Alumni Benefits

As a graduate, you are automatically a member of the William Paterson University Alumni Community and are entitled to the following benefits, services, and discounts:

    • Alumni Card »  

      Please email the Office of Alumni Relations at for your official WP Alumni ID Card.

    • Alumni Events »  

      The WP Alumni Association sponsors special events including receptions, trips, sporting events, webinars, and networking events throughout the year. To receive notice of these events, please make sure your contact information, including email, is up-to-date.

    • Athletic Events and Facilities »

      William Paterson invites you to show school spirit by attending athletic events. Can't get to the game, need a schedule, or other information? Follow the Pioneer athletic teams online at

      Policy for Alumni Usage of Sports and Recreation Center, As of 11/28/23

      Alumni use of the WP Sports and Recreation Center is available with the purchase of a membership.

      1. Membership requires an Alumni ID Card. If you do not already have your card, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at to receive your official Alumni ID card.
      2. Bring your Alumni ID card along with your driver’s license or official identification document to the WP Sports and Recreation Center during normal business hours to complete an application and pay the membership fee.

      *Due to the timing of fall 23 semester end, the purchase of the mid-year membership will include this month of December free. Payments will be processed on the following Thursdays November 30, December 7, 14, and 21 at the Sports and Recreation Center between 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

      Membership Information and Guidelines:

      • Fees:

      Annual July 1-June 30                $350

      Mid-year January 1- June 30    $190


      • Access will only be granted by showing your Alumni ID and official photo identification at the front desk
      • Access for alumni will be for the WP Sports and Recreation Center only. The Overlook Fitness Center and Pool are not included in alumni membership, as they are designated for students only.
      • Alumni access is limited to general operating hours. Please visit (click Recreation tab) to view the operating hours.
      • Alumni access is for the facilities but does not include participation in student programming and events within the space
      • Alumni will not have access to spaces closed for practices and events
      • All lockers are day use-only, for both students and alumni

    • Bookstore Discount »  

      All WP alumni receive a 10% discount at the WP bookstore (with your WP alumni ID) - all year-round!

    • Catholic Campus Ministry »

      The Catholic Campus Ministry Center welcomes all alumni. It offers worship services and social, self-awareness, and spiritual programs for everyone. Adjacent to campus, the Center maintains strong ties to the University community. Contact them at

    • Cultural Activities »

      William Paterson has been a focus of the cultural scene in northern New Jersey for decades. The Distinguished Lecturer Series, Jazz Room Series, WP Presents! series, theater productions, Music Department concerts, art exhibits, and lectures are available to alumni. Discounts are offered for alumni. For additional information, call the Shea Center Box Office at 973.720.2371 or the University Galleries at 973.720.2654, or visit

    • David and Lorraine Cheng Library »

      William Paterson's library provides a full range of services seven days a week and is open on weekdays until 11:45 p.m. Your alumni ID card will serve as your library card. The library houses more than 350,000 volumes, 1,700 periodical subscriptions, a growing collection of Web-accessible journals and books, and more than 80 electronic databases, many of which feature full-text articles and other documents. An extensive collection of films, videos, audiotapes, and CDs complement the print and electronic resources. An Electronic Resource Center provides access to a variety of computer software, the Internet, and online library resources. There is also the NEW Alumni Resources Libguide. Call the Library at 973.720.2542 for information.

    • Graduate Programs and Continuing Education »

      William Paterson University offers over 60 master’s programs, 35 certificate programs both traditional face-to-face and WP Online 100% online programs and 3 doctoral programs. Visit the website to get in-depth information about the programs, or call the Office of Graduate Admissions at 973.720.3641. In addition, continuing education is available through the university's School of Continuing and Professional Education.

    • Machuga Student Center and University Commons »

      The University Commons, which includes the Machuga Student Center, is the heart of the campus, both geographically and socially. The main location for daily and special events, it offers a full range of services including the Paterson Food Court, Starbucks, the WP Campus Store and Marketplace, and Wayne Dining Hall. For information, call 973.720.2292.

    • Parking Privileges »

      Alumni are always welcome to park in the Visitor’s Lot or Pioneer Parking Garage. Graduates attending class should register their vehicle through the Campus Police website.

    • Virtual Alumni Book Club »  

      Join the William Paterson University Alumni Book Club! Learn more here. In this online community, alumni can connect with each other and enjoy books related to lifelong learning, social issues, literature, psychology, and more. Joining the book club is complimentary—you just have to get a copy of the book to enjoy.

    • Volunteerism »

      William Paterson alumni play an important role in the life of the University. There are many ways to get involved that include joining our Young Alumni Council, serving as a member of our Alumni Executive Council, or presenting a webinar. Contact us at 973.720.2175 or if you are interested in getting involved.

    • Webinars »

      William Paterson offers a series of free webinars for all alumni, students, faculty and staff on a variety of topics. Visit our YouTube channel for archived webinars!

    • WP Magazine »

      WP, The Magazine of William Paterson University, is published twice yearly in the spring/summer and fall/winter. We welcome your letters and ideas for future articles. Feel free to drop us a note by e-mail at

    All WP alumni are also eligible for group discounts for auto and home insurance through Liberty Mutual. For information, visit

    WP has also partnered with Meyer and Associates to offer a number of other types of discounted insurance programs for all alumni including life, long-term care and disability, travel, pet, and identity theft. Information is available here.