The popular Senior Citizens Go to College program will begin its 26th year at the University of St. Thomas this fall.

Under the program, people 55 and older are invited to participate in the school’s regular academic courses, on a space-available basis, along with the younger students. Courses are offered in dozens of major fields. Among the most popular are courses in history, art history, theology and foreign languages.

The older students may participate in class discussions but are not required to take exams or write papers. No college credit is earned.

Although no tuition is charged, senior citizens participating in the program are asked to pay any special lab, physical education, music or art fees. There is a $20 one-time-only registration fee, which is used to establish a permanent record for each participant.

Registration begins Monday, Aug. 21, and closes Friday, Sept. 1. Classes start Wednesday, Sept. 6, and end Friday, Dec. 15. Classes usually meet two or three times a week.

Registration is held at the Center for Senior Citizens’ Education, Room 309, Loras Hall; the number is (651) 962-5188.

The Center for Senior Citizens’ Education also offers one-to-one peer consultation services, and this semester a series of seven short courses dealing with Vatican II, Dante, Cuba, opera, history of the local archdiocese, foreign policy, and monks.

These short courses meet once a week for six to eight weeks and most sessions last about two hours. Many of the courses are taught by St. Thomas and College of St. Catherine faculty members. The cost per course ranges from $30 to $60. For more information, call the center at (651) 962-5188.