Renaissance Academy

Attention: On campus Fall 2020 classes and all fall term events have been canceled. To reach the Renaissance Academy during this time, and to inquire about any virtual fall course offerings it is recommended to email For information about SXU's status, please visit the Coronavirus web page.

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.