Fall 2021 Semester

Welcome to the Fall 2021 Semester and a New Academic Year!

Fall registration begins Tuesday, Aug. 24, at 9 a.m. Classes start on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, in this eight-week semester.

All classes run for eight weeks, unless otherwise indicated, starting on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021.

EACH COURSE will be identified by one of the following terms:

ONLINE ONLY: Both the instructor(s) and students will meet online for the class, live, in the designated weekly time slot. Sessions will be recorded for review, if desired.

IN PERSON ONLY: The instructor and students will meet, live and in person, in the designated weekly time slot. The sessions will not be recorded.

HYBRID: The instructor will teach live from the Moss Building in the designated weekly time slot. Some students will be in the classroom (limited capacity), while other students will join live via Zoom. At the time of registration, if in-person seats are still available, you can select this option*. If no classroom seats are available, you can take the class via Zoom. Whether you are in the Moss Building or joining the class online, you will have opportunities to interact with your instructor. Sessions will be recorded for later viewing.

In-person seat details*

Seats in the Moss classrooms will be spaced apart to avoid overcrowding, therefore capacity is limited. In alignment with CDC recommendations and University of Missouri and City of Columbia policy, masks will be required, regardless of vaccination status.

*NOTE: Details regarding in-person classes may change before classes begin. Please consider these descriptions to be tentative.

Zoom links

All fall registrants will be sent Zoom links for their classes. This will allow people with in-person seats to use Zoom on days when they do not want to travel to the Moss Building.

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Questions? Email [email protected] or call 573-882-8189 and leave a message. An Osher staff person will call you back.

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Dates for Osher’s 2021–2022 Academic Year are the following:

  • Fall 2021 Semester (8 weeks): Sept. 13–Nov. 5, 2021
  • Winter 2022 Semester (4 weeks): Jan. 10–Feb. 7, 2022
  • Spring 2022 Semester (8 weeks): March 7–May 6, 2022
  • Summer 2022 Semester (4 weeks): June 6–July 1, 2022

Membership benefits

All three membership types include the following benefits:

  • Access to Friday “value-added” programming
  • Take part in any of the Osher Clubs
  • Joint membership in the Columbia Parks and Rec 50+ program

Which membership is right for me? Pick from the following three options:

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    Premium Membership

    Your best value – less expensive than paying a la carte for one class per semester!

    • Enroll in unlimited Osher classes, as space allows
    • Membership lasts the entire academic year (August 2020 to July 2021)
    • Gain MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS (above) for the entire academic year
    • Gain Premium-only perks!
      • Bring a guest along to the Brown Bag sessions and Friday films
      • Request an MU Libraries card for the entire academic year
      • Become eligible to serve on the Osher Advisory Council
      • Receive a printed invitation to the Robert G. Silvers Seminar and other events

    Cost: The fees depend on which semester you join as a Premium member, as follows:

    • In fall, you gain access to unlimited classes for four full semesters. Fee: $240*
    • In winter, you’ll have unlimited classes for three full semesters. Fee: $200*
    • In spring, the membership lasts for two full semesters. Fee: $140*
    • In summer, take unlimited classes for summer semester only. Fee: $100

    *Premium members are required to pay a $10 reenrollment fee to return each subsequent semester during the current academic year.

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    Semester Membership

    Pay "by-the-course"

    • Enroll in classes in an a la carte fashion
    • Gain MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS (above) for the current semester only

    Cost: $20 semester fee, plus individual course fees (from $20-$60)

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    Basic Membership

    The best option for those who intend to enroll ONLY in Osher clubs (no classes)

    • Gain MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS (above) for the entire academic year
    • Contact the Osher staff if you'd like to register as a Basic Member

    Cost: $40 per year