Tazewell TSOA Emmy Award 2016 for The Wiz Live! [152]
Aziz Ansari STERN Emmy Award 2016 for Master of None [153]
Rachel Attridge TSOA Emmy Award 2016 for The Wiz Live! [152]
Sterling K. Brown TSOA Emmy Award 2016 for The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story [152]
Jeremy Tchaban TSOA Emmy Award 2016 for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver [152]
Emily Harper TSOA Emmy Award 2016 for Key & Peele [152]
Jonathan Stern TSOA Emmy Award 2016 for Childrens Hospital [152]
David Wain TSOA Emmy Award 2016 for Childrens Hospital [152]
Lydia Tenaglia TSOA Emmy Award 2016 for Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown [152]
Jacqueline Glover TSOA Emmy Award 2016 for Jim: The James Foley Story [152]
Kyra Thompson TSOA Emmy Award 2016 for The Voice [152]
Joanna Fang TSOA Emmy Award 2016 for Cartel Land [152]
Eric Carney TSOA Emmy Award 2016 for Game Of Thrones [152]
Eric Becker TSOA Emmy Award 2016 for Grease: Live [152]

Grammy Award winners

Name Relation to NYU Notability Reference
Cy Coleman Steinhardt 1992 Grammy Award for The Will Rogers Follies
Todd Coolman Steinhardt 1999 Grammy Award for Best Album Notes
Fred Ebb ARTS 1955, B.A. Grammy Award 1967 for Cabaret
Stefani Germanotta (known professionally as Lady Gaga) TSOA* 2003–2005 Grammy Awards 2010, 2011, and 2015 recipient in several categories [154][155][156]
Evelyn Lear Grammy Award 1966 for her performance of the opera Wozzeck by Alban Berg
Melissa Manchester TSOA 1970–1971 Grammy Award 1982 for "You Should Hear How She Talks About You"
Mark Ronson TSOA* Grammy Award 2007 for producer on Amy Winehouse's Back to Black
Rick Rubin CAS* Grammy Award 2012 for producer on Adele's 21, among others
Carole Bayer Sager CAS 1979, B.A. Grammy Award 1987 for "That's What Friends Are For"
Wayne Shorter Steinhardt 1956, B.M.E. Grammy Award 2004 for the album Alegria
Mary Wilson GAL Grammy Award 1999 and 2001 with The Supremes
A Great Big World Steinhardt Grammy Award 2015 for Say Something

Tony Award winners

Name Relation to NYU Tony Awards won Reference
Nina Arianda TSOA 2009, M.F.A. "Best Actress in a Play" for Venus in Fur (2012)
Marc Bell SPS 1989, M.S.R.E. Producer; "Best Musical" for Jersey Boys (2006), "Best Play" for August: Osage County (2008) [157]
Trazana Beverley TSOA, M.F.A. "Best Featured Actress in a Play" For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf (1977)
Barry Bostwick TSOA, 1968 M.F.A. "Best Actor in a Musical" for The Robber Bridegroom
Cy Coleman Steinhardt Composer, five Tony Awards from 1978 – 1991
Betty Comden Steinhardt Librettist, twelve Tony Awards from 1953 – 1991
Fred Ebb ARTS 1955, B.A. Lyricist, three Tony Awards: Cabaret (1967), Woman of the Year 1981, Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993)
Adam S. Gordon TSOA 1989, B.F.A Producer; "Best Musical" for Kinky Boots (2014), "Best Revival" for The Color Purple (2016) [158]
Marcia Gay Harden TSOA, 1988 M.F.A. "Best Actress in a Play" for God of Carnage (2009)
Nikki M. James TSOA 2003, B.F.A. "Best Featured Actress in a Musical" for The Book of Mormon (2011) [159]
Steve Kazee TSOA 2005, M.F.A. "Best Actor in a Musical" for Once (2011)
Bradley King TSOA, M.F.A. "Best Lighting Design in a Musical" for Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 (2017) [160]
Tony Kushner TSOA 1984, M.F.A. Playwright. "Best Play" Angels in America (part 1 in 1993, part 2 in 1994)
Mimi Lien TSOA 2003, M.F.A. "Best Scenic Design in a Musical" for Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 (2017) [160]
Idina Menzel TSOA 1993, B.F.A. "Best Actress in a Musical" for Wicked (2004)
Donna Murphy TSOA 1980, B.F.A.[citation needed] "Best Actress in a Musical" for Passion (1994) and The King and I (1996)
Clint Ramos TSOA 1997, M.F.A "Best Costume Design in a Play" for Eclipsed (2016) [158]
John Patrick Shanley Steinhardt 1977, M.A. Playwright. "Best Play" for Doubt: A Parable (2005)
Stephen Spinella TSOA, 1982 M.F.A. "Best Featured Actor in a Play" for Angels in America (part 1, 1993), "Best Actor in a Play" for Angels in America (part 2, 1994)
Paul Tazewell TSOA 1989, M.F.A "Best Costume Design in a Musical" for Hamilton (2016) [158]
Barbara Whitman GAL 1988 Producer, four Tony Awards: Red (2010), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2014), Fun Home (2015), The Humans (2016) [158]
Jeff Whitty TSOA, 1997 M.F.A. "Best Book" for Avenue Q (2003)
George C. Wolfe TSOA, M.F.A. "Best Direction of a Play" for Angels in America (1993), "Best Direction of a Musical" for Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk (1996)
Frank Wood TSOA, 1987 M.F.A. "Best Featured Actor in a Play" for Side Man (1999)
David Zinn TSOA 1991, B.F.A "Best Scenic Design in a Play" for The Humans (2016) [158]


