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Alumni Association Overview

From a quiet gathering of alumni in a vacant Old Main classroom in 1870 to a powerful network of more than 177,000 members worldwide, the Penn State Alumni Association has been keeping alumni connected to the University and to each other for more than a century.

While the Alumni Association's roots lie in Happy Valley, its branches extend across the globe. Alumni Association members live in every county in Pennsylvania, every state in the United States, and in numerous countries around the world. For the past 10 years, proud Penn State alumni have made their association the largest dues-paying organization of its kind in the world.

Fast Facts

Founded: 1870

Members: 177,307*

Total Penn State Alumni: more than 645,000*

Leadership: Executive Director (Open position); President Kevin Steele '92g

Alumni Maps

Historic Milestones


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 educational and cultural programs in five major East Coast cities;
  • pep rallies at all away football games;
  • Huddle with the Faculty lectures before all home football games;
  • reunion weekends;
  • 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.

Research and Reports

Alumni Opinion Survey Results **

The Penn State Alumni Association routinely conducts research of our alumni and members on a variety of issues to help improve our programs and services and inform decision-making.

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.

Strategic Plan 2008–2013

On June 30, 2013, the Alumni Association completed its five-year, 11-point Strategic Plan focused on enhanced member service, organizational growth, student engagement, staff development, and financial security. Click here to see the complete Strategic Plan 2008-13.

* An annual snapshot of number of members and total Penn State alumni is taken each year on July 1.

**The Penn State Alumni Association follows market research standards on confidentiality and reporting. As such, all individual responses to our surveys are kept confidential and anonymous. Alumni and members are under no obligation to participate in any research undertaken. Candid feedback is encouraged, valued and important to our continued growth.

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