Learning is continuous and lifelong.

Learning in Later Life is a wonderful Springfield College program for adults over 55 years of age who continue to be fascinated by learning and who would like to expand their knowledge on a variety of subjects. Springfield College and the greater Springfield area provide a rich source of talented people who volunteer as instructors to make this program possible.

Springfield College provides a great many opportunities for those looking for intellectual challenges or just some great entertainment from competitive athletic events, the William Simpson Fine Arts Series, and the Fuller Performing Arts Center.

Pursue your desire for information and knowledge.

Now celebrating its 30th year, Springfield College established Learning in Later Life in 1989. Fall and spring semesters include topics in current affairs, film, books, and a variety of other subjects of interest. With no grades or real homework assignments, members can focus on what is of interest to them. The $65 membership fee covers all regular class sessions for one semester. Members may register for as many offerings as they wish. Additional fees are charged for field trips or special activities.

Join old friends and meet new ones.

Each semester begins with a kickoff social and registration, 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 materials during this open house-style 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 willingness to connect with others. Click on the current brochure below to see for yourself the types of classes that are offered. 

Enjoy the benefits of membership.

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

Join us!

For questions regarding registration or course specifics, contact the Institute of Learning in Later Life at (413) 748-3985, or email at pcspdevents@springfield.edu.

Current Brochure

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.