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Life Long Learning

A community-based program, run by your neighbors and sponsored by Colgate's Upstate Institute.
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

Fall 2018 Classes are here!
See the list of courses for the semester and sign up right away!

If you have questions please contact our office :
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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 by clicking the button below.


Have 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.


Regional Resources

  • Education Unlimited (formerly)

"Us, Democracy, and the Athenians" with Robert Garland

Classes will be held October 22, 25, 29 and November 1st3 to 4 PM in the Hamilton Public Library Community Room.