Anyone here go to Yale?
No, I went to a college that doesn't coddle it's famous and wealthy students and where his D's would have been F's.
Yale University is a private university in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 as the Collegiate School, Yale is the third-oldest American institution of higher education. The University has graduated numerous Nobel Prize laureates and U.S. Presidents, including William Howard Taft, Gerald Ford (LL.B), George H.W. Bush (BA), Bill Clinton (JD), and George W. Bush (BA). Its $12.7 billion academic endowment is the second largest worldwide (behind only its larger rival, Harvard University).
Yale's emphasis on undergraduate teaching is unusual among its peer research universities. The undergraduate College is one of the most selective in the United States, accepting fewer than 10 percent of its applicants, and has produced more Rhodes Scholars than any institution save Harvard. Undergraduates live in a unique residential college system. Yale's graduate schools include strong drama, music, architecture, and medical programs. The Yale Law School is the most selective in the United States, and has graduated U.S. presidents and Supreme Court justices. Overall, the University has more than 3,000 faculty members, among whom Sterling Professors are considered the highest rank.
Yale is one of the eight members of the Ivy League. The rivalry between Yale and Harvard is long and storied, by far the oldest in the Ivy League; from academics to rowing to college football, their historic competition is similar to that of Oxford and Cambridge.
Where the more subjective question of "prestige" is concerned, Yale also fares well. For example, in the faculty reputational surveys which form a key component of the college and university rankings published annually by US News & World Report, Yale consistently ranks in the top echelon (along with Princeton, Harvard, MIT, and Stanford).
* George Akerlof (B.A. 1962). Economics, 2001
* Raymond Davis (Ph.D. 1942). Physics, 2002.
* John F. Enders (B.A. ca. 1921). Physiology or Medicine, 1954.
* John Fenn (Ph.D. ca. 1940). Chemistry, 2002.
* Murray Gell-Mann (B.S. 1948). Physics, 1954.
* Alfred G. Gilman (B.S. 1962). Physiology or Medicine, 1994.
* Ernest Lawrence (Ph.D. 1925). Physics, 1939. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory & Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are named for him.
* Joshua Lederberg (Ph.D. 1948). Physiology or Medicine, 1958.
* David Lee (Ph.D. 1959). Physics, 1996.
* Sinclair Lewis (B.A. 1908). Literature, 1930.
* Lars Onsager (Ph.D. 1935). Chemistry, 1968.
* Dickinson Richards (B.A. 1917). Physiology or Medicine, 1956.
* William Vickrey (B.S. 1935). Economics, 1996.
* George Whipple (A.B. 1900). Physiology or Medicine, 1934.
* Eric Wieschaus (Ph.D.). Physiology or Medicine, 1995.
Technology & innovation
* Francis S. Collins (Ph.D.), director, Human Genome Project
* Lee De Forest (B.S. 1896, Ph.D. 1899), inventor of the triode
* Eric Fossum (Ph.D. 1984), inventor of CMOS image sensor
* W. Edwards Deming (Ph.D. 1928), "total quality management" (TQM) guru
* Irving Fisher (B.A. 1888, Ph.D. 1891), economist, "father of monetarism"
* J. Willard Gibbs (1858, Ph.D. 1863), mathematician, physical chemist, thermodynamicist, known for Gibb's Phenomenon
* Grace Hopper (Ph.D. 1934), inventor of COBOL programming language
* Art Laffer (B.A. 1963), economist, best known for the "Laffer Curve"
* Paul B. MacCready, "Engineer of the Century," won the Kremer prize for first human-powered flying machine (the Gossamer Condor); pioneer in solar-powered flight; founder of AeroVironment
* Saunders MacLane (B.A. 1930), mathematician, one of the founders of "category theory"
* Jordan Mechner (B.A. 1985), videogame developer, created Prince of Persia
* Samuel Morse (1810), telegraph pioneer, inventor of Morse code
* Harry Nyquist (Ph.D. 1917), engineer known for the Nyquist theorem
* John Ousterhout, creator of the Tcl programming language
* Ronald Rivest (B.S. 1969), computer scientist, the "R" in the RSA cryptography, 2002 Turing Award receipient
* George B. Selden, Awarded the first United States patent for an automobile in 1895
* Benjamin Spock (B.A. 1925), child psychology guru
* Eli Whitney (1792), inventor of the cotton gin
Founders, entrepreneurs, & CEOs
* Robert M. Bass (B.A. 1971), president, Keystone, Inc.
