Penobscot Valley Senior College
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Getting Started

Our non-credit courses are the main reason we exist, and we also offer a number of special half-day events each year. How do you get to take part in all this deliciousness?

1. Become a member.
First you join PVSC (see Membership). The cost is $25/year, or $40 for two people in the same household. Membership runs from July 1st through the next June 30th. Members are entitled to register for classes, special events (free at this time), and our lovely annual (Virtual via Zoom 2021) meeting.
PVSC members can also take courses at other Senior Colleges in the Maine Senior College Network without having to pay additional membership fees:
Contact the college offering the course, and indicate that you are a paid member of PVSC.

If you are a member of another Maine Senior College, and wish to register for a PVSC course online, please email or call 207-659-1359 to have the membership fee deleted before you register. Indicate which Maine Senior College your current membership is with, and leave your name, email address, phone, and mailing address. If you wish to mail in a check, send an email with your contact information, and you will be sent a registration form, and the membership fee will not be added.

2. Register for courses.
Courses begin in later September and in late March and most last 6 weeks, two hours each week. While offering Zoom-only courses, we have added additional year-round sessions and more One-Day Events, so there are many opportunities to enjoy a course or presentation.
Course information is emailed several weeks before each session begins. We no longer send out catalogs. Tuition for each course is $30. Choose your course(s) and register online at with a credit card, or send the included registration form, with your check, to the address on the application, (or, when available after Covid concerns, drop off at the Welcome Desk c/o PVSC at the Bangor YMCS, 17 Second St.)
We encourage members to register online to save paper, postage, and to allow immediate response to your registration request.

Important notes:
  • Please register promptly! Registrations are accepted in the order they are received, and must be accompanied by payment. Some classes fill quickly and are on a first- come, first-served basis, so you may list a second choice if you are not registering online. Catalogs are sent first to Senior College members, next to others on the mailing list, and then distributed at various appropriate places locally. If you wish extra catalogs for other clubs, locations, call to let us know.
  • Most of our classes have handy, free, non-permit parking. If you have a class at the University of Maine in Orono, a visitor parking slip will be emailed to you prior to the course start. At this time we do not have the parking permit application application available online. There is no fee for the permit, but failure to use it may result in a parking ticket. 
Then what happens?
Confirmation of your class assignment, and its location, will be sent by email about ten days prior to the beginning of the semester, so be sure you've checked your spam/junk emails to not miss it. An alert will be on the website letting you know emails have gone out. Just wait for your course(s) to begin, and enjoy!

A few more details:
This is learning for the fun of it. With a few exceptions (like literature courses), there is no homework in our courses. No exams, no attendance requirements, no pressure! Occasionally there are field trips, and usually members carpool.
If you have questions about membership or course registration, leave a message at
207-659-1359. Someone will call you back promptly.