Penn State Alumni Association membership grows by 2.1 percent to 172,732

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As of the close of the fiscal year on June 30, the Penn State Alumni Association’s annual snapshot of membership numbers showed a 2.1 percent growth, increasing to 172,732.

“We are truly grateful to our loyal and passionate members, who continue to stay with us and value our communications, programs, events, philanthropic efforts and outreach initiatives,” said Executive Director Roger L. Williams. “That an increase of this magnitude occurred during an unprecedented year of extreme challenges for our Penn State community is a testament to the enduring loyalty of our alumni.”

The Alumni Association increased membership from 169,209 to 172,732 members, a net growth of 3,523 members or 2.1 percent. Coupled with last year’s increase of more than 4,000, membership has grown more than 7,500 during the last two years, or 4.6 percent.

Of the total membership, 106,383 are life members, up from 102,928 last fiscal year, and 10,941 are members of the Blue & White Society, the student contingent of the Alumni Association. Life members now compose 62 percent of total membership, while annual members account for 38 percent.
There are more than 616,000 living Penn State alumni. The number of “active, addressable” alumni (all alumni for whom some contact information is available) for the year ending June 30, 2013, is 582,437. While Penn Staters live and work all over the globe, more than 40 percent of them live in five metropolitan areas: Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Harrisburg, Pa.; New York City; and Washington, D.C.

Established in 1870, the Penn State Alumni Association strives to connect alumni to the University and to each other, provide valuable benefits to members and support the University’s mission of teaching, research and service. More information about the Alumni Association and membership is available at

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Last Updated July 01, 2013