Are you, your spouse, or partner 50 or over? And are you looking for an intellectual and social outlet—a place where you can meet interesting people, learn something new, and have fun?

The University of Maine at Augusta Senior College gives a new definition to the meaning of “college.” At UMASC you can participate in a variety of fun, lifelong learning classes designed to meet your interests. You will also meet other folks who are interested, often passionately, in the things that you want to learn. Choose from such diverse subjects and activities as music, art, writing, culture, films, problem solving, health care, and field trips—all of which have been offered in recent semesters.

Most classes run for eight weeks, starting in September and March, and meet mostly on Friday, although some meet on Monday through Thursday and Saturday.

There are no tests, little homework, no grades, no papers to write—in short, no stress! Just intellectually stimulating opportunities to learn with others who also enjoy learning.

Special activities, such as educational field trips and social events are scheduled throughout the year, and a two-month series of “Brown Bag” lunch talks is offered during the winter inter-session.

UMA Senior College classes are taught by volunteers (“facilitators” chosen for their expertise) and each course is a special bargain.

The annual membership fee is $25.Members can enroll in classes for $30 per course, and that includes a textbook or class materials. Limited scholarships are available for those for whom tuition might be a hardship.

Classes meet on the UMA campus, and most take place in Jewett Hall and the Richard Randall Student Center. The Senior College office is on campus in the Farmhouse (a building near the top of Community Drive, the one with the moose on the front).

UMA Senior College, one of eighteen senior colleges affiliated with the Maine Senior College Network, is governed by a Board of Directors which oversees its general operations. Its mission is to provide a curriculum of stimulating learning opportunities and activities for persons fifty and over and their spouses or partners. It first opened its doors on Dec. 2, 2001 and still welcomes the area’s mature folks to step inside.