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    Lifelong Learning

    Lifelong Learning

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    Over 60? Consider Ursuline’s non-credit Lifelong Learning options

    Expand your knowledge without the pressure of assignments or tests

    Older adult students work on fashion projects

    The Lifelong Learning program at Ursuline College is a non-credit program that allows adults over 60 to expand their knowledge and enjoy a virtual or classroom learning experience in a curated field of offerings without the pressure of assignments or tests and at a discounted cost.

    Class participation is highly encouraged for all students, but all are asked to respect the opinions of others and to contribute favorably to the classroom atmosphere.

    Lifelong Learner applicants may apply for most Arts & Sciences courses and will be admitted if room is available. Lifelong Learners may not take courses in the following programs: Nursing, Counseling and Art Therapy, Social Work, or Education. View Fall 2021 undergraduate courses here and graduate courses here.

    Above: Recent Lifelong Learning program participants exercise creativity and learn new skills in a Fashion Design class.

    Course highlights

    Undergraduate courses that many lifelong learners have enjoyed:

    • Choir 
    • Humanities
    • Religious Studies
    • Historic Preservation
    • Sociology
    • Women's Studies
    • Fashion

    Classes from the graduate program in Theological and Pastoral Studies are also perennial favorites.

    Please see our course schedules for more course options (undergraduate courses and graduate courses), remembering that the following programs are not open to Lifelong Learners: Nursing, Counseling and Art Therapy, Social Work, Education.

    Registration + costs

    Lifelong Learners will be eligible to register for a virtual or classroom course only if there is space in the program so that traditional students or those auditing the class have the first opportunity. Current COVID rules limit the number of students per classroom and in some cases have become virtual (online) only. The instructor also must approve the Lifelong Learner to take the course.

    To register as a lifelong learner, complete and submit the application below. You will be notified by email if you are approved to take the course and will be billed after you have been confirmed. The fee is $60 per credit hour, plus any course fee associated with the class. You’ll also be responsible for the cost of any books you choose to purchase for your class.

    Once registered, please stop by the Student Services Center, located in Mullen 203, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., to obtain a photo ID. (On Friday July 23, 30 and August 6, campus closes at 12:30 p.m.) You will also need your ID to have access to Desire2Learn through this website. You'll scroll to the bottom of any page on this site and click D2L.

    Lifelong Learners will have limited access to Besse Library services. You are permitted to take out up to four regular circulating items at a time for a two-week period.

    The Office of the Registrar does not retain official records for Lifelong Learners. Requests for retroactive credit cannot be honored. If you need a class posted on an official Ursuline College transcript for certification or immigration purposes, you must take the course as an audit or for credit and pay the full tuition cost. UCAP (accelerated) courses and private lessons are not open to lifelong learners.

    For questions, please use the form below.

    Lifelong Learning Registration

    To register for a course as a Lifelong Learner, please fill in and submit the fom below. By submitting this form, you acknowledge that you have read the Lifelong Learner information and understand that:

    You must be age 60 or older to register as a Lifelong Learner.
    You will be placed in a class on a space-available basis, to be confirmed shortly before the class begins.
    You will be enrolled in this class on a non-credit basis and will not receive a grade or credit.
    Class may be virtual/online; participants must have their own laptop or computer to participate.
    Ursuline College does not retain official academic records for participants in the Lifelong Learners Program.