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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 645,000. 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: 177,307*

Total Penn State Alumni: more than 645,000*

Leadership: Executive Director (Open position); 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

Alumni Center exhibits spotlight university heritage
Blue & White Society Celebrating 20 Years of student membership, pride and tradition
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Penn State Alumni Association membership grows to 177,307
Join us for Arts Festival Alumni Weekend
Vance to receive Friend of Penn State award
Alumni Council appointees named for 2015–18
5 named honorary alumni
Ten elected to serve on Alumni Association's governing board
Inaugural Homecoming Alumni Court open for applications
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* An annual snapshot of number of members and total Penn State alumni is taken each year on July 1.