Consistent with CSULB directives in response to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, OLLI will not offer face-to-face classes or events at any of our regular locations. We will hold ONLINE classes for Winter 2021.
- Register now for classes that are not filled!
- Classes start online on January 4.
- Join us using Zoom Links that are emailed to enrolled members.
We will continue to communicate with you through email and our website. If you do not have internet capability or have further questions, please contact Dr. Barbara White or leave a message at the OLLI office 562.985.8237
Please protect yourself and your families and friends by following all safety precautions during this unprecedented time in our country’s history, so that we may all be together again in the near future.
Welcome to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSULB
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at California State University Long Beach (CSULB) is a center in the College of Health and Human Services. With the exception of our Executive Director, Office Administrator, and one part-time assistant, OLLI at CSULB is operated totally by volunteers, from Instructors to committees and clerical work. There are four eight-week sessions each year. Classes are typically ninety-minute periods and meet one day a week. Classes are held Monday through Saturday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.
In "normal sessions", OLLI offers 80-95 widely varied non-credit courses of interest to persons 50 years of age or older. There is no academic prerequisite for membership or to participate in the classes, just a desire to learn. In addition to classes on campus, other classes have been offered in community locations such as downtown Long Beach, at the American Gold Star Manor, the Long Beach Bridge Center, and at the Alpert Jewish Community Center. We average about 1800 members and are looking forward to our 25th year at CSULB.
OLLI at CSULB would like to thank Mr. Bernard Osher, Barbro Osher, and the Bernard Osher Foundation for their generous support of our mission to provide quality educational opportunities throughout the life span. This foundation, based in San Francisco, supports 124 University/College-based, lifelong learning programs for adults fifty years of age or older throughout the United States.
OLLI first offered classes in October 1996 as Senior University at California State University Long Beach (CSULB). Then, as now, the goal was to provide an environment for older adults to fulfill the desire to never stop learning. Fifty students enrolled in that first session. Within one year, there were 450 members.
In 2006, in recognition of generous support provided by the Bernard Osher Foundation, Senior University became the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), a Center in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at CSULB. Because of demonstrated success, the Osher Foundation provided what is now a $2 million endowment to ensure permanent support for our program.
OLLI at CSULB provides educational opportunities, encourages an active lifestyle, and promotes social opportunities for older adults. We celebrate the positive aspects of aging through a community that fosters personal growth, promotes individual empowerment, and nurtures human potential through lifelong learning.