* Roland W. Betts, investor, film producer, owner of Chelsea Piers, lead owner in George W. Bush's Texas Rangers partnership
* Tim Collins (M.B.A.), founder and CEO, Ripplewood Holdings
* John Thomas Daniels, founder, Archer Daniels Midland
* Ted Forstmann, co-founder & senior partner of Forstmann Little & Company, member of the Forbes 400
* Robert Glaser (B.A., M.A.), founder & CEO, RealNetworks
* Bing Gordon, co-founder, executive vice-president, and chief creative officer of Electronic Arts
* Roberto Goizueta, former CEO, Coca-Cola (namesake of Emory University's business school)
* Briton Hadden, co-founder of TIME Magazine.
* Curtis Jensen (M.B.A.), co-chief investment officer, Third Avenue Funds
* Charles B. Johnson, chairman, Franklin Templeton Investments
* Ellis B. Jones (M.B.A.), CEO, Wasserstein & Co.
* Mitch Kapor, founder, Open Source Applications Foundation, investor (Kapor Enterprises), founder & former CEO, Lotus Software
* Herbert Kohler, chairman & president, Kohler Company
* Clarence King, founder of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
* Edward Lampert, founder & chairman, ESL Investments (hedge fund), bought Kmart, now acquiring Sears.
* Henry Luce (B.A. 1920), co-founder of TIME Magazine.
* John Franklyn Mars, CEO, Mars, Incorporated (as in Mars & M&M candy)
* Robert Moses, mid-20th-century New York City construction czar
* Indra Nooyi (M.B.A.), president and CFO, Pepsi
* Eric Ober (B.A.), president, CBS News, Food Network
* Gifford Pinchot, founder of the United States Forest Service
* Wilbur Ross, investor, steel magnate, member of the Forbess 400
* Stephen A. Schwarzman, co-founder & CEO of the Blackstone Group, member of the Forbes 400
* Robert Sargent Shriver III (Law), part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles
* Timothy Perry Shriver, CEO of the Special Olympics
* Frederick W. Smith, founder & CEO, FedEx
* Harold Stanley, founder, Morgan Stanley
* Richard Thalheimer, founder & CEO of The Sharper Image
* John Thornton (M.B.A.), former president and COO, Goldman Sachs
* Juan Trippe, founder & CEO, Pan Am
* Frederick E. Weyerhaeuser, founder, Weyerhaeuser
* Richard H. Brodhead, president of Duke University
* Gerhard Casper (L.L.M, 1962; Honorary doctorate, 2000), ninth president of Stanford University, former provost at the University of Chicago, member of the Yale Corporation
* Alan Dershowitz, law professor at Harvard University
* Jonathan Dickinson, founder of Princeton University
* Daniel Coit Gilman, first president of Johns Hopkins University
* William Rainey Harper, first president of the University of Chicago
* Yamakawa Kenjiro, founder of Kyushu Institute of Technology
* Lawrence Lessig (J.D. 1989), copyright activist, law professor at Stanford University
* Reinhold Niebuhr (DIV 1914), author, theologian
* Camille Paglia (Ph.D.), author of Sexual Personae
* Alvin Plantinga (Ph.D. 1958), Christian philosopher, professor at University of Notre Dame
* David Swensen (Ph.D.), Yale Endowment Manager and professor at the Yale School of Management (SOM)
* John Griggs Thompson (1955), mathematician, winner of the Fields Medal in 1970
* Andrew Dickson White, first president of Cornell University
* Yung Wing (1854), first Chinese person to receive an American college degree
Law & politics
Presidents & vice presidents
