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Emeritus Institute:

Emeritus Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Emeritus Institute?

The Emeritus Institute is part of Irvine Valley College's Extended Education Department. The Emeritus Institute reinforces the importance of lifelong learning by providing intellectual activity, critical thinking and creative expression for older adults. Courses are developed to stimulate participants' intellectual and personal growth and to benefit their daily lives - personally, socially, culturally, economically and environmentally. While these courses meet the college's academic standards, they are not degree-applicable.

Where is the Emeritus Institute office located?

The office is located at our satellite campus in Tustin.  The School of Integrated Design, Engineering and Automation (IDEA) at the Advanced Technology and Education Park (ATEP).

Room 205 (second floor)
1624 Valencia Ave.
Tustin, CA 92782

How do I get information about the Emeritus Institute?

Information can be found by going to the Emeritus website,, inquiries can be made by email, or by phone 949-367-8343.

Where are classes held?

Classes are held at off-site locations in Lake Forest, Laguna Beach, Irvine and Tustin

Who takes Emeritus classes?

Emeritus classes are designed to meet the educational interests of older adults; however, all students (regardless of age) are welcome to participate.

When do classes begin?

Classes are offered three times per year.

  • Fall semester (August through December)
  • Spring semester (January through May)
  • Summer semester (May through August)

Where can I get a schedule?

Class schedules are available online,, senior centers, local libraries and at Irvine Valley College.  The brochure is mailed out three times per year. If you do not receive and would like too, please email and ask to be added to the mailing list.  

If I enroll in a class, does this make me a college student?

Yes, you are an official college student by enrolling in Emeritus classes.

How do I become a student of the Emeritus Institute?

First you will need to fill out an application to become a student.  Please call (949) 367-8343 or email  the Emeritus Institute to request a paper application.  Once you have submitted the application and received your student identification number, you will be able to register.

How do I register for an Emeritus class?

The registration process occurs three times per year (fall, spring, and summer).  You register through MySite,  MySite registration is date and time specific. You will need to log into your individual MySite account for your specific date and time to register.  Students cannot register prior to their appointment. You can check registration dates by going to

Do I receive credit for taking Emeritus classes?

No, Emeritus classes are non-credit and non-transferable.


Debbie Vanschoelandt
Dean, Career and Continuing Education, and Integrated Design, Engineering and Automation (IDEA)

Debby Snyder
Sr. Admin. Assistant, Extended Education

Office Hours
M – TH: 7:30 am – 6 pm
F: Closed
Closed on weekends and campus holidays.

T: 949-367-8343

Office Location

Room 205 (second floor)
1624 Valencia Ave.
Tustin, CA 92782