Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Northwestern University

Rethink Learning

Membership

Membership in OLLI offers a unique learning community that is life enriching, offering opportunities to engage with new people and actively participate in intellectually stimulating study groups. Beyond OLLI study groups are a wide range of extra-curricular activities that also provide meaningful intellectual and social engagement. Events such as One Book/One OLLI, Theater Day, Poetry Fest, Inside OLLI, OLLI Eats Out and special lectures enrich the OLLI experience. OLLI offers a variety of membership options. Choose a membership level that best fits your lifestyle.

Membership Options

All-Inclusive Annual Membership

Our All-Inclusive Membership is perfect for people who want to take advantage of the entire Osher Lifelong Learning experience. This membership entitles you to take up to three study groups in the fall, winter, spring and summer for a total of 12 study groups. Members at this level can add one extra study group for $60 per semester. Study group coordinators are entitled to take a fourth study group at no charge. This membership includes the Northwestern WildCARD ID, full access to Northwestern University libraries and online databases, reduced rates to audit School of Professional Studies courses (after one full year of membership), free access to campus computer labs, free intercampus shuttles and student discounts.

  • Fall, winter, spring, summer
  • 3 study groups per session for a total of 12 study groups
  • $565

Basic Annual Membership

The Basic Membership is the perfect membership for people who want to engage in a learning community but aren't quite ready to participate at the full membership level. Working part time? This is the ideal membership option. Members at this level can take one study group in the fall and one study group in the spring for a total of 2 study groups. Basic members can add one additional fall study group for $150. This membership includes the Northwestern WildCARD ID, full access to Northwestern University libraries and online databases, reduced rates to audit School of Professional Studies courses (after one full year of membership), free access to campus computer labs, free intercampus shuttles and student discounts. You can participate in the summer and winter sessions for $99 each.

  • Fall and spring
  • 1 study group per semester for a total of 2 study groups
  • $399

Single Semester Rate

Do you leave Chicago's winter behind? This single semester rate is an ideal option for people who cannot participate in OLLI year round. The single semester rate entitles you to take up to 3 study groups during a single semester. You can participate in either the summer or winter sessions for $99 each.

  • Fall or spring
  • 3 study groups
  • $370

Trial Membership (available only to new members, one semester only) 

Our Trial Membership is the perfect "get acquainted" level for individuals who are interested in seeing what OLLI has to offer. This special rate is for first time members and entitles you to one study group in the fall semester and one study group in the winter session. It may be purchased one time only. In the spring, you can upgrade your special Trial Membership to either a Basic Membership for an additional $180 or All-Inclusive Membership for $280. First time members can also become a Trial Member in the spring semester and enjoy one study group in the spring and one study group in the summer.

  • Fall and winter
  • 1 study group in the fall and 1 study group in the winter OR 1 study group in the spring and one study group in the summer
  • $155

Member Benefits

"Curiosity Never Retires" is OLLI's slogan. When you become a member of our lifelong learning community, you'll have a lot of fun in an intellectually stimulating atmosphere, and you'll meet many very interesting people along the way. In fact, many OLLI members remark that they came to learn, but in the process acquired a whole new set of friends.

All OLLI members enjoy:

  • Intellectually stimulating study groups with engaging peers
  • A variety of extra-curricular activities such as special lectures, One Book/One OLLI, Theater Day, Fantastic Fridays, Outside OLLI
  • Workshop training in how to lead and participate in good discussions
  • OLLI E-News Newsletter
  • Notices about Northwestern campus activities of interest to OLLI
  • An opportunity to participate in the governance of OLLI through the Advisory Council and its Committees
  • Occasional travel/study opportunities
  • Free use of OLLI copy machines for your study groups

All Inclusive and Basic Levels of Membership also receive a University student WildCARD ID with the following privileges:

  • Full access to seven libraries with over four million books
  • Free campus and intercampus shuttles
  • Reduced rates to audit up to two School of Professional Studies courses per academic year after one full year of active OLLI membership (as determined by the OLLI director)
  • Affiliate rates to join the University campus athletic facilities

Scholarships

Full and partial scholarships are available, and awards are strictly confidential. Please contact Kirsty Montgomery, OLLI Director, at 312-503-5404 to request a scholarship application. OLLI member donations support the Scholarship Fund.