Lifelong Learning for Adults Age 55+

Due to COVID-19, our Spring 2020 semester will be taking place exclusively online! See what classes are available right now, and check back regularly as classes are added weekly.

University Express offers free educational classes for older adults in Erie County. The program runs during spring and fall semesters. You will find classes in a variety of categories, including current affairs, history, humanities, finance and medicine. Click for a complete list of classes.

Classes are designed to stimulate the mind and provide opportunities to build social networks, thereby reducing social isolation. No homework or tests, just exciting discussions alongside peers with similar interests!


Whether you want to learn about local history or the latest medical advancements, we have something for you. Check out what we offer.


Our classes are held at various locations throughout Erie County. See what is going on at a location near you!

Join Us

Do you want to attend classes? Are you interested in becoming an instructor? Do you think your location would be a good fit? Click here to learn more.


"We want to get seniors out, get them out into the community, meet each other, network, and also have the ability to learn a fun topic along the way. We have multiple locations across Erie County at multiple times to fit everyone's schedule."
-David J. Shenk, Commissioner, Erie County Department of Senior Services

Classes are fun!

Join other like-minded adults interested in learning new things and having lively discussions — all in a fun environment. Classes are typically 45–60 minutes, followed by a question and answer session.

To sign up, here’s all you do:

  1. Find a class (or several) that meet your interests.
  2. Call the location where the class is offered to register and reserve your spot. It’s that easy