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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Denver is an adult learning membership program designed for men and women age 50 and "better" who wish to pursue lifelong learning in a relaxed non-competitive atmosphere. We are proudly celebrating 20 years of providing stimulating classes at three OLLI sites in the Metro Denver area.

Thanks to the generosity of The Bernard Osher Foundation, OLLI at the University of Denver joins a network of more than 120 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes across the United States that are meeting the needs of older learners who want to learn simply for the joy of learning and personal fulfillment. Community education at an adult learning center helps imaginations thrive and OLLI at DU is an essential community education program.

Who are OLLI members?

OLLI members are actively involved in selecting the topics to be explored, and share their expertise and interests while serving as teachers and learners. Our members, from diverse backgrounds and professions, share the desire to stay intellectually active and engaged. There are no tests, no grades, no prerequisites, limited out-of-class assignments, and all class participation is voluntary. No one is a stranger for long at OLLI. Because everyone who joins has the same desire to learn in the company of peers, friendships are made easily. Be it in class, during coffee break, or at any of the annual social events, people gather together to enjoy casual conversation, share opinions, or just make plans for lunch.

What does OLLI offer?

Classes cover academic subjects in history, music, political science, writing, literature, philosophy, science, religion, global issues, and more. Workshops and seminars expand the OLLI academic curriculum for adults. Learning centers around Denver offer workshops where members participate in interactive study groups. Topics lend themselves to practical application and keeping the brain active, such as learning a foreign language. Seminars will cover topics relevant to our member's interest and concerns.

When are classes held?

Lifelong learning through OLLI meets for three eight-week terms during the year, from mid-September to mid-May. The fall session begins in mid-September, the winter term begins in mid-January, and the spring term at the end of March. Each class meets weekly for two hours either in the morning or afternoon for four, six, or eight week periods. Special events may take place during or between terms, as well as during the summer break.

Who teaches the classes?

Most discussion classes are facilitated by OLLI members who have the professional knowledge of, or a scholarly interest in, a subject. Some are lecture classes taught by retired faculty members, community and civic leaders, and independent scholars. Others may take place at a museum, artist's studio, or a theater where the resident professional teaches the class.

Membership Benefits

OLLI Members

  • Entitles you to take classes at any or all of the three OLLI locations (West, South, or Central)
  • Participation in as many classes, workshops and seminars as desired (space available)
  • Reduced price participation in OLLI sponsored events: The Summer Seminars of OLLI, "Hot Topic" Luncheons, International Symposium, and the "Weekend in the Rockies.
  • Receipt of the OLLI newsletter three times per year
  • Notice of non-advertised DU events (usually at no cost because of being affiliated with DU)
  • Invitations to annual social events
  • OLLI Membership Card that allows participation and discounts: The University of Denver benefits Community discounts
  • Use of the DU Library at Anderson Academic Commons
    • OLLI Members must show their OLLI Membership card
    • They may check out up to six (6) items
    • They receive complimentary day or monthly computer passes

What is the cost?

You become an OLLI member simply by paying $130 per term for unlimited classes (space available). Your membership fee is included with your tuition. You are an OLLI member for any given academic year if you enroll in a class during any of the three terms.

Additional costs?

Some OLLI activities and classes have an extra charge. Members are responsible for purchasing their own books. A materials fee may apply to some classes not requiring the purchase of a book. Are scholarships available?

Lifelong learning through community education is essential to growth and fulfillment, and we want OLLI memberships to be available to all who wish to participate. Limited and partial scholarships are available. Call the OLLI manager at this site you wish to attend to request a scholarship. All requests are confidential.

Here's what some of our students are saying about OLLI−where curiosity never retires!

"In an OLLI class, I can exercise my mind (such as it is) along with others doing the same. My classmates are great people, many of whom have become my friends. What's not to like?"
-Tom Hughes

OLLI Members, Tom Hughes

"With OLLI I am learning things I wish I had studied in school at a younger age. But now learning is with people who also enjoy acquiring knowledge in a fun, non-intimidating, relaxing environment. And there are no tests!"
-Fran Fraser

OLLI Members, Fran Fraser

"My version of senior learning compulsion: When I can't enroll in an OLLI course I'd like to take because of scheduling conflict, I go get the book or DVDs and do my best to reenact the class solo. It's not the same, but it shows that we have now reached the ultimate status of so many good courses, not enough time."
-Mary Meinig

OLLI Members, Mary Meinig

Where are classes held?

OLLI at DU currently has six convenient locations covering the Metro area:

OLLI Central
Central Christian Church
3690 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80209
Directions: Cherry Creek Drive South, between Colorado Blvd and University Blvd.

Harvest Bible Chapel
3651 South Colorado Blvd.
Englewood, CO 80113
Directions:Colorado Blvd, south of Hampden Ave., past First Plymouth Church

Ruffatto Hall - University of Denver
1999 East Evans Avenue
Denver, CO 80210
Directions: From University, turn west on Evans, NE corner of Evans Ave & High St

Jefferson Unitarian Church
14350 West 32nd Ave
Golden, CO 80401
Directions:I-70 & 32nd Avenue - west on 32nd approximately one mile from I-70 - past the round-about - one block on the left.

Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church
11500 West 20th Avenue
Lakewood, CO
Directions:6th Avenue west to Simms. Right (north) on Simms to 20th Avenue - right on 20th Avenue one block to Robb - right on Robb into parking lot.

OLLI South
Valley View Christian Church
11004 Wildfield Lane
Littleton, CO  80120
Directions:South from C470 on Santa Fe Dr to Titan Rd.Left over the overpass, left up the hill on Wildfield Lane.

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