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More than 700,000 degrees have been awarded in Penn State’s storied history. From the first 12 in 1861 to the more than 18,000 a year today, the Penn State Family continues to grow and expand, with the current number of living alumni pegged at more than 658,000. These Penn Staters can be found in all 50 U.S. states and more than 160 countries in the world—and the Penn State Alumni Association connects them all through a broad array of programs, events, services, and activities. 

Fast Facts

Founded: 1870

Members: 176,427*

Total Penn State Alumni: more than 658,000*

Leadership: CEO Paul J. Clifford; President Kevin Steele '92g

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The mission of the Alumni Association is to connect alumni to the University and to each other, to provide valued services to members, and to support the University’s mission of teaching, research, and service.

Media and Public Relations Contacts

Amy Caputo, Director of Strategic Communications
Diane Espy, Associate Director of Strategic Communications

Current News

State Sen. Judith Schwank to receive Friend of Penn State Legislative Award
10 elected to serve on Alumni Council
Alumni Association intern and newly minted alumna reflects on Penn State career
Alumni Association guest column: On being seen and heard
Alumni Association group boosts 'miracle' recovery following accident
Alumni Association's Alumni Council voting open May 8–31
Alumni Association support helps propel Match Day forward
Alumni Achievement Award honorees boast early returns
Alumni Association intern by week, THON 2017 dancer by weekend
Alumni Association THON 2017 notebook: What you need to know
Alumni Association seeks Rose Bowl memories
Alumni Association pledges $1.5 million in scholarship support to Penn State students
Penn State Rose Bowl Pep Rally details set for Jan. 1 in Los Angeles
Alumni Association member benefit: Alumni Library offers premium databases
Cepeda donates $25,000 to endow Penn State Alumni Association career mentoring and support programs, individuals
Brokloff donates $30,000 to endow Alumni Association affiliate groups that pursue innovation, creativity
Alumni Association reports on progress, unveils roadmap for the future
Blue & White Society, Lion Ambassadors keep tradition and spirit alive at Penn State
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* An annual snapshot of number of members and total Penn State alumni is taken each year on July 1.