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OLLI at Northwestern

Membership

Join our unique learning community.

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 Theater Day, 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.

OLLI Memberships are available for purchase prior to each session during the registration period. You can purchase them online through the OLLI Online Registration System. If you have any questions please contact the OLLI office.

OLLI Online Registration System

 

 

Membership Options


All-Inclusive Annual Membership

(Available in fall)

Our All-Inclusive Membership is perfect for people who want to take advantage of the entire Osher Lifelong Learning experience for the full academic year. 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

Prorated All-Inclusive Annual Membership 

(Available in spring)

Our prorated All-Inclusive Membership is perfect for people joining in the spring 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 spring and summer for a total of 6 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.

Spring, summer 3 study groups per session for a total of 6 study groups $282.50

Basic Annual Membership 

(Available in fall)

The Basic Annual 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 $105 each.

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

Prorated Basic Annual Membership

(Available in spring)

The Prorated Basic Annual Membership is the perfect membership for people joining in spring 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 spring. 

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 session for $105 each. Note: if you are considering joining us for summer as well, the Prorated All-Inclusive Annual Membership would be more cost-effective.

Spring                 1 study group in the spring                                                                   $199.50

Trial Membership 

(Available only to new members, one semester only, available in fall or spring)

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 only.  If purchased in the fall, this membership entitles you to one study group in the fall semester and one study group in the winter session. If purchased in the spring, this membership entitles you to one study group in the spring semester and one study group in the summer session. It may be purchased one time only.

Fall and winter or spring and summer 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

Winter or Summer Membership 

(Available in winter or summer only)

This is a single session rate. If purchased for winter it entitles you to take up to 2 study groups during the 4 week winter session. If purchased for summer it entitles you to take up to 2 study groups during the 4 week summer session.

Winter session or summer session 2 study groups in the winter session OR 2 study groups in the summer session $105

 

 

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, Theater Day, Outside OLLI
  • Workshop training in how to lead and participate in good discussions
  • OLLI E-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.
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