About OLLI - Coastal Carolina University
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Introducing OLLI

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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Coastal Carolina University offers a rich and evolving array of courses, lectures, clubs, excursions and special activities, led by Coastal faculty, both active and retired as well as scholars, and experts from the surrounding communities.  Members from all walks of life bring a lifetime of experience to the classroom and our activities. If you are ready to join with our community of learners, please consider becoming a member and join the OLLI community. 


How it Got Started

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The Bernard Osher Foundation (osherfoundation.org), a San Francisco-based philanthropic organization dedicated to supporting higher education and the arts, has provided funding to institutions of higher education to develop and grow non-credit courses, volunteer opportunities, and events that promote social interaction for older adults since 2002. At present, the Osher Foundation supports over 100 OLLIs on university and college campuses in all 50 states, as well as a National Resource Center for the various Institutes at Northwestern University in Chicago.

In 2007, Coastal Carolina University’s Division of Academic Outreach was awarded an initial grant to initiate OLLI at Coastal. Over time, the University has received two other major grants that have secured an substantial endowment for OLLI at Coastal, insuring its future as part of the University’s community outreach and insuring the Institute’s mission to provide high quality lifelong learning opportunities.


What We Offer Wilmington Tasting Tour

OLLI at Coastal Carolina University offers a wide range of courses in the fall, spring and summer. We also sponsor clubs (e.g., bridge club, book club, gardening club), offer excursions (e.g., a ‘Spy Tour’ to Washington, DC), and volunteer opportunities. We also are the sponsor or co-sponsor of events and lecture series on the campus of the University (e.g., the Latin American Film Series, Fall 2021).



Where You Can Find and Reach Out to Usentry to coastal science center

The OLLI office and classrooms are located in the Coastal Science Center on the campus (301 Allied Drive, Conway, SC 29526).

You may contact us via email (olli@coastal.edu), by phone (843-349-4016) or just come by the office.




Join Us

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Become a member and enjoy the many benefits of being part of a vibrant and diverse learning community. Find out more about membership at our Member Home