Bring more life into your years.

“Learning in Later Life is a wonderful program for those who are curious and would like to expand their knowledge on a variety of subjects while hopefully keeping their brain in good working order. Greater Springfield provides a very rich source of talented instructors who make this program possible. It is gratifying that many return to expand on their field of expertise.

“Springfield College provides a great many opportunities for those looking for additional challenges, or just some great entertainment. There is the Fuller Performing Arts Center, You are likely to find several Learning in Later Life students in Cheney Dining Hall. The food is very good, and it is a great place to spend time with the friends you’ve made.”

- Learning in Later Life participant

Reawaken your passion for learning.

Established in 1989, Learning in Later Life offers spring and fall semester courses in current affairs, film, books, and a variety of other subjects of interest. The program offers social events to encourage an atmosphere of camaraderie and companionship, while learning about topics of relevance for those who are 55 and older. With no grades or homework assignments, members can focus on what’s important: learning. The tuition fee covers all courses for one semester, and members may register for as many offerings as they wish. Additional fees may be charged for field trips or special activities.

Join old friends and meet new ones.

Each semester begins with a Kickoff Kaffee-Klatsch. A Kaffee-Klatsch is an informal social gathering for coffee and conversation. Join old friends and meet new Learning in Later Life members over a continental breakfast, and receive course updates and other fun materials during this open-house style registration event. Staff will be available to assist with course enrollment and to answer questions.

Great teachers teach great ideas.

Classes are taught by volunteers, including Springfield College faculty, retired faculty, peers, and community members who have a passion for a topic and a willingnessto connect with others. Suggestions for course topics and volunteer presenters are always welcome.

Examples of past courses include: The World of Opera; Journey to China, Observations & Impressions; Talking Books; Hot Topics in Health Care; and Fall Foliage in Mitteneague Park.

Enjoy the benefits of membership.

The Institute for Learning in Later Life offers two affordable levels of membership and benefits to people aged 55 and older: individual and couple.

  • Enrollment in all Learning in Later Life courses
  • (Please note, courses fill quickly; registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis.)
  • Priority registration for all Learning in Later Life trips
  • Access to Babson Library with lending privileges
  • Admission to competitive athletic events (except championship games), William Simpson
  • Fine Arts Series events, and other campus events at no charge or at reduced rates

Join the "in" crowd.

Online registration

For questions regarding registration or course specifics, contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at (413) 748-5287, or at

Course enrollments vary based on instructor preference and classroom size, therefore we reserve the right to cancel or limit registrations. Course locations will be noted on registration materials and include Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing, East Campus, 807 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, Mass.

Springfield College and Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing are thankful for their partnership, founded on a common ideal of offering engaging, relevant, and fun programming, which allows each to fulfill their respective mission.