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Contact Osher at Mizzou

Email or call 573-882-8189.

To register for classes, call 573-882-8189.

Become an Osher Volunteer

Application here.

Make a gift. 
Support Osher's efforts.

Select the "Statewide Endowments " tab, and then select "Osher Lifelong Learning Institute".

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Important dates

  • Monday, June 1
    Summer session begins
  • Tuesday, Sept. 8
    Fall session begins


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Why Osher?  To create a preeminent community for retirees that:

  • Is educational
  • Creates social opportunities and networking
  • Is relevant in the lives and interests of members
  • Enhances self-worth
  • Enhances physical and mental health
  • Develops cognitive skills and life-skills
  • Affirms the value of the seniors in our community

Fall 2015

Join us for the Osher at Mizzou 2015 Fall Session. Course catalogs are anticipated in early August.  A listing of fall course titles is avaiable now, upon request.

Osher at Mizzou delivers courses designed to complement the interests, concerns and lifestyles of the over-50 adult. This program is brought to you by MU Extension and the Bernard Osher Foundation.

We are dedicated to making OLLI membership and participation affordable and accessible to Columbia area residents who wish to be involved. If you would like to request tuition assistance or require disability-related accommodations or special assistance, contact the Osher at Mizzou office at or by calling 573-882-8189.

If you wish to make a gift to support our programs (including our scholarship fund), go to our donation page at and click the "Statewide endowments" tab, or contact Don Nicholson at or 573-882-8189.

Save the date

  • Instructor tribute dinner
    Thursday, Oct. 8
  • Robert G. Silvers Seminar
    Friday, Oct. 9

Online registration

Learners' comments


  • "The classes put me in small group learning situations with experts in the field and in instances such as this course targeted to my place in the life cycle."
  • "Reconnect with other retirees — excellent topics!"
  • "All of us need to continue to learn. It keeps us involved in our community and exercising our brains."
  • "Your program is excellent — a real service to the community. Cheers to the staff!"
  • "The classes have opened doors to information and ideas that continue to enrich my life. I am so grateful for those instructors who share their deep understanding and knowledge and give us seniors new things to think about."
  • "It keeps my mind active and in great shape — it is exercise for the mind."
  • "I love the variety of new subjects that one can study and enjoy."
  • "A widening of knowledge on all of these subjects enhances the value of everyday living."

Learn more about Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Watch this video.