* George H. W. Bush (B.A. 1948), President of the United States (1989-1993), Vice President of the United States (1981-1989)
* George W. Bush (B.A. 1968), President of the United States (2001-present), former Governor of Texas
* Karl Carstens (L.L.M. 1949), Fifth President of Germany (1979-1984)
* John Calhoun (B.A. 1804), Seventh Vice President of the United States, for two different presidents, John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson; Senator; Member of the House of Representatives; Secretary of State in the Tyler presidential administration
* Richard B. Cheney*, Vice President of the United States (2001-present)
* William Jefferson Clinton (J.D.), President of the United States (1993-2001), former Governor of Arkansas
* Gerald Ford (J.D.), President of the United States (1974-1977), Vice President of the United States (1973-1974), member of the House of Representatives
* William Howard Taft (1878), President of the United States (1909-1913), Chief Justice of the United States (1921-1930)
Supreme Court justices
* Henry Baldwin (1797), Supreme Court justice (1830-1844)
* Davis J. Brewer (1856), Supreme Court justice (1889-1910)
* Henry B. Brown (1856), Supreme Court justice (1891-1906)
* David Davis (LAW 1835)
* Oliver Ellsworth (Class of 1766*), Supreme Court justice (1796-1800)
* Abe Fortas (J.D. 1933), Supreme Court justice (1965-1969)
* Sherman Minton (YLS one-year degree, 1917), Supreme Court justice (1949-1956)
* George Shiras, Jr. (1853), Supreme Court justice (1892-1903)
* Potter Stewart, Supreme Court justice (1958-1991)
* William Strong (1828, GRD 1831, briefly attended YLS), Supreme Court justice (1870-1880)
* William Howard Taft (1878), President of the United States (1909-1913), Chief Justice of the United States (1921-1930)
* Clarence Thomas (J.D. 1974), Supreme Court Justice (1991-present)
* Morrison R. Waite (1837), Chief Justice of the United States (1874-1888)
* William B. Woods (1845), Supreme Court justice (1881-1887)
* Byron White, Supreme Court Justice (1962-1993)
* Alva B. Adams (1896), U.S. senator (D-Colorado, 1923-24, 1932-1941)
* John Ashcroft, U.S. attorney general (2001-2005), U.S. senator (R-Missouri, 1993-2001), governor of Missouri (1985-1993)
* Roger Sherman Baldwin (B.A. 1811), governor of Connecticut (1844-46), U.S. senator (Whig-Connecticut, 1847-51)
* John Beall (B.A. 1950), U.S. senator (R-Maryland, 1971-1976)
* Hiram Bingham (1898), governor of Connecticut (1924), U.S. senator (R-Connecticut, 1924-1933)
* David Boren (B.A. 1963), governor of Oklahoma (1975-79), U.S. senator (R-Oklahoma, 1979-94), president of University of Oklahoma
* Prescott Bush (B.A. 1917), U.S. senator (R-Connecticut, 1953-1963)
* James L. Buckley (B.A. 1943, Law 1949), U.S. senator (C-New York, 1971-1977); president of Radio Free Europe, 1982-1985; federal judge for the United States Court of Appeals (District of Columbia Circuit) (1985-1996)
* John Chafee (B.A. 1947), governor of Rhode Island (1962-69), Secretary of the Navy (1969-72), U.S. senator (D-Rhode Island, 1976-99)
* John Clayton (1815), Secretary of State in the Taylor administration, U.S. senator (AJ-Delaware, 1829-1836; W-Delaware, 1845-1849; O-Delaware 1853-1856)
* Hillary Clinton (J.D. 1972), First Lady (1993-2001), U.S. senator (D-New York, 2001-present)
* LeBaron Colt (B.A. 1868), U.S. senator (R-Rhode Island, 1913-1924)
