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This list of West Virginia University alumni includes notable people from published sources.
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- Joe Alexander - Current professional basketball player for Maccabi Tel Aviv
- Michael Baker - American football player
- Terry Bowden - Yahoo Sports Analyst
- Tommy Bowden - Former head football coach for Clemson University and Tulane University
- John Browning - Former NFL defensive tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs
- Marc Bulger - Former NFL quarterback for the St. Louis Rams, New Orleans Saints, and Baltimore Ravens
- Niccolò Campriani - Olympic Gold and Silver medal winning sport shooter. Won Gold in the Men's 50 metre rifle three positions and Silver in the Men's 10 metre air rifle at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
- Mike Compton - Two time Super Bowl Champion and former NFL guard for the Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, and Jacksonville Jaguars.
- Mike Gansey - Former basketball player in th NBA Development League.
- Jedd Gyorko - Current second baseman for the San Diego Padres.
- Sue Haywood - Professional Mountain Bike Racer
- Major Harris - Quarterbacked for West Virginia University in their 1988 undefeated season.
- Johannes "Joe" Herber - Former professional and German international basketball player
- Chris Henry - Former NFL wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals.
- Jeff Hostetler - Super Bowl Champion and former NFL quarterback for the Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, and New York Giants. Starting quarterback in Super Bowl XXV.
- Chuck Howley - Former NFL linebacker for the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys, and Super Bowl V MVP
- Sam Huff - Former NFL linebacker, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982.
- Bob Huggins - Current head coach of the West Virginia University men's basketball team and former West Virginia University basketball player.
- Rodney Clark "Hot Rod" Hundley - Former NBA basketball player for the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers. Was the first pick in the 1957 NBA draft.
- Bruce Irvin - Super Bowl Champion and current NFL linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks.
- James Jett - Olympic Gold medal winning sprinter and former NFL wide receiver for Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders.
- Adam "Pacman" Jones - Current NFL cornerback for the Cincinnati Bengals.
- Greg Jones - Three-time NCAA Division 1 wrestling champion, 2005 Most Outstanding Wrestler award winner, and current Associate Head Coach for the West Virginia University wrestling team
- Brian Jozwiak - Former NFL offensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs.
- Ken Kendrick - Owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball
- Steve Kline - Former Major League Baseball Pitcher
- Ellis Lankster - Current NFL cornerback for the New York Jets 
- Oliver Luck - Former NFL quarterback, athletic director of West Virginia University, and president/general manager of the Houston Dynamo.
- Billy Joe Mantooth - Former NFL linebacker for the Houston Oilers
- Pat McAfee - Current NFL punter for the Indianapolis Colts.
- Adrian Murrell - Former running back for New York Jets.
- Dan Mozes - 2006 Rimington Trophy award winner.
- Solomon Page - Former NFL offensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers
- Kevin Pittsnogle - Former basketball player in the NBA Development League.
- Jerry Porter - Former NFL Wide Receiver for the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars
- Wil Robinson - Former ABA basketball player. All-American at West Virginia
- Rich Rodriguez - Former head football coach of the University of Michigan; current head football coach of the University of Arizona.
- Todd Sauerbrun - Former All-Pro NFL punter (five different teams).
- Owen Schmitt - Former NFL fullback for the Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles, and Oakland Raiders.
- Floyd B. "Ben" Schwartzwalder - Former head coach of the 1959 National Championship Syracuse University football team
- Steve Slaton - Former NFL running back for the Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins and current CFL running back for the Toronto Argonauts.
- Dave Stephenson - Former NFL guard for the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers.
- Darryl Talley - West Virginia University all-time team member and former NFL Linebacker for the Buffalo Bills
- Rod Thorn - Former NBA and ABA basketball player and current President of Basketball Operation for the NBA.
- John Thornton - Former NFL defensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals
- Mike Vanderjagt - Former NFL placekicker for the Indianapolis Colts and Dallas Cowboys
- Jerry West - Former NBA basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers and Hall of Famer. He is considered one of the greatest NBA and college basketball players of all time and is the logo for the NBA.
- Pat White - Former NFL quarterback for the Miami Dolphins
- Bill Wiltrout - Alaskan Hall of Fame high school coach and educator
- Andrew Wright - Current Defender/Midfielder for Morecambe F.C.
