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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 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
FastStart provides guidance to first-year students
Baseball team connects with 'Penn State family' through alumni chapters
Steven B. Wagman Named Next Alumni Association Vice President
Alumni Association Response to April 14 Lawsuit
Alumna Takes Passion for Cancer Research Fundraising to West Coast
Former Penn State Sweet 16 Letterman Authors Book, Entertains Crowd
Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run Creating Awareness
Capital Day to Promote Change March 31
Montminy Delivers ‘Win-Win’ During Penns Valley Day
Alumni Association honors 12 with Alumni Achievement Award
President Barron creating conversations with talk show
Pegula Ice Arena: The team behind the team
For engineer, Penn State was another big ship
Lion Surplus plays key role in Penn State's sustainability mission
Pink Zone support groups personify event’s impact
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* An annual snapshot of number of members and total Penn State alumni is taken each year on July 1.