Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

About OLLI at USM

About OLLI at USM





OLLI started as Senior College in 1997 at the University of Southern Maine. It began with a vision—a simple idea, really: to provide a stimulating program for older learners. Thanks to dedicated community and university leaders and volunteers, OLLI has now expanded into one of America’s fastest growing and leading programs in lifelong learning.


A very generous endowment gift from the Bernard Osher Foundation in 2000 encouraged expanded programming opportunities. In recognition of the Osher Foundation’s gift, the organization’s name was changed to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, or OLLI.


SAGE lectures are now housed in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the Wishcamper Center

 Now in its 27th year, SAGE at the University of Southern Maine provides academic lecture and discussion programs chosen by its members, in topic areas such as history, culture, the arts, geography, anthropology, and science. Using University and community resources, the SAGE program provides a format in which enthusiastic learners can discover new realms of intellectual challenge and academic pursuit.


SAGE lectures will be posted on the OLLI Courses and Lectures at USM page.




OLLI Online Registration Website & Instructions

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OLLI Online Registration Website & InstructionsPosted November 14, 2014 

It's here!  The OLLI Online registration system is ready!  Spring class registration will open on February 10 at 10 am

Enroll/Register click here


If you need assistance, here is a step-by-step set of instructions on how to set-up your online account for OLLI's new registration system.  It also explains how to add your current membership to the system so the database knows you are a current 2014-2015 OLLI member.

Step-by-step class registration instructions (for those who have created an account since November 17, 2014)

Step-by-step class and membership registration instructions (for those who are new to the online registration system)