Alumni Association Overview
From a quiet gathering of alumni in a vacant Old Main classroom in 1870 to a powerful network of more than 176,000 members worldwide, the Penn State Alumni Association has been keeping alumni connected to the University and to each other for more than a century. It is the largest dues-paying organization of its kind in the world. Alumni Association members live in every county in Pennsylvania, every state in the United States, and in numerous countries around the world.
Total Penn State Alumni: more than 658,000*
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.
Today, that mission is brought to life through events and programs such as:
- City Lights;
- pep rallies;
- Huddle with the Faculty;
- Alumni Reunion Weekend;
- Homecoming events, and so much more.
The mission is also embodied in the Alumni Association's commitment to recognize outstanding alumni and alumni volunteers through its award programs.
Strategic Plan 2013-2015
The Alumni Association's two-year, seven-point Strategic Plan provides a roadmap for the future focused on enhanced membership service, organizational growth, crisis impact management, strengthened alumni engagement, relationship development with key constituencies, and financial security. Click here to see the complete Strategic Plan 2013-15.
This annual resource guide provides a detailed overview of the Penn State Alumni Association’s mission, bylaws, history, governance, policies, publications, unit descriptions, statistics, and other reference information. Click here to see this year's edition.
* An annual snapshot of number of members and total Penn State alumni is taken each year on July 1.