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 while keeping their brains stimulated. Springfield College and the greater Springfield area provides a rich source of talented people who volunteer as instructors which makes 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, “You are likely to find several Learning in Later Life students in the 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

Pursue your desire for information and knowledge.

Established in 1989, Learning in Later Life offers spring and fall semester sessions  in current affairs, film, books, and a variety of other subjects of interest. With no grades or homework assignments, members can focus on what is of interest to them. The $65.00 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 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 willingness to 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.

  • 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 the Harold S. Smith Learning Commons 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 us!

For questions regarding registration or course specifics, contact the Institute of Learning in Later Life at (413) 748-3742, 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.