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Renaissance Academy


The Renaissance Academy is a collegial association of retired and semi-retired men and women who share learning experiences and intellectual growth in a friendly, relaxed, academic setting, regardless of educational background. Enrollment is open to all who believe in the importance of pursuing the Academy's life-long learning opportunities. Classes are peer-facilitated and include topics like philosophy, history, literature, current events, poetry and computer technology.

University Affiliation

Classrooms and some resources on campus are made available to Renaissance members as part of the Saint Xavier University community outreach initiative.

Membership Benefits

  • Participation in one to three Academy classes each term
  • Use of University library, lounges and café
  • Use of the Shannon Center track during class days
  • Special events and Speakers' Forum
  • Invitations to selected University events
  • Audit privileges for one University class with restrictions and approval


Individual Renaissance Academy members serve as class facilitators. They develop their own programs and choose program materials. Members are encouraged to volunteer their time so that the Academy may offer a broad selection of courses.

No testing or grading is included in the program; however, class participation provides the energy that makes the Academy a viable entity.

Class Schedules

The class schedule is broken down into three terms; eight-week Fall Term, six-week Winter Term and eight-week Spring Term. Classes meet Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.


Membership registration is only in the fall, beginning the last week in August to the middle of September. For exact dates call the Renaissance Office after August 15, and leave a message; someone will call you back with the information. You may also email Class registration is only open to members.

Early enrollment is encouraged because of limited class sizes. The Renaissance Academy is limited to 300 members and registration of the previous year's membership is given priority.


The individual member fee is $175 per year.

Fees are for the whole year. Fees do not cover individual class fees, such as the cost for required texts or fees to cover outside speakers or field trips.



Students of the Renaissance Academy may find the following forms and publications helpful.

Information for Members


Reimbursement Form (PDF)

For More Information

Contact the Renaissance Academy Office for more information. When calling, please leave a message and the volunteer staff will return your call. Please note there is no summer term. Messages left in the summer may not be immediately returned. You can also email


*The Renaissance Academy office is closed until further notice. Please do not visit campus at this time.*

The Renaissance Academy office is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays only from 1 to 2 p.m. and 3:15 to 3:30 p.m. when class is in session.

Warde Academic Center, Room L-214
3700 W. 103rd Street
Chicago, IL 60655