Lifelong Learning Institute

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The Harper College Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) provides high-quality educational opportunities to 55+ learners in our community through a self-sustaining framework. LLI members enjoy great discussions, innovative classes and new friendships.

Register for LLI classes by calling 847.925.6300, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed Saturdays, Sundays and college holidays.

Download the fall 2016 brochure (Statue of Liberty cover, classes starting through December, 2016).
Download the spring 2017 brochure
 (Six Years cover, classes starting January through May, 2017).
Request a brochure in the mail.

Prefer to Register Online? Click HERE to search and register for our January-May courses. Not ready yet? Read more...

Fall 2016 Brochure   LLI Spring 2017

Here's what LLI members are saying... 

I've enjoyed making time for Harper's Lifelong Learning Institute for several years now. As all retirees know, our days are filled with lots to do, and Harper gives us the added advantage of new ideas, programs, lectures and an opportunity to meet like-minded people. I consider the membership fee that the Institute charges one of the best investments I've made.

I have enjoyed the LLI so much.  It is providing for me the classes
 I didn't get to take when I was younger and of course, there is no testing!

Harper's Lifelong Learning program has been a great place to learn more about the things  I am interested in, to broaden my horizons, and to make new friends. I have really enjoyed  the variety of courses. Now, if we only had a course about how to make more time in one's day!

LLI Membership

LLI Membership says you love learning for a lifetime and are able to help support the program, although membership is optional. The $50 annual membership fee for the 2016-17 year is used exclusively to cover program development costs and provides these benefits:

  • Time-tested programming addressing the interests of our membership.
  • Advance mailings of the LLI brochure three times a year to help you get ready for courses scheduled for the next term.
  • E-mail newsletters throughout the year to help stay current with news and information of interest to LLI members.
  • Fifty percent discounts on selected courses.
  • Exclusive members-only courses, where seats are limited.

Call the Harper College Continuing Education registration team at 847.925.6300 for more information and to purchase a membership

How to Register for Classes

Review the classes currently available in our brochure or here on our website. Make a note of the Course Title and Course Registration Number (CRN) for the classes you want. Then, register online, by phone, or in person.

  • Online: Browse the LLI brochure. Then, use this link....
  • By phone: 847.925.6300. Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • In person: Harper College, Bldg. W, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m..-.4:30 p.m.

    Phone and walk-in registration facilities are closed weekends and college holidays.

Course information is subject to change. Find the latest details on course availabilty, dates, times, etc. at 847.925.6300 or in our online registration system.

Meet some of our LLI instructors

Frequently Asked Questions

LLI course fees are designed to cover the direct costs of running classes, while being low enough to make it possible for fixed-income students and others to attend. Fees are listed after each course description in the catalog. Some courses carry the same fee for both LLI members and non-members, while others are available to members at a discounted fee. There are usually some courses each term that are free to all.
Membership in LLI shows that you support extending the benefits of lifelong learning to 55+ people in our community. Anyone 55 or older can become an LLI member. No particular educational or professional background is required. Memberships for 2016-17 cost $50 per person and can be purchased when you register for classes. Current memberships are valid through August 31, 2017. Membership fees are payable by credit card or electronic checkcard only. We cannot accept paper checks sent in the mail or presented in person at registration. 
Become an LLI Member by phone or in person.
Call: 847.925.6300, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Saturday, Sunday, and college holidays.
Visit: Harper College Continuing Education Registration, in the lobby of the Wojcik Conference Center (Building W), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Saturday, Sunday, and college holidays.

LLI offers a mix of lectures, short-term courses, and seminars presented in media-equipped classrooms at Harper College and in some cases at partner sites across the Harper College District.

LLI courses require no prerequisites, grades or exams. Some instructors may suggest reading certain texts and other materials for participants to gain full benefit from the class experience.

Every effort is made to hold all LLI classes scheduled. However, a minimum enrollment is set for most classes, and a course will be cancelled if the minimum enrollment is not met.

LLI courses are held at the Harper College main campus (1200 W Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067) and at LLI partner sites. Free parking is available at all LLI course locations.
See our Visit Harper College page for maps, directions and links to our extension sites.
Get Maps and Directions to Harper College.

Seniors, 65 and older, can receive a discount on a 50-minute therapeutic massage at the Harper College Massage Therapy Clinic on our main campus. Gift certificates are also available. Learn more here.