Encore Program

If you are age 60 or older, a unique opportunity awaits you at Lee University. Encore scholars are invited to enrich their lives through experiencing the academic excellence and Christ-centered atmosphere of Lee University. You may take courses for credit or just for fun. No special educational background or records will be required. Acceptance into a class is always dependent upon available space.

When does it start?

January 9 at 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Centenary Room, Higginbotham Adminstration Building
January 10 – January 17 – 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Higginbotham Administration Building, Room 211


The program fee is $25 per semester. Students have the opportunity to choose up to two courses and also enjoy the following benefits when available:

  • Free entry into concerts (including Presidential Concert Series events), plays, and athletic events.
  • Access to the library, computer labs, and your own Lee University email account.
  • Opportunity to discuss an educational plan for your Encore experience.

* Some courses may require additional fees over the $25 program fee.
**This is a program fee and does not guarantee enrollment in courses.


Encore students are eligible to take up to two courses from the mini course or traditional course menu. Click the links below to see the list of Fall 2023 courses.

Traditional Courses Mini-Courses
Meet for the entire semester up to three times weekly Designed specifically for Encore
Interact with undergraduate students at the University Special topics series
Taken for credit or audit Meet once a week for 4-10 weeks
If taken for credit, books can be purchased in the Paul Conn Student Union Mini Course Guide
Traditional Course Guide  Encore Application

Encore Frequently Asked Questions

What Classes Should I Take?

We have two class options for Encore Scholars depending on your goals and time commitment. Traditional Courses – Traditional courses integrate Encore Scholars with traditional students. These classes meet for a full semester, 2-3 days a week. They can be taken for credit or audited. Mini Courses – Mini Courses are specially designed for Encore Scholars. These classes meet once a week for 5-8
week sessions.

What Is The Difference Between Credit and Audit?

Taking a class for credit requires you to abide by the syllabus and professor expectations. You must complete all projects, tests and papers and you will receive a grade at the end of the semester. Auditing a class exempts you from projects, tests and papers. You can attend the course at your leisure. You will not receive a grade but your transcript will reflect that you attended the course.

When Are Encore Classes Offered?

Encore classes are offered every fall and spring semester. Registration takes place in January and August.

What Can I Do With My Student ID?

Your student ID card will get you free tickets to athletic events, the Presidential Concert series, theater productions and the campus recreation center.

How Much Does It Cost To Be In Encore?

There is a $25 programming fee each semester you enroll as an Encore Scholar. The only outside costs you may have are books and a small supply fee for special courses.

How Many Classes Can I Take?

You are eligible to take up to two courses each semester.

Do I Have To Be Over 60?

Yes, you must be 60 or over to enroll as an Encore Scholar.

Is Parking Available?

Your parking permit allows you to park anywhere on campus. We strive to schedule mini courses outside of peak times in effort to make this easier.

What If I Miss Class?

We understand that you have busy lives. Mini courses do not have an attendance policy. If you are taking traditional courses for credit, speak with your professor.

Can I Complete My Degree as an Encore Student?

Encore is solely an educational enrichment program. In order to complete your degree you must enroll as a traditional student through Admissions.

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Lee University Community Relations
1120 N Ocoee Street / PO Box 3450 Cleveland, TN 37320-3450
(423) 614-8310
[email protected]

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