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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 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.

Fast Facts

Founded: 1870

Members: 176,427*

Total Penn State Alumni: more than 658,000*

Leadership: Chief Executive Officer Paul J. Clifford; President Kevin Steele '92g

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Historic Milestones

Research and Reports


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:

The mission is also embodied in the Alumni Association's commitment to recognize outstanding alumni and alumni volunteers through its award programs.

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

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