Providing learning opportunities for people over the age of fifty.

Elon University’s lifelong education program just completed its seventh year this spring! It has been a wonderful success and continues to get better and better thanks to the great work of our dedicated volunteers. The program was designed to offer non-credit learning opportunities to people ages 50 and older. The learning institute, called LIFE@Elon, features weekly presentations conducted in an engaging format. The learning community is led by current and retired Elon faculty and staff members and other area educators.

There are 12 classes offered per semester (fall and spring) and they are held in Johnston Hall on Elon’s South Campus. We offer four sessions:

  • Tuesday morning class that meets from 10:00-12:00
  • Tuesday afternoon class that meets from 1:30-3:30
  • Wednesday morning class that meets from 10:00-12:00
  • Wednesday afternoon class that meets from 1:30-3:30

When registering, a class time is chosen from the four options and that is the one a member attends for the year. Current members will get priority in choosing which class they want to attend.

Members pay a yearlong membership fee of $150, which includes enrollment in all 24 sessions, convenient parking for the classes, borrowing privileges at Elon’s Belk Library,  and discounted tickets to many events on campus.

Examples of sessions examined in previous semesters are:

  • A Short History of Jazz
  • How Media Shapes Politics
  • Music Theatre at Elon
  • Stem Cell Research and the Future of Health Care
  • The Drama of Our Oceans
  • Post-Civil War History
  • Cathedrals of Europe

Read more about the program or view our past schedules.