* David Daggett (1783), U.S. senator (F-Connecticut, 1813-19)
* David Davis (Law 1835), appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court by Lincoln (1862-1877); U.S. senator (I-Illinois, 1877-1883)
* Henry L. Dawes (1839), U.S. senator (R-Connecticut, 1875-93)
* John Danforth (J.D, DIV 1963), U.S senator (R-Missouri, 1976-95)
* Mark Dayton (B.A. 1969), U.S. senator (D-Minnesota, 2001-present)
* Fred Dubois (B.A. 1872), U.S. senator (R-Idaho,1891-1897; D-Idaho, 1901-1907)
* William M. Evarts (1837), Secretary of State under Hayes, U.S. senator (R-New York, 1885-91)
* Gary Hart (DIV 1961, LLB 1964), U.S. senator (D-Colorado, 1975-1987)
* John Heinz(B.A. 1960), U.S. senator (Pennsylvania)
* James Hillhouse (B.A. 1773), U.S. senator (F-Connecticut, 1796-1810 )
* James Jeffords (B.A. 1956), U.S. senator (I-Vermont, 1989-present)
* John Kerry (B.A. 1966), U.S. senator (D-Massachusetts, 1985-present)
* James Lanman (1788), U.S. senator
* Joseph Lieberman (B.A. 1964, J.D. 1967), U.S. senator (D-Connecticut, 1989-present)
* Bill Nelson (B.A. 1965), U.S. representative (D-Florida, 1979-91), astronaut (STS-61-C, 1986), U.S. senator (D-Florida, 2001-present)
* Francis Newlands (ca. 1859), U.S. senator (D-Nevada, 1903-17)
* William Proxmire (B.A. 1948), U.S. senator (D-Wisconsin, 1957-89)
* Robert Taft, Jr. (B.A. 1939), U.S. representative (R-Ohio, 1963-64, 1967-70), U.S. senator (R-Ohio, 1971-76),
* John V. Tunney (B.A. 1956), U.S. representative (D-California, 1965-1970), U.S. senator (D-California, 1971-1977)
* Frederic Walcott (1891), U.S. senator (R-Connecticut, 1929-35)
* John Wales (B.A. 1801), U.S. senator (W-Delaware, 1849-1851); co-founder of Delaware College
* Malcolm Wallop (B.A. 1954), U.S. senator (R-Wyoming, 1977-95)
* Pete Wilson (B.A. 1956), U.S. senator (R-California, 1983-1991), Governor of California 1991-1999
* Dean Acheson, (BA 1915) United States Secretary of State in the Truman presidential administration
* Cecilia Altonaga (J.D.), federal judge, first Cuban American woman to be appointed as a federal judge in the United States
* James Jesus Angleton, (B.A. 1941), chief of CIA Counterintelligence Staff (1954-1974)
* Les Aspin, Secretary of Defense, U.S. Congressman
* David Boies, famous lawyer (Microsoft antitrust, Bush v. Gore, Napster v. RIAA)
* L. Paul Bremer, ambassador
* William F. Buckley, political pundit
* McGeorge Bundy, former Cabinet official
* Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown, Jr. (J.D. 1964), Mayor of Oakland, California (1999-present), Governor of California (1975-1983)
* Sir Daryl Dawson, former justice of the High Court of Australia
* Howard Dean, Governor of Vermont (1991-2003)
* David Dellinger Activist
* William H. Donaldson, Chairman of the S.E.C. (2003-present), co-founder of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette
* Jeremiah Evarts, author, editor, activist, opponent of the Indian Removal Act of 1830
* David Gergen, political pundit, worked as an advisor for the Republican and Democratic Presidential administrations of Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton
* Porter Goss (B.A. 1960), CIA director (2004-present), Florida congressman
* Stephen Hadley, (J.D. 1972), National Security Adviser
* Nathan Hale, patriot & martyr, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."