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. [161]
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 [162]
Samuel D. Goldberg POLY Revolutionized dentistry by inventing local anesthetics and making Novocain commercially feasible. [58]
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 [58]
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)
Charles Francis Stokes POLY Inventor of Stokes stretcher, one of the oldest medical devices in continuous use by the military. [163]
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 [164]
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 [165]
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 [166]
Jackie McCullough M.A. Philosophy Gospel musician and pastor
David Portner former student Founding member of experimental band Animal Collective
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
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

Name Relation to NYU Notability Reference
Jerome Anthony Ambro B.A., 1955 United States House of Representatives
Michael McMahon B.A., 1979 United States House of Representatives
Martha Roby B.M., 1998 United States House of Representatives R-AL (2011-) [167]
Lawrence J. Smith United States House of Representatives
William Bernard Barry Law LL.B., 1925 United States House of Representatives D-NY 1935–1946
Charles Robin Britt Law LL.M., 1976 United States House of Representatives D-NC 1983–1985
Peter Angelo Cavicchia Law LL.B., 1908 United States House of Representatives R-NJ 1931–1937
Earl Thomas Coleman Wagner 1963, M.P.A. United States House of Representatives D-MO 1976–1993
Maurice Connolly Law LL.B., 1898 United States House of Representatives D-IA 1921-1921
Irwin Delmore Davidson B.S., 1927, Law LL.B., 1928 United States House of Representatives
Lawrence Joseph DeNardis M.A., 1960; Ph.D., 1989 United States House of Representatives
Diana DeGette Law J.D., 1982 United States House of Representatives (1997–)
Steven Boghos Derounian B.A., 1938 United States House of Representatives
Isidore Dollinger B.C.S., 1925 United States House of Representatives (1949–1959)
Fred J. Eckert Law postgraduate work United States House of Representatives, U.S. Ambassador
Francis Edwin Dorn Wagner, 1936* United States House of Representatives
Smith Ely Law LL.B., 1846 United States House of Representatives
Leonard Farbstein Law LL.B. 1924 United States House of Representatives (1957–1971)
Hamilton Fish IV Law LL.B. 1957 United States House of Representatives (1969–1995)
Cornelius Edward Gallagher Law postgraduate 1948 United States House of Representatives (1959–1973)
Jacob A. Geissenhainer Law LL.B., 1862 United States House of Representatives
Benjamin A. Gilman Law LL.B., 1950 United States House of Representatives (1983–2003)
Anthony Jerome Griffin Law LL.B., 1892 United States House of Representatives (1918–1935)
Frank Joseph Guarini Law, J.D., 1950, LL.M., 1955 United States House of Representatives (1979–1993)
Cecil Landau Heftel Graduate Work United States House of Representatives (1977–1986)
Rush D. Holt, Jr. GSAS, M.S. 1974, Ph.D. 1981 United States House of Representatives (1999–)
Stanley Nelson Lundine Law 1964, LL.B. United States House of Representatives (1976–1987)
Mitchell Jenkins Law 1926, LL.B. United States House of Representatives
Edward Aloysius Kenney Law LL.B. 1908 United States House of Representatives (1933–1938)
Franklin Bartlett Poly 1865 United States House of Representatives (1893 – 1897)
Eugene James Keogh Stern, B.S. United States House of Representatives (1937–1967)
Arthur George Klein Law 1926, LL.B. United States House of Representatives (1946–1956)
Fiorello La Guardia Law 1908, LL.B., United States House of Representatives (1916–1934)
Jefferson Monroe Levy Law 1873, LL.B. United States House of Representatives (1911–1915)
John MacCrate Law 1906, LL.B. United States House of Representatives
Vito Marcantonio Law, LL.B. United States House of Representatives
Raymond Joseph McGrath M.A., 1968 United States House of Representatives (1981–1993)
Allan Langdon McDermott Law 1877, LL.B. United States House of Representatives (1900–1907)
Thomas Joseph Meskill Law 1955, LL.B. United States House of Representatives, Governor of Connecticut
Denis O'Leary Law 1890, LL.B. United States House of Representatives
Nathan David Perlman Law LL.B. 1907 United States House of Representatives (1920–1927)
Anning Smith Prall Law 1908, LL.B. United States House of Representatives (1923–1935)
Benjamin Rabin Law 1917, LL.B. United States House of Representatives
Leo Frederick Rayfiel Law 1908, LL.B. United States House of Representatives
Charles B. Rangel Law 1957, B.S. United States House of Representatives
B. Caroll Reece Law 1916, M.A. United States House of Representatives (1921–1961) [168]
Matthew John Rinaldo Wagner 1979, M.P.A. United States House of Representatives (1973–1993) [169]
Benjamin Stanley Rosenthal Law 1952, LL.M. United States House of Representatives (1962–1983)
Chris Shays Stern 1974, M.B.A. Wagner 1978, M.P.A United States House of Representatives
Isaac Siegel Law 1901, LL.B. United States House of Representatives
Daniel Edgar Sickles Law 1846, LL.B. United States House of Representatives
Andrew Lawrence Somers coursework* United States House of Representatives
James Tallmadge, Jr. 1st President of NYU United States House of Representatives (1817–1819)
Ludwig Teller Law 1935, LL.B. United States House of Representatives (1957–1961)
Herbert Tenzer Law 1927, LL.B. United States House of Representatives
Nydia Velázquez M.A., 1976 United States House of Representatives (1992–)
Elijah Ward Law 1943, LL.B. United States House of Representatives
Arthur Vivian Watkins 1909–1910 United States House of Representatives
Leo C. Zeferetti 1963* 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

