The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at California State University, San Bernardino was created at the Palm Desert Campus in 2003. Our OLLI program provides intellectually stimulating programming for the large and growing 50+ population in the Coachella Valley, both full-time residents and seasonal visitors.
The wide variety of courses in the arts and humanities, natural sciences and social sciences offer many options for members to expand their interests and keep their minds sharp. Courses are taught by current or retired university professors, or accomplished professionals with significant expertise in their field. Osher membership is also a great way to build a strong social network of interesting friends.
Research supports the claim that lifelong learning has a significant impact on quality of life for older adults. Read more about the research.
Bernard Osher Foundation
The Bernard Osher Foundation was established in 1977 to support a wide range of educational and cultural activities. The Foundation seeks to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts, and provides funding to Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at over 100 universities in all 50 states. Each Osher program provides a distinctive array of non-credit courses and activities specifically developed for seasoned adults aged 50 and older who are interested in learning for the pure joy of it. The Foundation also provides support to the National Resource Center for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at Northwestern University.
"The Osher Institute has expanded my areas of interest and enriched my life with new experiences."
-Patsy Crouser Osher member since 2014