The Senior Scholars program invites Temple alumni, spouses or partners of alumni, and friends age 50 or older to join Temple's vibrant educational community by auditing select undergraduate courses.
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The list of available courses is below. You can sort the list by the Course Number, Course Name, or Campus. To sort the list, simply click on the table heading (i.e. "Course Number", "Course Name", "Campus").
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Lifelong Learning for Alumni Aged 50 and Older
Temple Senior Scholars invites alumni and their spouses or partners age 50 and older to return to Temple's vibrant educational community. For hundreds of Temple alumni each year, the Senior Scholars program means no tests and no grades, just the joy of learning with Temple's diverse students and acclaimed faculty. Choose from a variety of courses in subjects as diverse as American studies and anthropology, history and horticulture, political science and theater. Classes are offered weekdays and evenings online for Spring 2021.
Spring 2021 course registration: Tuesday, January 19 through Monday, April 26, 2021. All Spring 2021 courses will be offered online. Classes that have a date/time listed on the schedule will meet online on Zoom. Classes that do not have a date/time listed will be learn at your own pace wisthout a regular online meeting.
Senior Scholars Participant Handbook:
Click below to download the Senior Scholars handbook. The handbook contains information about registering for courses, using Temple online accounts and resources, classroom conduct and attendance policies, and other important policies and procedures.
Auditing a Course:
As a Temple Senior Scholar, you will audit regularly scheduled undergraduate courses. That means that you will share classes with today’s Temple students—study the subject, do the readings and participate in class discussions—but you will not take tests or turn in written assignments. You will not receive a grade, and you will not receive academic credit for the course, but you will have the excitement of learning in a modern classroom.
Computers/Internet and the Classroom:
Temple University has one of the most technologically connected campuses in the nation, and professors take advantage of this in their teaching. Most of the professors use Canvas, a secure Internet website, to post course material, and as a student, you will receive a Temple email address and courtesy computer account. In the first week of class, you must visit one of the computer centers (there’s one on each campus) to open your account so that you can gain access to Canvas. There are also computers on each campus you can use should you not have an Internet connection at home. If you choose not to use Canvas, you may miss an important component of your learning experience in the course.
As a Temple alumnus/alumna, you have in-house and borrowing privileges at Temple University Libraries. Your OWLcard (sent in your confirmation packet just before the semester begins) will identify you and give you access.
Tuesday, January 19 ‐ Monday, April 26
Classes will not be held on the following dates:
Tuesday, February 23 (Wellness Day)
Wednesday, March 24 (Wellness Day)
Please note that campuses may close due to inclement weather. Announcements about campus closures and/or class cancelations will be sent via email. Campus closures due to inclement weather or other campus emergencies will also be posted on Temple's homepage at www.temple.edu.
Daily parking is available in many Main Campus lots. Costs at the lots vary and a parking map with information will be mailed in your confirmation packet. Temple University Center City offers discount parking, and Temple University Ambler provides parking for a fee of $25 per semester.
Want to request a course?
Each semester, the Senior Scholars program offers an eclectic mix of courses. However, we are always open to adding new courses based on participant interest. If you would like to request that a new course be added to the Senior Scholars program, please fill out the form at the link below. Please do not contact any faculty member directly, as all courses need to be approved by schedulers before they are allowed to be added to this program.
All registrations are processed in the order in which they are received. Some courses limit the number of Senior Scholars they can accommodate, so register early online for the courses you want.
The fee of $250 per course, per person, is to be paid by credit card at the time of registration. A few courses have additional fees to be paid separately after the course begins.
Current matriculated Temple undergraduates are given first access to courses, and they can register for classes until the semester begins, so there is always a possibility that classes may fill at the last minute. Alternatively, courses are sometimes canceled by the university because of low registration by matriculated students. If the class you have chosen is canceled, you will be notified. You can either choose another course or your fee will be refunded. After the term's registration deadline, as listed above, no refunds will be given for any other reason.
Senior Scholars are expected to conduct themselves professionally and abide by the rules of the classroom. Time allotted for class participation and professor’s time should be respected. In the event that a Senior Scholars’ behavior and experience infringes on matriculated students’ experience or is otherwise disruptive, the Senior Scholars program reserves the right to remove a Senior Scholar from a class with no notice and no course change. Refunds in this circumstance will be at the sole discretion of the Senior Scholars program.
The registration deadline for Spring 2021 courses is Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Firm registration deadlines are necessary to process registrations, alert faculty, and set up internet/Canvas access. Sorry, no exceptions.
You will immediately receive an email confirmation of your credit card transaction. However, your acceptance into the class(es) of your choice will be confirmed only after registration has closed, approximately one week before your course begins. Classes are sometimes closed or canceled at the last minute, so acceptance cannot be confirmed until just before the semester begins. A confirmation packet containing information on your course and a handbook with general information about the program will be sent to you in the week before your course begins.
|Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning (OLLI)||Senior Scholars|
|Program Description||A program for people 50 years of age and older that offers day-time courses, at Temple University's Center City campus. OLLI offers approximately 100 courses a week. In addition, it engages its members in volunteerism, as advisors on policy issues, developers of curriculum, trips and special events planners, librarians of our own in-house library, and more.||A program for Temple alumni, spouses/partners, and friends age 50+. Audit select undergraduate courses alongside current Temple students. Typically 1-3 Senior Scholars enrolled in each course, and the rest of the students are undergraduates age 18-24.|
|Campus||University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19102||Most courses offered at Main Campus, but some each semester at Center City, Ambler, and Harrisburg|
|Length of Courses||Most courses typically last the whole semester, 10 weeks long. A small number are 4-6 weeks long.||16 weeks in fall or spring, 6 weeks in summer|
|Semester Dates||Fall: late September though early December
Spring: late January through mid April
Summer: late May through early August
|Fall: August - December
Spring: January - April
Summer: May-June or July-August
|Frequency of Class Meetings||Courses are offered on weekdays, 5-days a week.||Most courses meet 2 or 3 times per week for 50-80 minutes|
|Subjects Offered||Languages, literature, philosophy, religion, political science, science and technology, history, humanities, economics, finance, law, art, music, health and wellness, theater and film.||American studies, anthropology, art history, criminal justice, economics, English literature, Greek and Roman classics, history, horticulture, Jewish studies, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, sociology. Specific courses change each semester along with the undergraduate course schedule.|
|Program Fees||$290 for full year (fall, spring and summer)
$195 for spring and summer
|$250 per course|
|Registration Period||Fall: July & August
Spring: November & December
Summer: April & May
|How to Register||Online: noncredit.temple.edu/olli
Online with hands-on assistance in our computer lab
|Technology Required||All classes meet in person at Temple's Center City campus. Some of our classes involve regular field trips.||All classes meet in person. However, Senior Scholars must have some comfort with using a computer, accessing the internet, checking email, downloading files, etc. Many professors communicate with their class only via email.|
|Parking||Discounted parking is available at Parkway Garage, on 16th Street, on the corner of Ranstead.||Parking garages/lots available on all campuses, but there may be a cost to park and you will likely need to walk to your class building.|