Penn State Alumni Association named most influential
Which school offers graduates the most powerful alumni advocacy? According to one college news publication, it's Penn State.
Here in Happy Valley, we don't need to be told about the absolute embarrassment of riches we enjoy: Whether it's the world-class University, one of the country's greatest college town atmospheres, beautiful scenery and great outdoors options, excellent schools, safe communities, or a relaxing, affordable quality of life, if you're here, you already know. That said, it's always nice to be recognized, and the latest of many laurels bestowed upon Penn State and State College comes from TheBestSchools.org, which awarded the Penn State Alumni Association the top spot on its list of "Influential Alumni Associations."
Here's what they had to say about #1 Penn State...
Founded in 1870, Penn State University’s alumni association is the cream of the crop. Its numbers alone are impressive—with 673,845 total alumni. At Penn State, one out of every eight Penn State students belongs to the Blue & White Society, the alumni association’s student membership group.
The Lions are committed to helping young and old alums alike blaze a career path, working towards career advancement, or career change. They host numerous networking events (even one pegged specifically for introverts)!
Alumni get the chance to participate in some incredible mentoring opportunities. FastStart is a program that guides students from African American, Latino, Asian, and Asian/Pacific American backgrounds as they embark on their college career. The valuable relationships formed with these students help to ensure that they get the right start and can receive guidance during their first crucial year of college, when they need it most.
Members of the alumni association may also partake of a long list of perks, including priority access to many Penn State events, discounts on Penn State merchandise, travel, and insurance.
While Penn State leads the pack, its conference bretheren aren't far behind. The ranked list of 15 total schools includes 7.5 Big Ten institutions, including Penn State: #2 Indiana, #3 Michigan, #5 Ohio State, #7 Rutgers, #9 Purdue, #12 Wisconsin, and #13 Illinois. No other conference was represented by more than two entrants (both the SEC and PAC-12 had two member schools make the list).
As the list entry notes, members of the Penn State Alumni Association, the largest dues-paying organization of its kind, enjoy a variety of perks and benefits, among them a subscription to the beloved and award-winning alumni magazine, The Penn Stater, and one of Old State's longest-running football traditions, The Football Letter, a weekly recap of each contest whose authorship has changed hands among only a very select group of devoted Penn Staters over its lengthy history.
The college experience and quality education are both excellent reasons to choose Penn State, but the tremendous lifelong value of the University's alumni network, and the strong kinship shared within the Penn State community, should not be overlooked. Nittany Lions stick together, and being able to call yourself a Penn Stater is a distinction that pays dividends for a lifetime. So while it's nice to be recognized, it is also no surprise when Penn State earns credit for the power and influence of its close-knit community of students, alumni, and supporters.