Senior Bears


Senior Bears connects community members to the academic and cultural opportunities at Lenoir-Rhyne.

It’s open to all adults 55 and older and is a great way to take advantage of the many exciting opportunities at LR. Annual membership costs $100. Purchase your membership today to start taking advantage of this program.

Purchase a Senior Bears Membership

New in 2021-22


As a result of staffing and organizational changes, Senior Bears now has a new home and will be run out of the Office of Institutional Advancement, rather than the Office of Conferences and Events. In addition, we are announcing some exciting new changes.

  • After analyzing our data, we will simplify the membership levels and will now offer one membership level—rather than three—that maximizes the benefits available.
  • Now, all members will have access to auditing one undergraduate class per academic year. Previously, this benefit was limited to the professor and dean membership levels.
  • All members will receive four meals per year in the dining hall. Previously, this benefit was limited to the professor and dean membership levels.
  • Membership will now be offered on a running 12-month schedule, rather than starting on June 1 and expiring May 31. This provides more flexibility for prospective members to join any time during the year and get the most for their money.

Membership Benefits


  • Senior Bears ID Card
  • LR parking sticker
  • Access to and check-out privileges at the Rudisill Library
  • Use of LR pool during open swim hours (a $200 value)
    As of Nov. 1, open lap swim is available:

    • 8:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Monday
    • 8-11 a.m. Tuesday
    • 8:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Wednesday
    • 8-11 a.m. Thursday
    • 8-11 a.m. Friday
  • Complimentary copies of Profile magazine and other mailings
  • Option to audit one undergraduate course per academic year (a $690 value)
  • Four meals per year in the dining hall (a $40 value)