College towns great places to retire
Most colleges and universities have a continuing education division that frequently offers classes and special programs for retirees, sometimes with free or low-cost admission.
In Columbus, Ohio, Ohio State University's program lets residents ages 60 or older audit noncredit classes at no charge, if space allows.
The Bernard Osher Foundation supports nearly 120 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, or OLLI, at U.S. colleges and universities, with programs designed for those 50 and older. Classes are all about learning just for fun -- no homework or tests -- and there are usually lots of field trips.
The OLLI at the University of Texas in Austin (No. 5 on the TopRetirements.com list of the "100 best retirement towns" and No. 2 on Money's list of the "Best cities to live in") has five different membership programs. A new addition launching in fall 2010, called UT NOVA, has a curriculum that includes a seminar on the humor of Noel Coward and a lecture titled "Everything you want to know about memory but forgot to ask." At the University of Georgia in Athens, the OLLI program offers a wide range of courses, from "Great books" to "Facebook."