List of Harvard University non-graduate alumni

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This is a list of notable people who attended Harvard University, but did not graduate or have yet to graduate. See List of Harvard University people for a fuller list of people affiliated with Harvard.

Name Lifespan Known for Relationship to Harvard
John Adams II (1803–1834) aide to his father President John Quincy Adams Attended College; expelled prior to 1823 graduation; later among those designated as "Bachelor of Arts as of 1823" and admitted to Roll of Graduates
Vincent Astor (1891–1959) businessman and philanthropist Attended College
F. Lee Bailey (born 1933) lawyer Attended College
William J. A. Bailey Radithor scandal Attended College
Andrew Beyer (born ?) horse racing expert Attended College
James Blake (born 1979) tennis player Attended College in 1997–1999
Rick Brewer (born 1956) president of Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana; former administrator at Charleston Southern University in North Charleston, South Carolina post-graduate study at Harvard
William Starling Burgess (born 1878) aviator, yacht designer, automotive innovator, poet attended Harvard College 1897–1900
Frank Carlucci (born 1930) United States Secretary of Defense Attended Business School
Jacques Chirac (born 1932) former President of France; former Prime Minister of France Attended Summer School in 1953
Alistair Cooke (1908–2004) journalist, broadcaster visiting graduate student
Hamilton Coolidge (1895–1918) soldier Attended College 1916 but dropped out to fight in World War I (killed in action); posthumously awarded an A.B. (War Degree), Harvard Class of 1919
Broderick Crawford (1911–1986) actor Attended college after High School graduation but dropped out after three weeks
Vincent Cronin (born 1924) historian, writer Attended College
Matt Damon (born 1970) actor Attended College
Eli Dershwitz (born 1995) Under-20 World Saber Champion, and US Olympic saber fencer Attending College
Paul Douglas (1892–1976) United States Senator Attended Graduate School
Edmund Fanning (1739–1818) British Colonial Officer and Governor Given AM Degree in 1764
John F. Fitzgerald (1863–1950} mayor of Boston, Massachusetts Attended Harvard Medical School but dropped out 1885 after father died
Geoffrey S. Fletcher (born 1970) screenwriter, film director, and adjunct film professor at Columbia University and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts
John Gould Fletcher (1886–1950) poet and philosopher College (attended 1903–1907, but did not finish)
Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790) scientist Never attended College; awarded an honorary degree in 1753 as Class of 1724
Robert Frost (1874–1963) poet Attended College (1897–1899); awarded an honorary degree in 1937
Buckminster Fuller (1895–1983) designer, architect Attended College
William Gaddis (1922–1998) novelist Attended College
Bill Gates (born 1955) co-founder and Chairman of Microsoft, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Attended College (1973–1975); awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws in 2007
Frank Gehry (born 1929) architect Attended Design School
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (born 1933) Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Attended Law School, later transferred to Columbia
James Halperin (born 1952) co-founder and Chairman of Heritage Auctions, entrepreneur, and author Attended College (1970–1972)
William Randolph Hearst (1863–1951) newspaper magnate Attended College
Bruce Henderson (1915–1992) founder of the Boston Consulting Group Attended the Business School
Richard Honaker (born 1951) attorney, former Wyoming legislator, nominee for U.S. District Judge Attended College (1969–1973)
Theodore Rickey Hostetter (1897–1918) Son of Theodore R. Hostetter Enlisted in the 3rd Squadron, Royal Flying Corps; killed in action Sept 27, 1918. In 1919 awarded a posthumous Degree S.B {War Degree Class of 1918}[1]
Joel Iacoomes (−1665) Native American student (Wampanoag) Attended Harvard Indian College; died in shipwreck at Nantucket before receiving his degree as Class of 1665; awarded a posthumous degree A.B. in 2011[2][3]
Henry James (1843–1916) novelist Attended Law School
Kareena Kapoor (born 1980) Bollywood actress Attended Summer School
Philip Kaufman (born 1936) film director, screenwriter Attended Law School
John Key (born 1961) Prime Minister of New Zealand Attended professional courses at the Business School)
Dan Kiley (1912–2004) landscape architect, architect Attended Design School
Edwin Land (1909–1991) inventor Attended College; awarded honorary doctorate in 1957
Benjamin Larnell (1694–1714) Native American student and poet Attended Indian College; died before receiving degree; poem found in 2013[2]
