What We Stand For 

University for Seniors is a lifelong learning education program of the University of Minnesota Duluth. The program is designed to provide humanities-based opportunities for intellectual and cultural development and stimulation for individuals age 50 and older. Programs include classes, lectures, field trips, special interest groups and cultural and social opportunities. We welcome you whether your formal education ended early in life or you have advanced degrees.

Valuing Lifetimes of Experience

The University for Seniors’ Council and committee members plan and develop programming, events, and activities. These passionate and dedicated volunteers are critical to the success of the program.


The University for Seniors Program was established in 1989 as part of UMD's Continuing Education program. US began with 15 members and a small number of classes meeting off campus at the University United Methodist Church. By 1992, the program established permanent residence on the UMD campus, occupying two classrooms in Kirby Plaza that now serve as a conference room and office area.  By 2004, steady growth of the program led to the addition of two classrooms. Later that summer, US received permission to name its program in honor of Robert N. Brownlee who bequeathed $418,000 to the US program in 1998.