Welcome to the LIFE Membership application page. We are pleased that you are interested in lifelong learning ,and welcome your application for membership in our organization.
The Learning Institute for Elders at the University of Central Florida, Inc., organized in 1991, is an outgrowth of the Elderhostel Institute Network of Affiliated Institutes for Learning in Retirement. LIFE@UCF is a nonprofit corporation and is funded through membership fees. It is affiliated with the University of Central Florida through the College of Interdisciplinary Studies under a partnership agreement. LIFE is managed by an 18 member board of directors elected by the membership. All officers, board members, special assistants, and committees that support our operations are volunteers. Excess operating revenues provide funding for grant programs that support UCF faculty and students and promote applied research in gerontology.
LIFE @UCF organizes its own educational programming, which is entirely separate from the curricula at UCF. Speakers are drawn from the UCF faculty, from the community and, occasionally, from our own membership. The lecture schedule is developed by our curriculum committee and is presently scheduled one year in advance.
LIFE@UCF members bring a wealth of life experiences to the classroom and a desire for continued learning. The majority of LIFE members hold bachelor or graduate degrees. Almost all members are retired professional or business people. The group is well-traveled and active in the community. Presently, there are approximately 750 members, with an average attendance of more than 390 at each class session. Classes meet in the Student Union located at the center of the UCF campus. Two classes are held each Tuesday during the spring and fall Semesters, the first from 9:00AM – 10:00AM and the second from 10:30AM-11:30 AM.
Membership to LIFE has many benefits beyond providing lecture classes that cover a wide range of fascinating and meaningful subjects from the arts to the newest scientific research topics. LIFE members are issued special student ID cards that provide access to the UCF library, reduced cost or free tickets to all UCF musical, theatre, and athletic events, special parking passes, and use of the UCF shuttle bus system.
Memberships are individual, and members must be at least 50 years of age. Membership dues are $185.00 per year and are not refundable. New members are also charged an additional one time $25.00 registration fee. Total memberships are limited by the allowable capacity of our smaller venues. Membership is presently at our maximum allowed number. For this reason all new membership application are now placed on a waiting list. New member opportunities are determined every summer, and waiting list applicants are notified BY EMAIL if and when they are able to join. YOU WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE LIST IF YOU DO NOT RESPOND WITHIN ONE WEEK OF RECEIPT OF THIS EMAIL. If you would like to become a member, you are encouraged to submit membership applications as soon as possible. As of February 2017 the waiting list duration was approximately 2 years. We are working on plans to increase membership in the future .
To apply for membership complete the below application. You will be sent an acknowledgement email receipt, and your name will be placed on our membership waiting list. The waiting list is also an individual list so each family member must submit an application.