About OLLI at UA

OLLI is a year-round, member-centered, member-led, program catering to mature adults. Member participation and volunteerism are the fuels for the success of OLLI at UA. This academic cooperative provides opportunities to learn new things, make friends, travel, and embrace life.

Mission Statement

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The University of Alabama is a member-directed organization that provides adults social, educational, travel, and leadership opportunities. An inclusive, welcoming, and volunteer program, OLLI focuses on lifelong learning and socialization.

The Importance of Lifelong Learning

Besides broadening your knowledge, research has shown that adults who stay active intellectually are also healthier and more socially balanced. Other studies suggest keeping your brain busy helps fight off the effects of age on memory and perception and may possibly slow the development of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.


OLLI offers educational courses as well as entertainment through classes, bonus sessions, field trips, socials, special events, and travel. Courses cover a wide range of topics and are taught by volunteers who share their knowledge and passions. You’ll find no homework, no grades, no required degrees, or an age threshold. Check out our catalog to view courses that might interest you!

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