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September 2011


Dear Abbot Pennings,

What state has the highest population of SNC alumni, other than Wisconsin?

Nick Fry ’08


My dear Nick,

Thank you for your most interesting inquiry. I’m told that the office of alumni and parent relations often receives questions on the regional whereabouts of our beloved institution’s former students. As such, your question is one that many of my readers likely have asked themselves.

Records indicate that 17,095 St. Norbert alumni reside within the U.S. It is indeed a safe assumption that Wisconsin has the highest population of alumni at 9,645. Illinois and Minnesota follow with 3,370 and 665 alumni, respectively. Next come Michigan, California, Florida and Colorado, each with alumni populations in the range of 200 to 300.

As I address your question, I find myself inclined to mention that numerous alumni also live outside the U.S. – 187, to be exact. Among other nations with resident St. Norbert alumni, Canada tops the list with 59, and Japan is not far behind with 32. Germany is home to 10 alumni and Australia to nine.

Responses to “Ask the Abbot” questions are penned by St. Norbert College staff in the name of Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., who founded St. Norbert College in 1898.

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