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Learning in Retirement (CALL)

Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning

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. All classes are held on Fridays.

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


A mandatory annual (September - August) membership fee of $45 is required for students signing up for the fall and spring 8 week sessions. Membership is not required for the winter 4 week mini-session. Membership gives members discounts on Keene State events and provides access to selected Keene State facilities.

CALL Registration

Participants may take up to four courses for one low registration fee of $85 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 to cover the $85 semester registration fee–contact for more information.

Current Sessions:

  • **Please watch for more information coming soon on our Fall semester, which will be entirely online.

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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If you have any questions or would like more information about CALL, please fill in the form below:

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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Closed on campus holidays.