- William H. Avery, Governor, State of Kansas in the 1960s.
- Brian Barker, Judge and
Queen's Counsel in England
- Etta Moten Barnett, Actress and singer
- Linda Z. Cook, CEO of Shell Gas and Power, part of Royal Dutch/Shell, named the 11th most powerful businesswoman in the
world by Fortune magazine in 2002.
- Richard Davis, Chairman and Founder of K.C. Masterpiece Barbecue
- Bob Dole, US Senator from Kansas and Republican nominee for President in the
1996 election. Attended KU from 1941-1943. World War II Hero.
- Bob Dotson, NBC TV features
- Robert Eaton, Former Chrysler CEO
- Joe Engle, (Colonel, USAF, Ret.) NASA Astronaut
- Kevin Helliker, 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner for explanatory
journalism and Chicago bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal
- William Inge, Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award winning
- Don Johnson, Actor, Attended KU from 1968-1970
- Nancy Kassebaum Baker, US Senator from Kansas
- Robert Kleist, CEO and
Founder of a global company, Printronix that has developed printers that offer languages to support its worldwide user base.
- Neil LaBute, Film director, screenwriter and playwright
- Billy Mills, First American to win Gold medal in the 10,000 m run at the
1964 Tokyo Olympic Games
- Sara Paretsky, Writer
- Paul Rudd, Actor
- Jim Ryun, US athlete and politician
- Gale Sayers, NFL Hall of Famer 1977
- Vernon L. Smith, Winner of Nobel Prize for Economics, 2002
- William Stafford, Poet and pacifist
- Dee Wallace Stone, Actress
- Clyde Tombaugh, Astronomer, Discoverer of Planet Pluto
- Danny Manning, Basketball player and coach