Intergenerational student group

Senior Adult Learning Center (SALC)

Welcome to SALC!

In the 1970s, the Institute on Aging at Portland State University opened the Senior Adult Learning Center (SALC). SALC facilitates and encourages lifelong learning for Oregon residents 65 years of age or older by registering them as auditors for undergraduate and graduate classes at little to no cost.

The Senior Adult Learning Center (SALC) offers access to most of PSU’s 5,000 classes to auditors. Whether auditors are interested in history, jazz, literature, geography, physical education classes, or any other subjects, there is something for everyone. After joining SALC, seniors can audit classes without paying tuition if the instructor agrees and space is available (please note that there is a $35 per-credit fee for online courses, where the course delivery method is WEB).

Senior auditors are an active part of the university and a community by their own right. Lifelong learning is about continual rebirth and renewal of the mind and spirit. Taking classes through the Senior Adult Learning Center contributes to auditors' lives in many meaningful ways.

SALC operations are supported entirely through charitable donations, allowing PSU to focus its resources on tuition-paying students. If you would like to make a donation, please visit the "Give to SALC" page.

COVID-19 Notice

SALC's physical office is currently closed. 

PSU will resume mostly in-person instruction in Fall 2021. Starting fall term, all students attending in-person classes and all employees working on campus are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccines have been proven safe and effective in preventing the spread of the coronavirus and are available for all Oregonians age 12 or older at no cost.

Please visit the "How to Register" page to learn how to remotely enroll in classes.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact SALC!

SALC Newsletter Fall 2021

Please read our current newsletter to learn more about SALC and important updates regarding the class registration process.