- John Writer - Olympic Gold and Silver medal winning sports shooter. 
- Amos Zereoue - Former NFL running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders, and New England Patriots
- James "Clayster" Eubanks - professional Call of Duty player, two-time Call of Duty Championship winner
- Carl George Bachmann - U.S. Congressman, Republican Minority Whip 1931-1933
- Clark S. Barnes - West Virginia Senate, District 15, 2004 – Present
- William Wallace Barron - 26th Governor of West Virginia
- Irene C. Berger - federal judicial nominee for the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
- Frank L. Bowman was an American politician who represented West Virginia in the United States House of Representatives
- Virginia Mae Brown, first woman to head the Interstate Commerce Commission
- Becky Cain - past president of the League of Women Voters
- William G. Conley - 18th Governor of West Virginia
- William Harrison Courtney - special assistant to President Clinton
- David Ginsburg (1912–2010), presidential adviser and executive director of the Kerner Commission.
- William E. Glasscock - 13th Governor of West Virginia
- Howard Mason Gore - 17th Governor of West Virginia
- Kathleen M. Hawk - Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons
- Robert Lynn Hogg - Represented West Virginia in the United States House of Representatives from 1930–1933
- Brad Hoylman - Sitting NY State Senator representing the 27th District which includes Midtown, Times Square, and Greenwich Village of lower Manhattan
- Sen. Harley M. Kilgore - chairman of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on War Mobilization during World War II
- Nancy Jacobs - Maryland State Senator (1973).
- Tim Mahoney (politician) - U.S. Congressman from Florida
- Edward F. McClain - member Wisconsin State Assembly
- Darrell McGraw - Former West Virginia Attorney General, Former Chief Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court
- Joe Manchin - The 34th Governor of West Virginia and United States Senator from West Virginia
- William C. Marland - 24th Governor of West Virginia
- M. Blane Michael - Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- Alan Mollohan - United States Congressman
- Arch A. Moore, Jr. - 28th & 30th Governor of West Virginia
- Ephraim F. Morgan - 16th Governor of West Virginia
- Matthew M. Neely - 22nd Governor of West Virginia
- Asra Nomani - former Wall Street Journal reporter, author and Islamic reform and feminism activist
- Mike Pantelides - Mayor of Annapolis, MD
- Tom Pridemore - West Virginia House of Delegates and football player
- Jeff Pyle - Pennsylvania State Representative
- Stuart F. Reed - politician who represented West Virginia in the United States House of Representatives
- Nelson Stamler - a New Jersey State Senator, Assemblyman, Judge, and Prosecutor
- Virginia Starcher - member of the West Virginia House of Delegates from 1986–1990
- Paul S. Stull - member Maryland House of Delegates.
- John G. Trueschler, former member of the Maryland House of Delegates (1979).
- Cecil H. Underwood - Youngest (25th) and oldest (32nd) Governor of West Virginia
- Joseph M. Devine - Governor of North Dakota from 1898 to 1899
Other notable alumni
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- ^ West Virginia University. "John Russo | WVU Magazine". West Virginia University. Retrieved 2015-11-13.
- ^ "Michael Eugene Compton". databaseBasketball.com. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
- ^ "Greg Jones Wrestling". WVU Athletics. Retrieved 2014.
- ^ "Ellis Lankster". NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
- ^ "WVU Sports Hall of Fame". wvusports.com.
- ^ "Olympic Games Medals (Results)". olympic.org.
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- ^ Vijayan, Jaikumar (April 24, 1997). "White House cuts paper out of federal budget". Joe Hardy Passed Over Sons For Successor at 84 Lumber. wsj.com. Retrieved 2014-02-14.
- ^ "DiSarro, Joseph". Political Science Department, Washington & Jefferson College. Archived from the original on 2012-01-29. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
- ^ "Fred Griffith". Cleveland Seniors. Retrieved 24 September 2010.
- ^ "Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair pleads guilty to charges in sex case, March 6, 2014". British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
- ^ Grimes, William. "David Ginsburg, Longtime Washington Insider, Dies at 98", The New York Times, May 25, 2010. Accessed June 1, 2010.
- ^ "Joseph M. Devine". National Governors Association. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
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