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Life Long Learning

Never stop experiencing the joys of learning. All are welcome. Bring a friend.
Lifelong Learning programs have been called “a health club for the brain.”

About the Program

We are a collaboration between Colgate University and the community to provide adults with ongoing education for the enrichment of their lives in a diversity of fields.

We offer courses in the fall, spring, and summer. CURRENT SCHEDULE

The program is guided by a board of community members and upstate staff.


Contact Information

Phone: 315-228-6623



Life Long Learning Program
Upstate Institute at Colgate University
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346

Program News


Life Long Learning will be taking a field trip on August 21st to the Glimmerglass Opera House to see a performance of Porgy and Bess. 

If you are interested in joining us and have not already secured a spot, we are currently putting together a waitlist. Please email or call Rachel Amann-Burns: or 315-228-6623.

Tickets for the performance are $111. 
The performance on August 21st  is at 1:30 pm.

We plan to leave from the Hamilton Public Library parking lot at 10:30 am  and return early that evening.  Food is available on site, we will travel by van. 

For more information or to register, please call Rachel at: 315-228-6623 and leave a message or email her at

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Become a Member

The Life Long Learning program is open to any adult who is interested in continuing to learn and spend time with like-minded individuals.
Membership benefits
  • Access to an unlimited number of programs, seminars and special events
  • A 13% discount on everything (with some exceptions) and 20% off books at the Colgate Bookstore*
  • Borrowing privileges at the Case-Geyer Library at Colgate University
  • Discounted admission to the 5:30 p.m. Independent Film Series at the Hamilton Theater
*Colgate Bookstore discount may not be combined with other discounts. Excludes computers, textbooks, consignment, sale items, and restricted brands.
Pricing and Payments
  • Individual membership: $40 / year
  • Family membership: $70 / year
Please make checks payable to Life Long Learning Program.

Take a Class

Classes are open to all. Pre-registration is strongly recommended as it secures you a seat and allows you to get updates on class cancellations, required readings, etc.
Pricing and payments

Pay per course: $5 per session (non-members)
(e.g. one course with four sessions: $20)

Members may attend any class throughout the year at no cost.

Teach a Class

We are always looking for qualified instructors*. If you are skilled or knowledgeable in a subject area and interested in teaching others, please complete a Course Proposal and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by clicking the button below.
*All of our community instructors volunteer their time, but we are able to express our appreciation with a small gift card to the Colgate Bookstore.


GIVE FEEDBACKHave you taken a class? Taught a class? Please let us know what you think. In order to make the program stronger for you, our members and the community, your feedback is crucial.

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