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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 631,000. 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: 174,379*

Total Penn State Alumni: more than 631,000*


  • Executive Director Roger L. Williams '73, '75g, '88g
  • President Kay Frantz Salvino '69

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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
Jill Gomez, Associate Director of Strategic Communications

Current News

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Black still keeping alumni, fans connected to Penn State through The Football Letter
There’s reasoning and a strong purpose behind John Black's method for writing The Football Letter, the Penn State Alumni Association’s weekly report on the football team; Black will begin his 40th season next year — he took the helm after founder Ridge Riley, a 1932 Penn State graduate, who wrote The Football Letter from 1938-75.
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Stengels Make $1 million gift to endow Penn State Alumni Association volunteer leadership programs
Alum Keegan-Michael Key discusses career, comedy and handling fame
Penn State’s History of Dairy Research Plays Critical Role
Lion Ambassadors to showcase the Palmer Museum of Art on Oct. 15
Sue Paterno to speak at Guard the Lion Shrine
2014 Homecoming schedule of events announced
Alumni Zone to feature HGTV star, Penn State coaches
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* An annual snapshot of number of members and total Penn State alumni is taken each year on July 1.