Famous Alumni of Public Colleges and Universities

The following prominent college graduates have all made a powerful impact in their respected field and all are products of public colleges and universities.

Have you always dreamed of being an iconic actor or an influential political leader? How about being an entrepreneur or the next great inventor? The following prominent college graduates have all made a powerful impact in their respected field and all are products of public colleges and universities. Prepare to be inspired to create your own future success story!

These political figures have gone down in history for the influence they’ve had on the country.

  • Former U.S. President Gerald Ford attended the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor where he played football and graduated with a B.A. in economics in 1935.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, actor and former Governor of California, graduated from the University of Wisconsin—Superior in 1979 after studying international marketing of fitness and business administration.

For the future talk-show hosts out there, these names might strike up some inspiration.

  • Jon Stewart, television personality and host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, graduated from The College of William and Mary in 1984 with a degree in psychology.
  • Oprah Winfrey, known for The Oprah Winfrey Show as well as multiple other media endeavors, graduated from Tennessee State University where she studied communication.

Colleges of CelebritiesIf your dreams involve being center stage, check out the alma maters of these actors and actresses.

  • Rachel McAdams, the Canadian actress best known for her roles in The Notebook and Sherlock Holmes, is a graduate of York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She earned a B.F.A. in the theater program in 2001.
  • Tina Fey, a comedic actress and writer, is a graduate of the University of Virginia. She studied playwriting and acting and earned a B.A. in drama in 1992.
  • Matthew McConaughey, an actor in a number of comedies and dramas, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993 with his B.S. in radio/television/film from the College of Communication.

Would you rather be known for being the mind behind a widely successful operation? If so, these people’s success stories will get you brainstorming.

  • Larry Page, co-founder of Google, graduated University of Michigan—Ann Arbor with a B.S. in computer engineering.
  • Jeff Taylor, founder of the employment website Monster.com, graduated from the University of Massachusetts—Amherst in 2001.

Whatever your goals may be upon graduating college, know that a public education can help get you there. Pursue a major you are interested in because it could lead to a career doing something you love and may even land you on a list of notable alumni from your future alma mater!

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About Kristen Healy

Kristen Healy

Kristen is an Assistant Editor at Wintergreen Orchard House, a sub-division of Carnegie Communications, where she manages data for Midwestern colleges and universities. She graduated in 2010 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a double major in Journalism and Communication and a minor in Political Science. She is psyched about blogging about Public Colleges and Universities seeing as she is a proud product of one. She hopes that her four years at the Massachusetts state flagship campus will help her to bring new light to a broad range of topics that can relate to attending a public college or university. Her college career was spent writing for the news section of UMass’s Daily Collegian, volunteering at the university television studio, and enjoying the sites and activities of downtown Amherst. Kristen loves to travel and spent part of her junior year studying abroad in Galway, Ireland, where she gained perspective of what it is like to attend a large university in another country. She hopes her experiences in public higher education will help guide readers through their own college journeys!

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