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Learning in Retirement (CALL)

Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning

Due to CoVid-19, the fall 2020 CALL semester will be offered entirely remotely. While CALL members are welcome to come and enjoy our beautiful campus grounds, access to all college buildings will be restricted.

Keene State’s Institute for Learning in Retirement is the Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL). The program is affiliated through the Institute Network with the internationally known Road Scholar program.

CALL is an educational program aimed at seniors and/or retired folks. The difference between Road Scholar and Institutes for Lifelong Learning like CALL is that the institutes are typically non-residential.

Our classes are lead by members, community experts, and Keene State faculty. Classes are offered for eight weeks in the fall and eight weeks in the spring, with a four-week “mini-session” offered in January and February.

Still have questions? Check out our frequently asked questions or join our electronic newsletter list to receive regular email updates about the CALL program.


Due to CoVid-19, the fall CALL session will be entirely online, and a membership fee will not be required.

CALL Registration

During the entirely remote Fall 2020 semester, there is no membership requirement and the cost will be $30/class. Since classes are not limited to Fridays, participants can take more than four if they would like. Ordinarily, participants may take up to four courses for one low registration fee paid per fall and spring semester. The winter session allows both members and prospective members to pay per class, with classes from 12:30 - 3:15 counting as two classes. No membership fee is required for the four week session. Limited scholarships are available–contact for more information.

Current Sessions:

*Announcing our Fall 2020 Semester! Classes begin the week of September 21 and end on November 13. Registration will be open from Tuesday, August 18 until September 14, or until classes fill. Read more about our fall offerings, and about our wonderful faculty! Registration will begin online on Tuesday, August 18 at 8:00 a.m. Register online here, following these directions. Having trouble? Just give our office a call at 603-358-2290 and we can register you over the phone.

Inclement Weather Policy

During average winter weather conditions, Keene State College and the Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning shall remain open for all regular operations, including classes and events. We encourage all members to make responsible choices, and to consider the potential for slippery walking conditions in our parking lots and sidewalks when making their decision. Some instructors may elect not to hold classes, despite the college remaining open. Please ask your instructor about his or her specific cancellation policy. CALL will be cancelled whenever the college declares curtailed operations. CALL may also close if most faculty have cancelled their class, or if the Physical Plant staff request that we do so. College-wide curtailed operations are announced on local radio and television stations as well as on the website. CALL-specific cancellations are announced via email and on the website.

Dining Options

Eating on Campus? The College offers a variety of options!

Program History

Keene State College was one of the original five schools to host Elderhostel (now known as Road Scholar) at its founding back in the early 1970’s. After a long hiatus, Elderhostel returned to KSC in the early 1990’s when a former Dean of Arts and Humanities, Michael Haines, re-introduced a Summer Elderhostel program.

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Contact Continuing Education

Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies
☎ 603-358-2290

Elliot Hall, First Floor, Suite 144
Keene State College
229 Main Street
Keene, NH 03435-2605

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