OLLI@UND in Grand Forks
Welcome to Lifelong Learning
- have a thirst for knowledge?
- enjoy learning and making new friends?
- want to be part of a learning community made of your peers?
Now, you can be part of OLLI and join others who share your passion for learning!
What Is OLLI?
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, or OLLI, at The University of North Dakota is supported by The Bernard Osher Foundation. OLLI@UND is a non-profit, membership organization with a simple philosophy: An active mind creates a sense of mental, physical and social well-being. It's a vibrant learning community of adults 50 years and better who want to continue a lifetime of learning with programs rich in content, shared interests, and life experiences.
OLLI@UND started in North Dakota on the UND campus in Grand Forks and also has an active location on the campus of Bismarck State College.
These programs are purely for enjoyment — no tests, grades, or need for prior college experience — just the chance to join your peers in the joy of learning and the many benefits it brings.
Who Can Join OLLI?
Mature learners who know that life is best enjoyed through learning! Individuals age 50 and better are invited to become members of OLLI. Whether you are working, retired, or semi-retired, you can be a part of OLLI. You do not need a college degree or even college experience to get involved. The only requirements for membership are a passion for learning, and a commitment to actively participate.
How Does OLLI Work?
OLLI@UND depends on active participation of its members to succeed. Participants in our growing membership provide suggestions that advise the OLLI staff in determining which courses to offer. We are limited only by our imaginations and our members' desires for the types of courses and activities OLLI offers. This means that you, the members, can design your own learning activities to suit your interests.
What Courses Are Offered?
Non-credit, face-to-face courses are offered during 3 semesters per year: fall, winter and summer. OLLI members choose from a variety of course topics and active educational experiences with no grades or tests.
Courses will be taught by current or retired professors, professionals from the local campus, and/or experts and professionals from the local community. Most courses are 2 hours in length each time they meet. Please read all dates and times carefully. Future course topics will be based on the recommendations from OLLI members.
You can provide your suggestions for future course offerings by completing the Have Ideas for OLLI form, the evaluation form at the end of each course, or by contacting Connie with UND at 701.777.4840.
Consider teaching for OLLI or become a volunteer discussion leader.
What is essential is an interest in an academic environment, the desire to participate actively in small seminars with your peers, and an open mind about sharing your ideas and experiences. This is an excellent way to help OLLI@UND offer more opportunities to its members, generate new members and help it become self-sustaining.