The Purdue Alumni Association exists to improve our members’ personal, professional, and intellectual well-being.

Our focus is to:

  • connect alumni to Purdue programs, services, and events.
  • connect alumni to each other through clubs, networks, and events around the world.
  • provide opportunities for professional development through skills training, online courses, and degree programs.
  • create opportunities through 1:1 career development coaching, resume review, and job-seeking skills training.
  • create opportunities for personal development by sharing research focused on all aspects of wellness.

We believe alumni are a force for action, growth, and well-being for Purdue, for careers, for lives, and for the world.

Purdue Alumni Association History

  • 1878 – J. B. Harper founds “The General Alumni Association” so graduates can stay in touch. Harper serves as the first president.
  • 1890 – Purdue alumni clubs are founded in Chicago and Indianapolis to help keep Purdue connections strong with alumni away from campus.
  • 1912 – The Purdue Bulletin, the first publication for alumni, becomes the Purdue Alumnus.
  • 1912 – Purdue alumni are active in fundraising campaigns to build Purdue Memorial Union. It was dedicated in 1924.
  • 1927 – A state statute is officially enacted that added three alumni-elected trustees to the Purdue University Board of Trustees. George Ade ‘87 had been the sole alumni trustee role since 1909.
  • 1953 – R.J. Rudolph becomes the first Executive Director of the Purdue Alumni Association.
  • 1958 – Purdue’s athletic booster group, the John Purdue Club, is founded thanks to the involvement of the Purdue Alumni Association.
  • 1964 – The Purdue Alumni Association hosts their first international tour, traveling with a group of alumni to Europe.
  • 2004 – The Alumni Association moves to the Dick and Sandy Dauch Alumni Center on the south side of campus.
  • 2005 – PASE (Purdue Alumni Student Experience) is launched. It quickly becomes the largest student group on the West Lafayette campus.
  • 2018 – Membership tiers are introduced, allowing members to choose the services and activities they value.

Purdue Alumni is an independently financed, nonprofit alumni organization. Through the support of dues-paying members worldwide, we offer our services to all alumni, as well as funding for programs, services, and scholarships offered by the alumni association and alumni clubs and groups.


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