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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Bernard Osher Foundation?

The Bernard Osher Foundation, headquartered in San Francisco, was founded in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a respected businessman and community leader. The Foundation seeks to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts.

The Foundation supports a national lifelong learning network for seasoned adults. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, operating on the campuses of 119 institutions of higher education from Maine to Hawaii and Alaska, have a National Resource Center at Northwestern University. 

In addition, the Foundation benefits programs in integrative medicine in the United States and Sweden, including centers at the University of California, San Francisco; Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston; the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm; Northwestern University; and Vanderbilt University. Additional information can be found HERE.

What is OLLI at Vanderbilt?

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Vanderbilt University is an inclusive group that strives to represent the greater Nashville community with stimulating intellectual and cultural noncredit courses, programs, and trips for adults over 50, regardless of educational background.

How much do courses cost?

Courses are priced individually. Fees can be found on the schedule-at-a-glance and in the course descriptions of the course catalog. 

Is financial assistance available?  

Scholarship information can be found HERE.

How do I retrieve my user name or password to register online? 

Please call the office at 615-343-1130 to inquire about your username or to have your password reset.

Are there homework assignments or exams? 

There are no exams or grades; however, there might be recommended reading assignments. Occasionally, a professor may give an assignment in one of our smaller classes to enhance the learning experience.

How much do Lunch and Learn sessions cost? 

Our “Lunch and Learn” sessions provide a lecture on a specific topic and are free to all members. An optional lunch is provided prior to the lecture for a $10 fee. Reservations are required for both the lecture and the box lunch.

Who teaches OLLI at Vanderbilt courses? 

Our courses are taught by a wide variety of faculty. The majority are current or retired Vanderbilt professors, but there are also many who come from other educational institutions, government and business. 

Where do I park for classes? 

Detailed instructions for parking at each location will be mailed with your course confirmation packet. In some instances, we will provide a shuttle from a parking location to the class. Look for a shuttling icon in the schedule-at-a-glance and in the course description to determine if shuttling is available. 

Will classes be held during inclement weather? 

It is rare that we cancel class, but if a class (or event) is cancelled due to inclement weather, it will be posted on the OLLI at Vanderbilt website by 8:00 a.m. the morning of the event. The official policy regarding class cancellations can be found on our Policies and Procedures page.


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