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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

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Bernard Osher

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is a nonprofit organization established to improve the quality of life for adults over 50 years of age through higher education and the arts. OLLI at CSUSM was established in 2004 and is one of 119 Lifelong Learning Institutes supported by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Osher provides a wide array of relaxed courses taught by university professors and experts in their respective fields. The program aims to keep learners intellectually active and socially engaged with like-minded peers. There are no tests or grades and the program is open to all older adults regardless of previous educational achievements. Lifelong learners come together for the pure joy of learning. If you’d like to renew your enthusiasm for learning, explore new interests and make new friends, OLLI is for you!

Osher Programs at CSUSM

Class Locations in Your Area

How To Register

By Phone

760-750-4020 or 800-500-9377


By Mail

Send your check or money order to:
CSUSM Extended Learning
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096
Attention: Osher

Registration Form  

Types of Membership and Membership Fees

Membership is required to participate in our program. Both membership options are valid from 7/1/2016 - 6/30/2017. Osher member benefits include access to 100+ courses offered annually, free intersession discussion groups, CSUSM library privileges, special events and discounts on select noncredit Extended Learning courses.

General Member

Pay $20 membership and then pay as you go for courses and trips. Prices vary depending on length of course.

Annual Member

Pay $425 and select an unlimited number of courses from 100+ offerings throughout the year (excludes destination learning, wine fees, entrance to museums, art supplies, etc.).

OLLI Staff

Sherie Cambra

Program Administrator

JoAnne Mendez

Program Coordinator

Instructor Biographies

For a complete list of instructor biographies, please visit

Your Support Matters!

Help us sustain this vibrant community of learners now and in the future.

Please consider giving to Osher so we can continue providing an outstanding, easily accessible and reasonably priced program. There are many ways to give and your donations are tax deductible, secure and private. Your support will help to ensure the continued success of our program!

Ideas for Giving Back to Your Osher Lifelong Learning Institute:

  • Donate in Honor or Memory of a Friend or Loved One
  • Osher Member Scholarships
  • Instructor Support
  • Institute Operations
  • Create an Endowed Fund
  • Set Up a Gift or Bequest Through Your Estate Plan

Thank you in advance for your support.

To make your gift today, please call 760-750-4400 or visit

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Thanks to Ed and Isobel for their generous donation in memory of their friend and former Osher member, Charlie Blanchard.

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In lieu of gifts, Glenda asked that her friends and family give to Osher in honor of her birthday. Thank you, Glenda!

Volunteer Opportunities Available!

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John Sawtelle has served as a classroom ambassador for over 10 years and even facilitates intersession discussion groups voluntarily. Way to go, John!


Help make a difference by becoming an OLLI volunteer.

We serve close to 500 members and continue to grow. We would not be able to provide these high-quality classes and services without the work and support of our dedicated volunteers. Please consider joining us as a classroom ambassador, by distributing catalogs in the community or by supporting special projects. For more information, please contact JoAnne Mendez at or 760-750-8613.

We look forward to hearing from you!