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Higher Education

There are a number of higher education services for seniors in Dutchess County available through the various colleges.

Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson)

Bard’s Lifetime Learning Institute is a volunteer, membership-run organization that offers non-credit courses to men and women of retirement age who have a desire for lifelong learning.  Classes are held during the spring and fall semesters and a January mini-session.  For a copy of their catalog and more information, call 845-758-7314 or email

Dutchess Community College (Poughkeepsie)

For information on continuing education and non-credit classes contact the Office of Community Services at (845) 431-8910.  Seniors may also audit classes when space is available by arrangement with the Secretary to the Registrar at 845-431-8028.

Marist College (Poughkeepsie)

Marist has a volunteer membership-run organization that provides for intellectual and cultural exploration and development for men and women of retirement age.  The Center for Lifetime Study (CLS),  offers non-credit courses covering topics reflecting a variety of interests. There is a membership fee and a long waiting list. For further information call CLS at 845-575-3000 ext. 2011. Seniors may also audit classes when space is available by arrangement with the instructor.

Vassar College (Poughkeepsie)

An adult educational program affiliated with Vassar College offering a broad range of non-credit educational courses and activities to members 55 and over at a minimal cost. Classes are taught by volunteer members, retired and active faculty, and outside experts. Find out more at  845-437-7229.