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Osher Institute at William & Mary

Non-credit continuing education for people ages 50 and better

Early registration for the Fall semester opens on August 5

Preview the Fall 2024 Course Offering

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at William & Mary is a membership of people — mostly ages 50+ — from a variety of backgrounds with an abundance of knowledge, wisdom and curiosity. We share a common interest in continuing our learning experiences and intellectual stimulation. There are no tests or grades. Members participate purely for the joy of learning. 

Lifelong learning at W&M — that is, a continuing education program directed to seasoned adults — was established at William & Mary in 1991 as the Christopher Wren Association. The program was designated as an Osher Institute in 2018.  

The Osher Institute at W&M is self-sustaining and supported in part through an endowment from The Bernard Osher Foundation as well as membership fees and fundraising efforts. Consultative and communications support is available through the National Resource Center for OLLIs based at Northwestern University in Chicago.  

The Osher Institute at William & Mary is one of 125 Osher Institutes located across the United States at prestigious universities and colleges. There is at least one OLLI in every state of the Union; Virginia has five Osher Institutes. They are located at George Mason University, Hampton University, University of Richmond, University of Virginia and William & Mary. 

Are you ready to join our vibrant community of lifelong learners? Whether as a member, instructor and/or volunteer, you are sure to find a welcoming, curious, diverse and energetic cohort of like-minded people here.  

Please join us.