The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USF (OLLI-USF) is a membership-based organization of adults age 50+ who come together to form a community of learners. Our mission is to provide intellectual stimulation, social interaction, service opportunities, and outreach to the university and the greater community.
It is our vision to be a world-class learning community, accessible to and meeting the needs of a diverse and growing population of older adults.We value:
• Supportive peer-group interaction
• Life experience
• Lifelong intellectual stimulation and growth
• Physical activity
• Social engagement
• Creative expression
• The joy of learning
• An inclusive attitude
There are no grades, no tests and no pressure in OLLI. We welcome every adult learner regardless of previous college experience.
OLLI-USF's roots go back to 1993 when we were the USF Division of Senior Programs and its constituent programs, SeniorNet and Learning in Retirement. In February of 2005 we changed our name to OLLI-USF after receiving the first of several gifts from The Bernard Osher Foundation, based in San Francisco. The Oshers, Bernard and Barbro, are philanthropists who have channeled their generosity into education, medicine and the arts.
The Bernard Osher Foundation developed a network of 121 lifelong learning programs at colleges and universities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Each program has the common thread of providing intellectually stimulating, non-credit learning opportunities specifically for "seasoned adults" age 50 and better. We are one of eight Florida OLLIs: USF, Eckerd College, University of Miami, University of North Florida, Florida International University, Florida State University, Florida Atlantic University and Ringling College.