William Harrington Leahy (1904-1986) read admiral in the United States Navy, son of fleet admiral William D. Leahy Attended business school[4]
Fred A. Leuchter (born 1943) inventor and execution equipment designer Attended for post-graduate studies
Alan Lomax (1915–2002) musicologist Attended College (1932–1933)
John Lomax (1867–1948) musicologist visiting student (1907)
Amory Lovins (born 1947) environmentalist attended college (1964–66)
Robert Lowell (1917–1977) poet Attended College
James MacArthur (1937–2010) actor Attended Harvard; dropped out in second year to become actor
Rosario Marin (born 1958) Treasurer of the United States Attended KSG Program for State and Local Government Executives
Tshilidzi Marwala (born 1971) academic, community leader, and businessman Attended Harvard Business School
Dustin Moskovitz (born 1984) co-founder of Facebook, Inc. Attended College
James Murdoch (born 1972) British Sky Broadcasting CEO Attended College
Ogden Nash (1902–1971) poet Attended College (1920–21)
Benjamin Netanyahu (born 1949) Prime Minister of Israel Attended College; studied political science
Gabe Newell (born 1962) co-founder of Valve Corporation Attended College[5]
Eugene O'Neill (1888–1953) playwright Attended College
James Park (born 19??) co-founder and CEO of Fitbit Attended College
Gram Parsons (1946–1973) father of country rock Attended College
James Peck (1914–1993) civil rights and anti-war activist Attended College
Ion Perdicaris (1840–1925) businessman and philanthropist Attended College but left in second year
Mary Peters (born 1948) United States Secretary of Transportation Attended KSG Program for State and Local Government Executives
Albert Pike (1809–1891) Confederate General Attended but then chose not to attend college because of fees
Cole Porter (1891–1964) composer Attended Law and Graduate Schools
David Endicott Putnam (1898–1918) Soldier Attended College 1917 but dropped out to fight in World War I {killed in action}; posthumously awarded an S.B. {War Degree} Harvard Class of 1920}
Bonnie Raitt (born 1949) singer, songwriter Attended Radcliffe
Jose Luis Razo, Jr. criminal Attended College (1985–87)
Richard Read two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nieman fellow (1996–97)
Eden Riegel (born 1981) actress Attended College (1998–2000)
Laurance Spelman Rockefeller (1910–2004) businessman and philanthropist Attended College but dropped out when he decided not to be a lawyer
Quentin Roosevelt (1897–1918) soldier Attended College 1916 but dropped out to fight in World War I (killed in action); posthumously awarded an A.B. (War Degree), Harvard Class of 1919}
Pete Seeger (1919–2014) songwriter, singer, activist Attended College
Birendra Bir Bikram Shah (1945–2001) late King of Nepal Attended for one year (1967–1968)
Robert Gould Shaw (1837–1863) abolitionist, Union Army colonel Attended College (1856–1859); killed in American Civil War
Harry Shearer (born 1943) actor, writer Attended Graduate School
Wallace Stevens (1879–1955) poet Special student (1897–1900)
Adlai Stevenson (1900–1965) 1952 and 1956 Democratic U.S. presidential nominee, Governor of Illinois Attended Law School
Jonathan Taylor Thomas (born 1981) actor Attended College (2001–2002)
Daniel Cosío Villegas (1898–1976) economist, historian student
David Foster Wallace (1962–2008) writer Attended graduate school
David Kenyon Webster (1922–1961) soldier, journalist, and author; was profiled in Band of Brothers Attended college one semester; dropped out to fight in WWII[6]
John Wentworth (1815–1888) Mayor of Chicago Attended Law School in 1841
Marjorie Williams (1958–2005) writer Dropped out after junior year[7]
Charles W. Woodworth (1865–1940) entomologist Studied under Hermann August Hagen 1886 to 1888, 1900–1901
Isoroku Yamamoto (1884–1943) World War II Naval Marshal General, Imperial Japanese Navy Visiting student (1919–1921)
Mark Zuckerberg (born 1984) founder & CEO of Facebook Attended College; created Facebook as an online directory for Harvard students in his second year; left soon afterward to expand the company


  1. ^ Harvard's Military Record in the World War p.479
  2. ^ a b Ireland, Corydon (September 20, 2013). "The First Native Man of Letters: Harvard's Indian Colonial Poet (in Latin!)". Retrieved August 29, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Honor for Native American". Harvard Gazette. Harvard University. May 2011. Retrieved August 29, 2016. 
  4. ^ "W. H. Leahy, Rear Admiral, Dies at 81". The Washington Post. May 13, 1986. 
  5. ^ Murphy Barret, Victoria (December 12, 2005). "It's A Mod, Mod Underworld". 
  6. ^ "PFC David Kenyon "Web" Webster". 
  7. ^ Von Drehle, David (January 17, 2005). "Post Columnist Marjorie Williams Dies". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-09-08.