Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning

Administrative Office
Fromm Hall, Room 102
Phone: (415) 422-6805
Robert Fordham, Executive Director

The Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning is a university within a university, offering daytime liberal arts courses for retired adults over 50 years of age. Founded by Alfred and Hanna Fromm in 1976, the Institute offers intellectual stimulation and introduces its members to a wide range of learning opportunities with full access to the facilities and services of USF.

The Institute has a firm commitment to learning and believes that older students should be able to learn within a peer setting and be taught by professors of their own age (professors emeriti).

The Institute presents eight-week, non-credit academic courses three times each year. Courses span such areas as psychology, literature, philosophy, science, economics, history, art, music, and creative writing.

Self-governance gives the Fromm Institute a unique identity at USF while remaining an integral part of the campus life. Students set their own pace, but do take part in other campus activities. The Institute has a student council with a president and vice-president who handle students' concerns and communications and plan special visits and field trips.