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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


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OLLI Fall 2024 Course Preview

The OLLI Fall Course Preview will be held on Thursday, August 8. RSVP to the course preview.

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New! Osher Online Courses

Osher Online courses are now available. Browse the catalog to view the courses.

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OLLI Summer 2024 Courses

Registrationis now open. View the Summer 2024 courses.

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Summer 2024

The OLLI winter session runs from July 10- 30, 2024.      

Registration Opens:  Wednesday,  June 5.

  • Register online or by phone by 5:00 p.m. at least two days before class at
  • ONLINE (ZOOM) classes: Registered students will receive email with class Zoom link the day before class starts. Please save the link that you receive. The Zoom link you receive will be the same link used for the duration of the course.
  • 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:

Online or Hyflex Class Participants

If you are enrolled in a Hyflex or online course, you will receive an email the day before the class starts with information to attend in-person or through Zoom. If your class starts on a Monday, you will receive your class Zoom link on Friday. Please contact us at 707-664-2691 or if you have any problems accessing Zoom. Thank you.

Upcoming Summer 2024 course offerings include: