Rutgers University New Brunswick Notable Alumni

Last Updated on August 28, 2023

Notable alumni

Louis Ayres, Medievalist architect best known for designing the United States Memorial Chapel at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial and the Herbert C. Hoover U.S. Department of Commerce Building
Frank Townsend Lent
Arts and entertainment


Brad Ascalon, Class of 1999, industrial designer
Alice Aycock, Class of 1968, sculptor
Marc Ecko, fashion designer
Lore Kadden Lindenfeld, textile designer
Kojiro Matsukata, art collector whose collection helped form the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo
George Segal, GSNB 1963, sculptor

Roger Bart, actor (Desperate Housewives, The Producers; Tony Award for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown)
Mario Batali, Class of 1982, chef, restaurateur, television host (Molto Mario, Iron Chef America)
Bill Bellamy, Class of 1989, comedian, actor
Avery Brooks, Class of 1973, actor, educator
John Carpenter, Class of 1990, first-ever champion of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire television quiz show
Asia Carrera (born Jessica Steinhauser), Class of 1995 (did not graduate), porn star; majored in Business and Japanese[18][19]
Kevin Chamberlin, actor (Tony Award nominations for Dirty Blonde and Seussical)
Larry Charles, film director (Borat and Bruno)
Jim Coane, Class of 1970, Emmy award-winning television executive producer, writer and director (Dragon Tales)
Kristin Davis, Class of 1987, actress (Sex and the City)
Mike Colter, actor (Netflix’s Luke Cage)
Tim DeKay, Class of 1990 (Mason Gross School of the Arts), actor (White Collar)
John DiMaggio, voice actor (Bender on Futurama and Jake the Dog on Adventure Time), voicework in anime (Princess Mononoke, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust)
Katie Dippold, television and film writer (Parks and Recreation, The Heat)
Wheeler Winston Dixon, filmmaker, critic, author[20]
Keir Dullea, actor (2001, A Space Odyssey)
Simon Feil, Class of 2000, actor (Julie & Julia, House of Cards)[21]
Jon Finkel, Class of 2003, professional Magic: The Gathering player; inducted into the MTG Hall of Fame
Calista Flockhart, Class of 1988, actress (The Birdcage, Ally McBeal), Emmy winner, spouse of Harrison Ford
Brandon Flynn, actor (13 Reasons Why)[22]
Marlene Forte, (attended) actress, sister of HSN host Lesley Machado
Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, filmmaker, critic, author
Midori Francis, actress (Dash & Lily)
James Gandolfini, Class of 1983, actor (The Sopranos), Emmy winner, voice actor (Where the Wild Things Are)
Chris Gethard, comedian, actor
Judy Gold, B.A. 1984, comedian, actress
Dan Green, voice actor (Yu-Gi-Oh!)
Charles Hallahan, Class of 1969 (Camden), actor (The Thing, Hunter)
Robert Harper, Class of 1974, actor (Once Upon A Time In America, Frank’s Place, Creepshow, Commander in Chief…)
Bakhtiyaar Irani, Class of 1999, Indian television actor, participant in the Indian version of Big Brother, Bigg Boss
Bill Jemas, Class of 1980, writer, creative director, publisher for Marvel Comics Group
Ed Kalegi, National talk radio host and personality The Weekend with Ed Kalegi, actor
Jason Kaplan, associate producer of The Howard Stern Show
Jane Krakowski, Class of 1988, actress (Ally McBeal, 30 Rock)
William Mastrosimone, Class of 1980, playwright, Golden Globe Award winner
Christopher McCulloch, creator of The Venture Bros.
Paolo Montalban, Broadway, television and film actor
Luis Moro, Class of 1987, actor, comic, filmmaker, writer, Independent Spirit Award Nominee, Best Actor Nominee ABFF (Love and Suicide)
Oswald “Ozzie” Nelson, Class of 1927, musician and actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet)
Scott Patterson, actor (Saw IV, Saw V)
Hasan Piker, Popular Twitch streamer and online personality
Matt Pinfield, radio DJ, host of MTV’s 120 Minutes
Molly Price, actress
Robert Pulcini, Class of 1989 (Camden), Academy Award nominated documentary and feature filmmaker, co-director of American Splendor
Sheryl Lee Ralph, English Lit/Theatre degree, 1975, original Deena Jones in the Broadway smash hit musical Dreamgirls, winner of six Tony Awards
Roy Scheider, actor (Jaws, Sorcerer)
Henry Selick, Attended for a year, director ( Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline )
Michael Sorvino, actor, son of Paul Sorvino
Dina Spybey, actress ( Disney’s The Haunted Mansion)
Sebastian Stan, Class of 2005, actor (Captain America: The First Avenger, The Covenant)
Aaron Stanford, Class of 2000,, actor (X2, Tadpole)
Kurt Sutter, Class of 1986, writer (The Shield), creator of Sons of Anarchy[23]
Daniel Travis, actor (Open Water)
Paul Wesley, actor (Vampire Diaries)
Ashley Woodfolk, young adult fiction writer
Cary Woodworth, Class of 1999, actor (Mary and Rhoda), songwriter
Karen Young, actress (The Sopranos, Law & Order)
Ramy Youssef, attended, actor (Ramy_(TV_series))
Saul Zaentz, film producer (One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus)
Daniel O’Brien, Class of 2008, comedian/writer (, How to Fight Presidents)

Spencer Ackerman, Class of 2002, journalist for The Daily Beast
Joan Acocella, Class of 1984, journalist, author, dance critic for The New Yorker
Martin Agronsky, Class of 1936, pioneering TV journalist
Amanda Alcantara, Class of 2012, writer and activist
Carrie Budoff Brown, editor of Politico
Lisa Daftari, foreign affairs investigative journalist for the “The Foreign Desk”
Stuart Diamond, journalist, New York Times, Pulitzer Prize. Author, Getting More, NY Times bestseller
Dylan Dreyer, meteorologist
Rich Edson, Class of 2003, Washington correspondent, Fox News Channel[24]
Mike Emanuel, journalist, Chief Congressional Correspondent and former White House Correspondent for Fox News Channel
Nick Gillespie, Class of 1985, journalist, editor
Bernard Goldberg, Class of 1967, journalist
Jerry Izenberg, Class of 1952, Emmy-winning sports journalist
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, Class of 2014, author and tech entrepreneur
Jeff Koyen, Class of 1991, journalist and entrepreneur
Gene Lyons, Class of 1952, political columnist
Natalie Morales, Class of 1994, journalist and correspondent for The Today Show
Lisa Murphy, Bloomberg journalist
Richard Newcomb, Class of 1962, journalist and author, best-selling author of Iwo Jima! and Abandon Ship!
James O’Keefe, Class of 2006, political activist
Wendy Osefo, Class of 2016 (Camden, PhD), political commentator and assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University.
Rebecca Quick, Class of 1993, journalist and anchor (CNBC Squawk Box)
Larry Stark, Class of 1956, Boston journalist and theater critic, Theater Mirror
Mike Taibbi, Class of 1971, journalist and correspondent for NBC Nightly News
Milton Viorst, Class of 1951, journalist, author, Middle East scholar
Cathy Young, Class of 1988, journalist and non-fiction author

Rutgers University Ranking

Academic rankings
U.S. News & World Report63
Washington Monthly36
U.S. News & World Report

In the 2021 U.S. News & World Report rankings of universities in the United States, the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers is tied for 63rd among national universities overall and ranked tied for 23rd among public universities. The same ranking placed Rutgers in the top 25 among all U.S. universities for the following graduate school programs: Library Science (7th), English (15th), Fine Arts (23rd), History (21st) (with the subspecialties of Women’s History and African-American History both ranked 1st), Social Work (17th), and Mathematics (22nd). Rutgers University has also consistently ranked 2nd for Philosophy according the QS World University Rankings and the Philosophy Gourmet Report.QS also ranks Rutgers as number 42, nationally. The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) has Rutgers-New Brunswick ranked 29th nationally and 50th globally in 2020–2021.

The RBS Master of Quantitative Finance (M.Q.F.) program, and the Master of Mathematical Finance (M.S.M.F) program in the department of mathematics, are ranked 7th in the United States.

Rutgers University–New Brunswick, the flagship campus of New Jersey’s state university, is split into five mini campuses, each with a unique setting and identity, student center and dining options. Freshmen are not required to live on campus. Students can join more than 500 student clubs and organizations, including more than 80 fraternities and sororities.

Among its graduate offerings, Rutgers has a highly ranked Graduate School of Education. The university also awards one of the highest numbers of doctorate degrees a year among U.S. schools. As a public research university, Rutgers is home to unique institutions such as the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, where students take hands-on courses in the sciences and work on community projects.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights compete in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference. After more than two decades in the Big East conference, Rutgers joined the Big Ten Conference in 2014, where it competes with the University of Maryland—College Park, University of Iowa and other schools. It offers football, basketball, soccer, tennis, golf, wrestling, track and field, and a host of other sports programs. The women’s basketball team won the WNIT championship in 2014, and the men’s track team won its first Big East Outdoor Championship in 2005.

Rutgers was founded in 1766 as Queen’s College, an all-male institution, and affiliated with the Dutch Reformed Church. It was renamed Rutgers College in 1825 and became a land-grant institution in 1864. Women were allowed to join the university in 1918. The university officially became The State University of New Jersey in the mid-20th century.

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