Third Age University (TAU)

The concept of the "Third Age" views life in 4 stages. The 3rd stage is retirement or the "third age" where an individual participates in activities to fulfill oneself by being engaged educationally, physically, and maintaining healthy social relationships.
  • First Age - of infancy and dependency.
  • Second Age - of professional development and care giving.
  • Third Age - of personal enrichment and pursuit of intellectual and leisure activities.
  • Fourth Age - of dependency.

WSC Membership

After reading the array of ongoing TAU classes and events available at WSC your next step is to get involved and enjoy the benefits of membership. Some classes, card groups, and clubs are free but we still ask that you sign up for a membership to access all that Whitney has to offer.
Annual Membership: $50 per person*
*City of St. Cloud and other participating communities are offering a resident "buy down" to $10 per person. Ask if your community is participating at time of purchase.

What Comprises the Third Age University (TAU)

TAU is based on the academic model that WSC is a campus for lifelong learning and conducts its programs with its own unique format and focus. TAU offers classes, seminars, discussion groups and programs that draw upon the lifetime of experiences and knowledge that participants will continue to explore into their 'Third Age.'
Humanities Discussion Group
Ongoing Classes
Whitney Senior Center's ongoing classes take place throughout the year, and offer something for everyone! The classes are set up for participants to jump into any class at any time with out worrying about not being able to follow. All of our TAU instructors are ready to help each student feel comfortable at any level of participation. To find out more about the ongoing classes at Whitney, please see the Whitney Time course catalog.

One-time Classes

Classes that are not ongoing have a start and end date, and typically require pre-registration. Although they are called "one-time" classes, many are offered more than once throughout the year. To see the myriad of these classes offered at Whitney, please see the Whitney Time course catalog.


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