The Institute for Retired People, (IRP) started at University College of Syracuse University in 1972, provides opportunities for retired people to stay intellectually active, discover new interests and make new acquaintances. Twice each month, members of IRP get together to hear speakers on a variety of topics and share views. Subjects for programs have included public and community events, political and social issues, fine arts, science, and the environment. Presentations are made by Syracuse University faculty and specialists within the community.



Meetings are held on every first and third Thursday of the month from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Members may bring their own lunches—Syracuse University provides coffee, tea, and cookies. Sessions are held at First Baptist Church of Syracuse, 5833 East Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville. Plenty of adjacent parking is available in the church parking lot. The location is easily accessible from Brighton Avenue and from Route 481. Driving Directions (PDF/7k)  are available for download.

Special Activities

Several times each year members may take part in special activities such as day trips, tours, and luncheons.


The Institute welcomes all retired persons and their spouses. The only criteria for membership are an inquisitive mind and an interest in continuing learning. Our members include engineers, marketing consultants, homemakers, administrators of higher education, teachers, salespersons, clerks, librarians, volunteers, architects, chemists, and many others. The result is an interesting and heterogeneous mixture, leading to lively and informative discussions. You may complete and return the Registration Form (PDF/4mb)  by mail, or bring it with you to an IRP meeting.

Guests are welcome at the Institute. Please feel free to extend an invitation to someone who may be considering becoming a member or who is particularly interested in a given program topic. If you would like to attend a meeting or two before you decide on Institute membership, please do so. New members may join the Institute at any time during the year.

For further information, please call or write:

University College of Syracuse University
700 University Avenue
Syracuse, New York 13244-2530
Telephone: 315.443.4846