Name Relation to NYU Notability Reference
Clay Constantinou Law LL.M., 1986 United States Ambassador to Luxembourg
David M. Friedman Law United States Ambassador to Israel
John S.R. Shad Law United States Ambassador to the Netherlands
David Pressman Law United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Robert Patrick John Finn M.A. United States Ambassador to Afghanistan
Patricia McMahon Hawkins CAS United States Ambassador to Togo
Joseph R. DeTrani CAS, B.S. United States Ambassador Special Envoy for Six Party Talks (2005–06), United States Ambassador Special Envoy on Korean Affairs (2003–05) [170]
Fred J. Eckert CAS United States Ambassador to Fiji
Heather M. Hodges M.A. United States Ambassador to Moldova
Clifford Sobel Stern B.S., 1972 United States Ambassador to the Netherlands, United States Ambassador to Brazil
Herbert Wolcott Bowen POLY United States Ambassador to Venezuela
George W. Landau United States Ambassador to Venezuela
Mary Carlin Yates M.A., Ph.D. United States Ambassador to Ghana
Kenneth L. Brown M.A. United States Ambassador to Ghana
Charles L. English United States Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina
Max Kampelman B.A., LL.B. United States Ambassador to the CSCE
Elliott Skinner B.A. United States Ambassador to Burkina Faso
William Henry Draper Jr. United States Ambassador to NATO
Charles A. Heimbold, Jr. United States Ambassador to Sweden


Name Relation to NYU Notability Reference
Shirley Abrahamson CAS Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court
G. Steven Agee Law Federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; former Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia
Julio M. Fuentes GSAS M.A. United States Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
John Greaney Law Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Court
Cynthia H. Hall Law Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [171]
William C. Hill Arts & Science, B.A, 1939
Law, J.D., 1941
Associate Justice, Vermont Supreme Court [172][173]
Dennis G. Jacobs Law Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Judith S. Kaye Law, LL.B., 1958 Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
M. Blane Michael Law Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Pauline Newman Law Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
William C. Brennan Law Justice, New York Supreme Court
Marian P. Opala Law LL.M. Justice, Oklahoma Supreme Court
Thomas Buergenthal Law J.D., 1960 Judge, International Court of Justice (2000 -)
Doris Ling-Cohan Law J.D., 1979 Judge, New York State Supreme Court
William A. Wachenfeld POLY Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1946 to 1959
Nabil Elaraby Law LL.M., 1969; J.S.D., 1971 Judge, International Court of Justice
Gonzalo Parra Aranguren Law LL.M., 1952 Judge, International Court of Justice
Burton B. Roberts B.A., 1943; Law 1949 Bronx New York Supreme Court judge known for his no-nonsense imperious handling of cases in his courtroom became the model for the character of Myron Kovitsky in the book The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe [174]
Richard V. Thomas NYU Master of Laws Chief Justice of the Wyoming high court; Member of the Wyoming Supreme Court, 1974–2001 [175]
Theodore Trautwein Law Judge who sentenced a reporter from The New York Times to 40 days in jail in the "Dr. X" trial of Mario Jascalevich [176]
James Lopez Watson B.A., 1947 Judge, United States Court of International Trade
Louis Freeh Law Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York


