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Academic Calendar 2021

Holiday Session 2021
December 14 & 15, 2021


Please note that our office and the USF campus closes during the winter holidays (December 20 – January 3). We will return to the office on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.


Winter Session 2022
Classes Begin – Monday, January 10
Classes End - Thursday, March 3
Make-Up Week – March 7-10
Holidays (no classes):
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday – Monday, January 17
Presidents’ Day Holiday – Monday, February 21


Spring Session 2022
Courses Released and Enrollment begins on March 14, 2021
Classes Begin – Monday, May 2
Classes End - Thursday, June 23
Make-Up Week – June 27-30
Holidays (no classes):
USF Commencement – Thursday, May 19
Memorial Day Holiday – Monday, May 30
Juneteenth Holiday – Monday, June 20

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About The Fromm Institute

Since 1976, the Fromm Institute has encouraged persons, age 50 and older, from all walks of life, to engage their minds in academic pursuits. We invite you to join us as you discover what our lifelong learning program is all about.


Our Mission

The Fromm Institute, a "University within a University," stages daytime courses for retired adults over 50 years of age. Founded by Alfred and Hanna Fromm in 1976, the Institute offers intellectual stimulation and introduces its members to a wide range of college level learning opportunities with access to the facilities and services at the University of San Francisco.


The Institute has a firm commitment to learning, believing that older students should be able to learn within a peer setting and be taught by emeritus professors of their own age. The Fromm Institute welcomes people regardless of previous academic achievement or their ability to pay a modest membership fee.



As an independent, non-profit program on the USF campus, The Fromm Institute appeals to its members and to a broader philanthropic community for the financial support of its mission. This San Francisco "original" serves hundreds of older students each day, and includes thousands among its lifelong learning student body and alumni.

Support The Fromm Institute

Membership fees collected cover just over half of our program costs. As an independent non-profit at USF, the Fromm Institute reimburses the University of San Francisco for the use of all campus resources. We rely on the generous financial support of the community. Won’t you please help? Contributions to the Fromm Institute can be made through the Friends of the Fromm Institute.