On this page you will find a brief history of the Maine Senior College Network.

In addition, you can also see Senior College locations listed with their various academic and community relationships.

MSCN - History

Senior Colleges offer non-credit courses and activities for people over age 50.

In 1996 a group in Portland developed the first Senior College in Maine at the University of Southern Maine (USM). Other campuses and distance education sites quickly became interested and soon there were 8 fledgling groups around the state.

In 1999, leaders of the USM Senior College were enjoying the program so much that they met with the governor and legislators to try to initiate support for more senior colleges across the state. Out of those meetings came an annual line item appropriation $150,000 to the UMaine System (PL 1999, chapter 731) to “support a senior college initiative” statewide. That appropriation has been part of the USM budget since 2000. In 2001, the initial 8 existing senior colleges gathered for the first meeting of what has grown to be the Maine Senior College Network.

In 2001 the Senior College at USM received an endowment from the Osher Foundation. The Senior College changed its name at this time to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Southern Maine and became the first Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the national OLLI network.

In 2004, partly because of its experience with the Maine Senior College Network, USM was chosen to host the National Resource Center (NRC) for the network of OLLIs. The $150,000 appropriation represented the “match” that the Osher Foundation requires for its philanthropy, and the two networks were housed in one department (the NRC) supported by the appropriation as well as proceeds from a $3 million Osher endowment.

In 2014, the Osher Foundation moved the National Resource Center of the OLLI network to Northwestern University.

It is important to note that the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Southern Maine remains in place on the USM campus and continues to be a successful and growing Senior College. (Note: Only the administrative office of the National OLLI network moved to Northwestern University.)

The Maine Senior College Network (MSCN) office is now managed by one part time Program Coordinator. The MSCN office is located in the OLLI Suite on the USM Campus.

If you have questions about the Maine Senior College Network these should be directed to the MSCN Program Coordinator.

We now have 17 senior colleges within the Maine Senior College Network

Below is a list of Senior College locations. Please note the many academic and community relationships that have been established by the Senior Colleges. These relationships make it possible for Senior Colleges to provide classes to their memberships.

Nine Colleges are located on the following UMaine campuses:

York County Senior College

Class locations:
  • Anderson Learning Center - 21 Bradeen St. Springvale, ME 04083
  • Springvale Library - 443 Main St. Springvale, ME 04083
  • Brothers of Christian Instruction - 132 Shaker Hill Rd. Alfred, ME 04002
  • Shaker Museum - 118 Shaker Hill Rd. Alfred, ME 04002
  • Trinity Episcopal Church - 15 Cleveland St. (Corner of Main St.) Saco, ME 04072
  • The Wardwell - 43 Middle St. Saco, ME 04072
  • Paul Hazelton House Bldg. - 17 Smith Lane Saco, ME 04072
  • University College - 4 Scamman St. Saco Valley Shopping Complex, Saco, ME, 04072
  • Biddeford Pool Community Center - 2 Yates St. Biddeford Pool, ME 04006
  • Huntington Common - 1 Huntington Common Dr. Kennebunk, ME 04043

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

  • University of Southern Maine

Senior College at USM Lewiston-Auburn College

  • USM Lewiston campus (Room 189 of the Learning Works building.)

Augusta Senior College

  • University of Maine at Augusta

Gold LEAF Institute

  • University of Maine Farmington
Additional class locations:
  • Farmington Community Center - 127 Middle Street
  • Farmington Public Library - 117 Academy St. (rear)
  • Farmington Municipal Building - 153 Farmington Falls Rd.
  • UMF Facilities Lot, Next to Farmington Municipal Building - 147 Farmington Fall Rd., Route 2 & Maple Ave.
  • Old South Congregational Church - 235 Main Street
  • Upcountry Artists Gallery - 161 Main Street

Coastal Senior College

  • University College at Rockland

Winter Class locations:
  • University College at Rockland
  • Camden Library
  • At Friends’ Meeting House, Belvedere Road, Damariscotta
  • St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Rockland
  • The Lincoln Home, Newcastle
  • Midcoast Printmakers, Inc., 648 Main St., Damariscotta
  • Chase Point, at Lincoln Health Miles Campus, Damariscotta

Additional class locations:
Coastal Senior College rotates classes around the local area and makes use of additional locations in Lincoln and Knox Counties these sites include: Nobleboro Town Office, Thomaston Public Library and Rocky House in Thomaston, Waldoboro Public Library, Skidompha Library and Hodgdon Green House in Damariscotta..

Downeast Senior College

  • University College in Ellsworth

Additional class locations:
  • Ellsworth City Hall, Council Chambers

Sunrise Senior College

  • University of Maine at Machias

Seniors Achieving Greater Education (SAGE)

  • University of Maine at Presque Isle

St John Valley Senior College

  • University of Maine at Fort Kent
St John Valley Senior College was jointly established by the University of Maine Fort Kent, Fort Kent Elderly Social Action Center and MSAD District #27 Adult and Community Education Program.

The following Senior Colleges are not connected to UMaine campuses

South Coast Senior College (formerly LEARN)

  • York Country Community College in Wells

Western Mountains Senior College

  • MSAD#44 Adult and Community Education Greater Bethel Area
Courses delivered at:
Telstar High School and other community venues

Senior Colleges Incorporated as Independent 501c3 Not-For-Profit Organizations

Senior College at Bridgton

Class Locations:
  • The Magic Lantern Theater and The Tannery Pub - 9 Depot Street, just off Main Street in Bridgton.

Midcoast Senior College

  • 10 Tibbetts Drive, Suite 210 - Brunswick Center of Southern New Hampshire University -

Additional class locations:
  • Curtis Library
  • Patten Free Library
  • Thornton Oaks (senior health center)
  • The Highlands (adult continuing care)
  • Sunnybrook Village (Retirement & assisted living community.)
  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Senior College at Belfast

  • Hutchinson Center, University of Maine

Acadia Senior College

  • Administrative Office at Maine Sea Coast Mission in Bar Harbor

Class locations:
Southwest Harbor:
  • Southwest Harbor Public Library, 338 Main Street, 244-7065
  • Harbor House, 329 Main Street, 244-3713

Bar Harbor:
  • College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden Street, 288-5015
  • Maine Sea Coast Mission, 127 West Street, 288-5097
  • Abbe Museum, 26 Mt. Desert Street, 288-3519

Acadia National Park Training Center:
  • Winter Headquarters, McFarland Hill, Eagle Lake Road, 288-8700

Northeast Harbor:
  • Neighborhood House, 1 Kimball Road, 276-5039
  • Northeast Harbor Library, 1 Joy Road, 276-3333
  • MDI Housing, 24 Maple Lane, 288-4770
  • Saint Mary's Winter Chapel, 5 Kimball Road, 276-5588

Salisbury Cove:
  • MDI Biological Laboratory, Old Bar Harbor Road, 288-3605

Hulls Cove:
  • Birch Bay Village (Inn), 25 Village Inn Road, 288-8014

  • MDI Historical Society, Sound School House, 373 Sound Drive, 276-9323

Penobscot Valley Senior College

Class locations:
  • UMA-Bangor, 1 University Dr, Bangor, ME 04401
  • G. Clifton Eames Learning Center, Bangor
  • University of Maine, Orono
  • Dirigo Pines, Orono

The Penobscot Valley Senior College website is hosted by UMaine Center on Aging website

*All of the above other than Penobscot Valley Senior College were originally units of the UMaine System