Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

OLLI Wilmington

About Us

About the Wilmington lifelong learning program

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware is a membership organization for adults 50 and over to enjoy classes, teach, exchange ideas, and travel together. Instructors teach subjects they love to students who are there for the love of learning!

Academic cooperative

The program provides opportunities for intellectual development, cultural stimulation, personal growth, and social interaction in an academic cooperative run by its members who volunteer their time and talents. The program is centered on classes developed and led by fellow members.

Membership is open to all

Membership is open to people 50 years of age or older and to the spouses of members at any age. You are welcome whether your formal education ended early in life or you have acquired advanced degrees. An interest in learning is all that is required. 

History of OLLI Wilmington

OLLI at UD is proud to be one of the oldest and largest lifelong learning programs in the country. The Wilmington program is celebrating its 40th year in 2020, marking its beginnings as the Academy of Lifelong Learning in 1980. Read more about OLLI’s 40-year history.

Osher Institute affiliation

Established as the Academy of Lifelong Learning in 1980 by the University of Delaware, in 2010 the Academy received endowment support from the Bernard Osher Foundation. In recognition of its affiliation with the Osher Foundation, the Academy became the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware in Wilmington.

A University of Delaware program

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a program of the Division of Professional and Continuing Studies of the University of Delaware. All members must comply with University policies and procedures, including those which prohibit sexual harassment and disruptive behavior. The University of Delaware reserves the right to refuse for good and sufficient reasons enrollment of any applicant and/or member. Except for specifically designated activities, individuals or groups are not permitted to conduct sales or solicitations on campus.

OLLI is not affiliated with any religious or political organization, nor does OLLI endorse or promote any political or religious viewpoints.