Name Relation to NYU Notability Reference
Gloria Allred GSAS Feminist lawyer
Amal Clooney Law Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers; married to George Clooney
Zachary W. Carter Law United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York
Martin Garbus Law Attorney; Fulbright Scholar
Sally Hernandez Law Deputy Mayor of NYC, 1990–92 [177]
Martin Lipton Law Lawyer; a founding partner of the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; inventor of the "poison pill"; M&A Master
Anne Milgram Law 57th Attorney General of New Jersey
Peter J. Powers Law First Deputy Mayor of New York City, 1994–96 [178]
Shirley D. Peterson Law Assistant Attorney General in the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice
Irving Picard Law Oversaw Madoff recoupment
Charles P. Rettig Law (LL.M.) Lawyer
Glenn Greenwald Law Lawyer and blogger
Ann Althouse Law Lawyer and blogger
Neil Barofsky Law Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2000 to 2008.
Marc  Platt (producer) Law Entertainment attorney; film, television, and theatre producer
Bob Ferguson (politician) Law American attorney and politician who is the 18th and current Attorney General of Washington

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 Current 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 [179]
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 [180]
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 [181]
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 [182]
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 [183]
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 [184]
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– ) [185]
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 [186]
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 [187]
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 [188]
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 [189]
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 [190]
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 [191]
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 [192]
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 [193]
Barbara Wright M.A., Nursing Education Member of the New Jersey General Assembly [194]
Vanessa Wruble M.P.S. Interactive Telecommunications Activist, co-founder of The Women's March on Washington [195]

Press, literature and arts

Name Relation to NYU Notability Reference
Kathy Acker 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 [196]
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 [197]
Ted Baehr Law, J.D. Chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission
Maria Bartiromo CAS, 1987 B.A. News anchor on CNBC; author
Venia Bechrakis M.F.A Artist
Katherine Behar 2006, M.A Artist
Ib Benoh Steinhardt 1993, D.A. Artist [198]
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 [199]
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. [200]
Countee Cullen GSAS Author of Ballad of the Brown Girl, Color, Color
Noon Meem Danish Former teaching staff Urdu poet [201]
Miriam Davenport IFA* Painter and sculptor
Midge Decter ARTS* Journalist
Erica De Mane CAS Author of The Flavors of Southern Italy
Heather Dewey-Hagborg Master of Professional Studies in Interactive Telecommunications Information artist [202]
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 [203]
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 [203]
Perez Hilton B.A., 2000 Blogger, columnist and television personality.
Safiya Henderson-Holmes B.A. Poet, recipient of the William Carlos Williams Award [204]
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 [205]
Jamie Johnson GAL 2003, B.A. Filmmaker [206]
David Kaufman GSAS, M.A.[citation needed] Contributor to the Financial Times, The New York Times, Details, and the Fox Business Network
Swati Khurana GAL 2001, M.A. Artist and writer [207]
Andrew Kirtzman Journalism degree NY1 and WCBS-TV reporter, author
Alen Pol Kobryn CAS* Poet [208]
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 [209]
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
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 [210]
J. D. Salinger coursework* Author of Catcher in the Rye. [211]
Gerald Schoenfeld Law, J.D. Chairman of the Shubert Organization (1972–2008) [212]
Ben Shahn Artist
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 [213]
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 [214]

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


As of 2013, NYU has been associated with at least 74 men and 10 women who have participated as athletes, coaches, or managers at Olympic Games, for a total of at least 28 Olympic medals.[215]

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 [216]
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 currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand 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 [215]
Eugene Glazer 1962 Olympic fencer [217]
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 [218]
CJ Picerni SPS Drafted by the Washington Nationals [219]
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 [220]
Moe Spahn American Basketball League (MVP) [221]
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 [222]
Oscar Lawton Wilkerson NYU alum Tuskegee Airman
Miles Redd NYU alum Interior designer [223]


The following are characters in film, television, literature, and other media that have a connection to the university:

Name Portrayal Notability Reference
Princess Daisy played by Samantha Mathis Paleontology student in Super Mario Bros.
Isabel played by Julia Roberts in Stepmom (film) [224]
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. [225]

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