* Tony Knowles, Governor of Alaska (1994-2002)
* Paul Krugman, respected economist, Princeton University professor, New York Times columnist
* William Kunstler Civil liberties lawyer
* Gary Locke, Governor of Washington (1997-2005)
* William McChesney Martin, Jr. (B.A. ca. 1926), the ninth and longest-serving chairman of theU.S. Federal Reserve
* Edwin Meese, former United States Attorney General
* Geraldo Brindeiro, Attorney General of Brazil (1995-2003)
* John Negroponte (B.A. 1960), first U.S. Director of National Intelligence (2005-present), first ambassador to post-Saddam Iraq (2004-2005)
* Eleanor Holmes Norton (M.A. 1963, L.L.B 1964), non-voting congressional delegate for District of Columbia (1991-present)
* Marvin Olasky (B.A. 1971), conservative pundit
* George Pataki, Governor of New York (1995-present)
* Clark T. Randt, Jr., U.S. ambassador to China (2001-present)
* Sargent Shriver, main organizer and first director of the Peace Corps. Husband of Eunice Kennedy, and father of Maria Shriver (news journalist and wife of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger).
* Henry L. Stimson, (B.A. 1888), United States Secretary of State in the Hoover presidential administration
* Alphonso Taft, (B.A. 1933, Law) Attorney General and Secretary of War in the Ulysses S. Grant presidential administration.
* Robert Taft, Governor of Ohio (1999-present)
* Cyrus Vance, (B.A. 1939, Law 1942) United States Secretary of State in the Carter presidential administration
* Pete Wilson, Governor of California (1991-1999)
* Ernesto Zedillo, President of Mexico (1994-2000)
History, literature, art & music
* Stephen Vincent Benét, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
* Hiram Bingham III (1898), rediscovered Machu Picchu, Peru
* Harold Bloom, American literary critic
* James Fenimore Cooper, author of The Last of the Mohicans
* Brendan Gill, architecture writer
* Briton Hadden, co-founder of Time magazine
* Charles Ives (1898), composer, classical music.
* John Knowles, author of A Separate Peace
* Larry Kramer, Playwright and gay activist
* Maya Lin (B.A. 1981, M.Arch 1986, honorary Ph.D 1987), architect, best known for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
* Henry R. Luce, co-founder of TIME magazine
* David McCullough, famous historian, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, best known for his books on American Presidents Harry S. Truman and John Adams.
* Camille Paglia (Ph.D. 1974), cultural critic and feminist scholar
* Cole Porter, composer
* Samantha Power (B.A. 1992), winner of the Pulitzer Prize for the book A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide
* Mark Rothko* (enrolled 1921-23), painter
* Eero Saarinen (B.Arch, 1934), architect
* Robert A. M. Stern, architect, current dean of Yale School of Architecture
* Sergio Troncoso, author of The Nature of Truth, a novel about righteousness and evil, Yale and the Holocaust.
* Garry Trudeau, Doonesbury cartoonist
* Noah Webster, author of the dictionary of the English language
* Thornton Wilder, playwright, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for the play Our Town
* Naomi Wolf, feminist writer
* Tom Wolfe (PhD), journalist, author of The Right Stuff and The Bonfire of the Vanities
* Bob Woodward, journalist and co-author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book All the President's Men
* Maury Yeston, lyricist, composer, Tony Award for Titanic
* Walter Camp (B.A. 1880), the "Father of American Football"
* Ron Darling Mets pitcher
* Theo Epstein (B.A. 1995), became Red Sox general manager at age 28, youngest in Major League Baseball history
* Chris Hetherington (B.A. 1996), National Football League running back
* Sarah Hughes (Class of 2008), gold medalist in 2002 Olympic figure skating
* Sada Jacobson (Class of 2006), bronze medalist in 2004 Olympic women's saber
* Eric Johnson (B.A. 2001), National Football League wide receiver
* Nate Lawrie (B.A. 2004), National Football League tight end
* Frank Shorter (B.A. 1969) gold medal (1972) and silver medal (1976), Olympic Marathon
* Angela Bassett, actress
* Jennifer Beals, actress, best known for Flashdance
* Henry Bean, screenwriter/director The Believer
* Jordana Brewster, actress, plays Mia in The Fast and the Furious
* Bruce Cohen, film producer, won an Academy Award for American Beauty
* Michael Cimino, Academy Award-winning director
* Jennifer Connelly*, Academy Award-winning actress
* Claire Danes (B.A. 2002), actress
* Jodie Foster (B.A. in literature, magna cum laude), Academy Award-winning actress and director
* Paul Giamatti (MFA, 1989), actor. Starred in Academy Award nominated "Sideways".
