Lifelong Learning Community at Otterbein

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

LLC Registration for Fall 2021 is now open!

Registration for our Fall 2021 semester is now open and our Fall 2021 class schedule has been released and can be seen on our Courses page. If you would like to join the LLC mailing list, please email us at to stay informed of news and updates.

Class Registration:

We will send out the link to register for specific classes starting Thursday, Aug. 19, and as individuals join the LLC for membership, you will receive an email inviting you to register for specific classes. If you are a Virtual LLC member, you will not need to register for specific classes, as you will receive a link to watch all the classes online.

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. Rates for the Fall 2021 semester will be posted soon!


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. To support the LLC Scholars Program, you can either send in a check to the address below or visit our online LLC Scholars Donation form. Thank you for your support!

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

Student Award Applicants:
LLC Scholars Awards for the Fall of 2021 have been completed. Please watch for more information on the 2022 application process coming soon!

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.