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About Osher Lifelong Learning


In 2004, Cal State San Marcos Extended Learning was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation to establish the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).  After growing the program and reaching 500 members, Extended Learning was endowed $1,000,000 to ensure the program’s continued growth.  OLLI provides mature learners (50 years and better) with an intellectually stimulating program of non-credit courses taught by Cal State San Marcos professors and other experts in their respective fields. The program recognizes that an active mind fosters a general sense of well-being and challenges learners to stay intellectually alive and socially aware.  The Osher Institute offers a “requirement free” environment that does not involve examinations or grades, and is open to all older adults regardless of previous educational achievements.  Lifelong Learners come together for the pure joy of learning!

OLLI at CSUSM offers more than thirty course selections during the fall, spring, and summer term.  We strive to make course locations convenient for our students and offer classes at 9 different venues throughout North County and Temecula.

If you are interested in connecting with a group of your peers who share common goals—to learn new things, travel and build upon personal experiences—OLLI is for you! 


The Bernard Osher Foundation, headquartered in San Francisco, was founded in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a respected businessman and community leader.  The Foundation seeks to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts.  The Foundation provides postsecondary scholarship funding to colleges and universities across the nation, with special attention to reentry students.  The Foundation also supports selected centers in integrative medicine at Harvard University, the University of California, San Francisco, and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.  In addition, the Foundation supports a growing national network of lifelong learning institutes for mature adults.  Each provides a distinctive array of non-credit courses and activities specifically developed for seasoned adults aged 50 or older who are interested in learning for the joy of learning. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, operating on the campuses of 119 colleges and universities from Maine to Hawaii, have a National Resource Center at the University of Southern Maine.