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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

The Office of Executive Development and Continuing Education at Coastal Carolina University provides the best in adult education throughout the Grand Strand, Conway and Waccamaw Neck areas.  OLLI, housed in the Office of Executive Development and Continuing Education at Coastal Carolina University, seeks to provide opportunities for adult, noncredit students to achieve intellectual stimulation, as well as cultural and social growth, while fostering a close, lasting and mutually beneficial relationship between the students and the University.  Lifelong Learning courses are designed to meet the needs and interests of seasoned adults in these communities and are offered during day and evening hours at five convenient locations.


OLLI is a membership organization.  The membership fee is $20 per semester (fall and spring).  This fee is required whether you are signing up for a one-day workshop, multiple courses or a special interest group.  A number of benefits are associated with the OLLI membership.  These include:

  • Photo ID
  • CCU parking decal
  • Weekly OLLI eNewsletter
  • Selected OLLI-sponsored free lectures
  • CCU library card and on-campus library use
  • CCU Bookstore discount
  • OLLI discount to the Hackler Golf Course at Coastal Carolina University
  • Discounted membership with select YMCA branches in Myrtle Beach and Georgetown
  • Discounted membership fees/dues with Fitness Edge branches in Murrells Inlet and Carolina Forest
  • Discounts at HealthPoint Center for Health & Fitness in Litchfield
  • Group travel opportunities
  • Belle W. Baruch Foundation's Hobcaw Barony during the semester, specific events and programs will be offered to OLLI members with current ID cards at a special rate.
  • Discount admission to:
    • Most CCU-produced cultural events
    • Atlantic Stage performances
    • Long Bay Symphony performances
    • Theatre of the Republic performances
    • Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum discount on exhibition opening receptions.
    • Brookgreen Gardens


Members in good standing of the CCU Alumni Association are welcome to participate in OLLI clubs and events.  Registration is required.


The Bernard Osher Foundation, 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 noncredit, intellectually stimulating programs for older adults since the fall of 2002. Through its Osher Lifelong Learning Institute grant program, the Osher Foundation awards annual grants of $100,000 to university and college campuses with the understanding that, once a lifelong learning institute is established with annual support and demonstrates potential for long-term success, the foundation considers an endowment gift of no less than $1 million. At present, the Osher Foundation supports 119 OLLIs on university and college campuses in all 50 states (plus the District of Columbia), as well as a National Resource Center for Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at Northwestern University (http://www.osher.net).

In the fall of 2007, Coastal Carolina University’s Division of Academic Outreach was awarded its first grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation. Upon receipt of the grant, our 20-year-old adult education program was renamed the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Coastal Carolina University, nicknamed “OLLI@CCU,” and rededicated to providing quality learning and networking opportunities to the large and ever growing 50 and above adult population along the Grand Strand.

The strong support of the Coastal Carolina University, which has provided staff, facilities and the technical resources needed to serve nearly 3,000 adults a year, along with the dedicated instructors, volunteers and members have made this the successful program that it is today.  The Osher Foundation’s support has been key to fulfilling the goal of our strategic plan – to secure the financial future and excellent programs of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Coastal Carolina University.

 We hope you will consider joining our progam. 

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