The colleges with the most astronaut alumni

From the classroom to outer space

The women and men in space all got their start in Earth-bound colleges and universities—many by pursuing degrees in aerospace engineering. 

This month marked 47 years since the first moon landing. To celebrate, U.S. News & World Report looked at which colleges and universities have produced the most astronauts, in terms of bachelor's and graduate degrees.  

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The top 12 are:

  • United States Naval Academy: 52 astronaut alumni
  • United States Air Force Academy: 36 astronaut alumni
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology: 34 astronaut alumni
  • Naval Postgraduate School: 32 astronaut alumni
  • Stanford University: 21 astronaut alumni
  • Purdue University-West Lafayette: 20 astronaut alumni
  • United States Military Academy: 18 astronaut alumni
  • University of Colorado-Boulder: 14 astronaut alumni
  • Georgia Institute of Technology: 14 astronaut alumni
  • University of Texas at Austin: 12 astronaut alumni
  • University of Washington: 12 astronaut alumni
  • Air Force Institute of Technology: 12 astronaut alumni

(Somers, U.S. News & World Report, 7/20). 

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