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Welcome to OLLI

Welcome to OLLI!

At OLLI there are no exams or grades and readings are always optional. We invite you to delve into subjects you may have been interested in for years, but simply didn’t have the time to study. You’ll also get to meet and mingle with mature adults who share your interests as well as those with different perspectives. You’ll build new and rewarding friendships. Our dynamic learning community is full of diversity, insight, wisdom and intellectual stimulation. Come enjoy lively conversations, share opinions and discover new ideas!


OLLI membership gives you access to a variety of fun programs and events throughout the year at just $75. Your annual membership runs from July 1 through June 30 and includes a Palm Desert Campus parking permit. Take as many or as little courses as you'd like and pay by the course. Six-week courses are $50 each, three-week courses are $30 each and one-week courses are $10 each. You will also have access to member-only events, travel programs, and university programs/discounts. Truly a great value!

Additionally, an OLLI membership offers you opportunities to:

Continue learning: You're never too old to learn. Explore a wide variety of topics as you engage intellectually, challenge your thinking and build your knowledge.

Participate in interesting discussions: Become part of a dynamic learning community that's full of diversity, insight, wisdom and intellectual stimulation. Enjoy lively conversations, share opinions and discover new ideas.

Meet new people: Meet and mingle with mature adults who share your interests and those with very different perspectives. You'll build new and rewarding friendships.

Join or Renew Your Membership


Teach for OLLI

If you are current or retired faculty or have an area of expertise that you are passionate about, let’s talk. We’re always interested in offering new courses. The first step is to submit a course proposal and your resume.

To submit a course proposal, please complete the Course Proposal Form by clicking the button below:

Teach for OLLI

Volunteer for OLLI

In addition to taking fascinating courses and participating in fun events, many of our members also volunteer. There are lots of flexible options to share your time and talents in a way that meets your interests and schedule. We rely on the active engagement and leadership of our members. Please consider where you might fit in.


Donate to OLLI

Your Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a financially self-supporting program that does not receive any state funding. Membership fees and endowment interest are our largest sources of revenue, but they still don't cover our full operating costs. We rely on the generosity of our members to keep the program thriving and affordable. Making a financial gift is one way to appreciate the impact OLLI has had on your life in retirement. Your gift will help ensure the long-term sustainability of the enriching educational and social programming that touches the lives of so many seniors throughout the Coachella Valley. Your gift ensures that OLLI has: 

  • the capacity to expand and adjust to changing needs 
  • the staff to provide a high level of service for all members and instructors 
  • the space and ability to serve lifelong learners throughout the Coachella Valley 
  • the resources to be innovative and entrepreneurial, whatever the economic climate

Please consider a gift to OLLI at a level that is comfortable for you. Your support matters and is greatly appreciated.

Make a Gift to OLLI


We strive to provide the best programming possible and understand that each individual will have different capabilities. Listed below are a variety of resources that are available to our members to help them in their learning experiences. 

Online Learning Resources

Don't feel confident in your ability to participate in a course on Zoom? Check out the link below to access tools and resources that could help you have a better online learning experience!

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Types of OLLI Classes

We offer a variety of courses that are available in-person, online and hybrid. This past year, we even introduced instructor live-stream. Each course listing will detail what type of class it is. To learn more about each format, click the link below. 

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Classroom Etiquette

OLLI is a community of diverse members from a variety of backgrounds who share a love of learning. Our learning community follows principles of courtesy and mutual respect that promote civil intellectual discourse. Please help us maintain a positive learning environment by following a few guidelines.

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Though most courses are held at the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus on Cook St., some courses are offered at an off-campus location. Please check course listing carefully for the location. Parking permits are required at all times at the Palm Desert Campus. As an OLLI member, an annual parking permit is included with your membership and can be picked up in the OLLI office or during your first week of class. 

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