* David Alan Grier, actor, comedian
* Kathryn Hahn, actress
* George Roy Hill, Academy Award-winning director
* Holly Hunter, Academy Award-winning actress
* Elia Kazan*, Academy Award-winning director
* Phil LaMarr (B.A. 1989), actor, comedian.
* Ron Livingston, actor. Best known for Office Space
* Frances McDormand (MFA), actress
* Paul Newman, Academy Award-winning actor
* Edward Norton (B.A. 1991), actor
* Bronson Pinchot (B.A. 1981), actor
* Vincent Price, actor
* Gene Siskel (B.A. 1967), movie critic
* Todd Solondz, director Welcome to the Dollhouse & Happiness
* Oliver Stone*, Academy Award-winning director
* Meryl Streep (MFA), Academy Award-winning actress
* John Turturro (MFA), actor
* Sam Waterston, actor
* Sigourney Weaver (MFA), actress
* Jennifer Westfeldt, actress, screenwriter (Kissing Jessica Stein)
* Lewis Black (MFA 1977) stand-up comedian who often appears on The Daily Show
* Jimmy Burrows (M.A.), producer of shows such as: Cheers and Will and Grace
* Dick Cavett, TV personality, nominated eleven times for the Emmy Award, and won three times.
* Enrico Colantoni (MFA), actor, played womanizing fashion photographer "Elliot DiMauro" on Just Shoot Me and "Mathesar" in the movie Galaxy Quest
* Anderson Cooper, CNN anchor of Anderson Cooper 360°
* Bill Corbett (DRA 1989), actor, writer, played Crow T. Robot in Mystery Science Theater 3000
* David Duchovny (M.A. English literature), actor in The X-Files
* Dick Ebersol, president of NBC Sports division, helped launch Saturday Night Live
* Sara Gilbert, actress, best known for her portrayal as the daughter "Darlene Conner" on the sit-com Roseanne
* Michael Gross (DRA 1973), actor, best known as "Steven Keaton" (the father of Michael J. Fox's character) on Family Ties
* Leo Laporte*, host of The Screen Savers on TechTV
* Ari Meyers (BA 1991), actress, played Emma McArdle on Kate & Allie
* Chris Noth (MFA), plays "Mr. Big" on Sex and the City
* Stone Phillips, television anchor for NBC
* Robert Picardo, the holographic doctor on the television show Star Trek: Voyager
* David Hyde Pierce, actor, best known as "Dr. Niles Crane" on Frasier
* Steve Skrovan, executive producer of Everybody Loves Raymond
* Ben Stein (J.D.), economist, host of Win Ben Stein's Money
* Ming Tsai (B.A. 1986), chef on East Meets West with Ming Tsai on PBS
* Margaret Warner, co-anchor on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, PBS' weekday news program
* Henry Winkler (MFA 1970), actor, best known as "Fonzie" on Happy Days
* "Charles Montgomery Burns", Class of 1914, the owner of the Springfield Nuclear Powerplant in the hit cartoon television series The Simpsons
* "Linus Larrabee", protagonist in the movie Sabrina, played by Humphrey Bogart in 1954 and Harrison Ford in 1995.
* "Dink Stover", hero of Owen Johnson's 1911 Stover at Yale
* "Rory Gilmore", main character of Gilmore Girls
* "Tom Buchanan", antagonist of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby
* "Nick Carraway", narrator of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby
* "Dr. Niles Crane", Frasier's brother in the award winning comedy series Frasier. The actor who plays him, David Hyde Pierce is a real life alumnus.
(* attended but did not graduate from Yale)
Doesn't quite seem like a list of people who were coddled...