Lifelong Learning Community at Otterbein

Otterbein's LLC program serves a vibrant community of lifelong learners age 55 and older.

May 2022 LLC Mini-Courses:

June 2022 LLC Special Events:

Fall 2022 Semester Courses and Information will be posted this summer!

    Please note: COVID Safety Protocols for All Campus Visitors

    All visitors to campus, including LLC members, must perform a daily self-assessment before coming to campus and are required to wear masks inside all buildings and classrooms until further notice. Please download the self-assessment guide to ensure you are following our latest protocols. Thank you!

    What is the Lifelong Learning Community?

    A group of mature learners who are:

    • Open to learning.
    • Curious about the world.
    • Committed to maintaining an active mind for a healthy body.
    • Interested in coming to the Otterbein campus for a year-long menu of workshops, lectures and May mini-courses designed for Lifelong Learning Community members.
    • Eager to meet artists, lecturers, writers and faculty in formal and informal settings.

    Event offerings and topics include art, history, health and well-being, book discussion groups, environmental and social issues, day trips, and other social opportunities.

    Learn More about the LLC:

    Membership & Benefits

    LLC membership rates are based on each academic semester. To see our current rates, please visit our registration page here.


    We permit one-time guests at any event*. If a guest would like to attend more often, then we ask that they become a member. Guests must register just like members for joining and access to sessions.

    *One-time guest exception may be made for day trips and the holiday luncheon. A non-member spouse or friend may attend these events if they pay the fee for the day drip or make a donation towards the luncheon.

    Benefits of the Lifelong Learning Community Membership Include:

    • Invitation to special Otterbein University events with President John Comerford, experts, authors, and notable campus visitors.
    • Exclusive offerings of lectures, discussions, workshops and May mini-courses created for the Lifelong Learning Community members, by members and by Otterbein faculty.
    • Otterbein Summer Theatre: Discounted matinee performances with opportunities to meet the actors, directors and playwright.
    • Westerville Symphony: Discounted tickets for events in Cowan Hall in October through April. Contact Alumni Relations for promotional code for discount.
    • Friends of the Courtright Memorial Library: Discounted rate of $5 to become a member (regularly $20). This applies to new memberships, or those who are not currently Friends of the Library. Learn more about the Friends of the Library.
    • Volunteer opportunities within the LLC and in the Westerville/Otterbein community.

    Volunteering & Presenting Opportunities

    Lifelong Learning

    Opportunities are available to volunteer within the Lifelong Learning Community each semester and throughout the entire academic year. *Please note: A current paid LLC Membership is a pre-requisite for all volunteers and committee members.

    Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering:

    If you are interested in presenting a subject to the Lifelong Learning Community, Click Here to submit an application. 

    You may also download and print the forms, fill them out and mail them to:

    LLC Howard House

    1 S. Grove St. , Westerville, OH 43081

    If you are interested in learning more, contact Becky May ’78 at or call 614-823-1305.

    Community Engagement

    At Otterbein University’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE), we believe that even small acts can change the world, and that there are many ways to change the world. We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities in various areas for those who want to volunteer a few hours each term or several hours each week, we have it all!

    Contact Melissa Gilbert at or call 614-823-1251.


    Otterbein Theatre is in search of volunteers to usher public performances.  Ushers report to the theatre 45 minutes prior to curtain, receive a basic training about seating and safety/evacuation procedures and then assist with seating patrons.  In exchange, ushers receive a complimentary ticket for the performance.

    For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Elizabeth Saltzgiver at or call 614-823-1239.

    LLC Scholars Program

    The LLC Scholars Program was created to support the lifelong learning mission of Otterbein University by helping current students who are beginning their lifelong learning journey. The program will help rising seniors in need of support and each LLC Scholar will be asked to play an active role in the Lifelong Learning Community throughout the academic year. Awards will be selected each spring and awarded in the Fall to awarded seniors.

    Student Award Application:
    The application for the Fall 2022 LLC Scholar Awards is now closed. The application for Fall 2023 will be available in January 2023.

    Institutional Advancement
    c/o Lifelong Learning LLC Scholars Program
    1 S. Grove Street
    Westerville, OH 43081

    Watch our 2021 LLC Scholars being recognized at the New Student Convocation!


    Senior College

    Seniors 60 and over may attend one Otterbein University class each semester. Follow the link below to learn more about Senior College Courses and to submit an application.

    Please note that you are expected to register 10 days before classes begin so that the Office of the Registrar can check your request with the class instructor.  If you have questions about the application process, you may contact Joanna Cervi, or call 614-823-1248.  Not all class offerings can be made available through Senior College, depending on traditional student demand and class type.

    Learn more about Senior College.