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OLLI Fall 2023 Registration is now open!

OLLI is a unique learning community for adults age 50 years old or better. OLLI offers the very best continuing education with no tests and no grades. Distinguished SSU faculty and other Bay Area educators enjoy sharing their expertise with OLLI students, whose life experience and curiosity enrich the exchange of ideas.

OLLI at SSU, now in its 20th year, is one of over 100 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes nationwide. The program is supported by OLLI student fees, donations, and the earnings on an initial endowment generously provided by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Joining OLLI at SSU means discovering new friends, new knowledge, and new ways to bring meaning and enjoyment to your life. Courses are taught in six week, three week, and single (2  hour) sessions (Fall, Winter, and Spring).  Summer single course offerings are also available.   Areas of study range across many subjects:

  • Arts
  • Contemporary Issues
  • Food & Wine
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social & Political History
  • World Cultures



A Letter from President Lee

December 2022

Welcome to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) of Sonoma State University!

As part of the School of Extended and International Education, OLLI expands higher education beyond our degree-seeking students, so that members of the public-at-large can participate in the Sonoma State campus experience.

There are many fascinating course topics being offered this year, from Folk Singers to the Bay Area Economy, as well as forays into literature, history, medicine, and political science, just to name a few. The depth and breadth of the courses featured in the pages of this catalog reflect Sonoma State’s commitment to learning as a way of life. There are so many ideas in the world to understand, so many rich historical artifacts and talented people to discover – and all of it enriching to our experience, especially with the flexibility of either being online or on our beautiful and relaxing campus.

I hope you are able to take advantage of the opportunities OLLI provides, and please feel free to recommend the Institute to friends and family. You can also help fund an OLLI scholarship by using the enclosed envelope. We look forward to welcoming you to the campus, and hope you enjoy your OLLI learning experience.


Mike Lee

Ming-Tung “Mike” Lee, Ph.D.
Sonoma State University


Online  & Phone Registration

  • Register online up until 5:00 p.m. two days before class at olli.sonoma.edu/registration
  • Register by phone up until 5:00 p.m. the day before the class: 707-664-2691 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).
  • ONLINE (ZOOM) classes: Registered students will receive email with class Zoom link the day before class starts.
  • IN PERSON classes: Registered students will receive an email the day before class starts with course location, directions, and parking information. There is a $5 daily parking fee at the SSU campus.
  • ​Course materials are available at: olli.sonoma.edu/course-materials

Online Class Participants

You will receive a Zoom link in an email the day before the start of each class you are registered for.  If your class starts on a Monday, you will receive your class Zoom link on Friday. Please contact us at 707-664-2691 or burrougg@sonoma.edu. if you have any problems accessing Zoom. Thank you.

New to Zoom?  Learn  how with the new OLLI "How To Zoom" video.