Join our unique learning community.

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. 

Participation in the OLLI program is based on membership. Purchasing a membership allows you to join a given number of study groups in a session/semester (varies by membership level, see Membership Options below) as well as access lectures, workshops, enrichment opportunities and Northwestern benefits. 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. The membership types available vary depending on the time of year you are registering. Go here to view a chart illustrating which membership types are available during each registration period. If you have any questions please contact the OLLI office.  

Fall 2022 Membership purchase and registration is closed.

OLLI Online Registration System

 

 

Membership Options

 


Prime Membership

$650 Full Academic Year/$355 Half Academic Year

Our Prime Membership is perfect for people who want to take advantage of the entire Osher Lifelong Learning experience. The Full Academic Year option entitles you to take up to three study groups in the fall, winter, spring and summer for a total of 12 study groups.

  • A Great Value: Approximately $3/classroom hour.
  • Save $60 by purchasing a full vs. two half-year Prime memberships.

The Half Academic Year option entitles you to take three study groups in the fall and winter or spring and summer for a total of 6 study groups. 

Note: Half Academic Year memberships DO NOT include a Wildcard.

 


Standard Membership 

$575 Full Academic Year/$315 Half Academic Year

The Standard Membership is perfect for people who want to engage in a learning community but aren’t quite ready to participate at the Prime membership level. The Full Academic Year option entitles you to take up to two study groups in the fall, winter, spring and summer for a total of 8 study groups.

  • A Great Value: Approximately $4/classroom hour.
  • Save $55 by purchasing a full vs. two half-year Standard memberships.

The Half Academic Year option entitles you to take two study groups in the fall and winter or spring and summer for a total of 4 study groups. 

Note: Half Academic Year memberships DO NOT include a Wildcard.

 


Basic Membership 

$450 Full Academic Year/ $255 Half Academic Year

Working part-time? This is the ideal membership for you. The Full Academic Year option entitles you to take one study group in the fall, winter, spring and summer for a total of 4 study groups.

  • A Great Value: Approximately $6/classroom hour.
  • Save $60 by purchasing a full vs. two half-year Basic memberships.

The Half Academic Year option entitles you to take one study group in the fall and winter or spring and summer for a total of 2 study groups.

Note: Half Academic Year memberships DO NOT include a Wildcard.

 


Trial Membership

$205 Half Academic Year (available only to new members, half year 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 only and, if purchase for the fall,  entitles you to take one study group in the fall and winter for a total of 2 study groups. It may be purchased one time only. The Trial Membership is also available for purchase in the winter (for 1 winter and 1 spring study group), or in the spring (for 1 spring and 1 summer study group). It is not available for purchase in the summer.

Note: Trial memberships DO NOT include a Wildcard.

 

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 and social gatherings
  • 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 copying of study group material
  • Access to Northwestern Library and Online Databases

Prime, Standard and Basic Full Year Memberships also receive a University student Wildcard ID with the following privileges:

  • Access to Northwestern Library and Online Databases with borrowing privileges
  • Free campus and intercampus shuttles
  • Reduced rates to audit School of Professional Studies classes after one full year of active OLLI membership (as determined by the OLLI director)
  • Affiliate rates to join the University campus athletic facilities
  • Student discounts

 

Scholarships

Full and partial scholarships are available during fall and spring terms, and awards are strictly confidential. Please contact Kari Fagin at kari.fagin@northwestern.edu to request a scholarship application. Applications are due at least 10 days prior to the first day of registration for each term.  OLLI member donations help support OLLI scholarships.
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