Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Due to COVID-19 concerns, all OLLI at Sierra College classes/activities have been canceled for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.

We’re now offering a variety of courses online via Zoom in April and May. All courses are live, interactive and free! View our Zoom courses and instructions.

While many of our members have generously waived their refunds in order to help supplement the tremendous deficit to our budget caused by this crisis, we understand not everyone is in a position to forego their refund. If you would like a refund for a class (or classes) that were canceled, please complete and return the OLLI Refund form by Thursday, April 30, 2020.  

OLLI at Sierra College is a unique learning community designed for lifelong learners, ages 50 years or better, who are eager to explore new areas of knowledge without the stress of tests or grades. Although classes are designed for adults age 50 and over, there is no age limit for enrollment.

Membership in OLLI is required to participate in the full range of offerings. However, noncredit, tuition-free classes are also offered. There is a wide variety of classes in art, film, health, history, literature, music and science. All courses are designed to keep minds and bodies active.

To fit your busy lifestyle, OLLI  classes that meet for just one class meeting or once a week for two, four or six weeks. Every adult learner is welcome regardless of previous college experience. 

Sierra College is one of only four community colleges nationally to receive a grant from The Bernard Osher Foundation. There are 120 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes spanning all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Each is a part of a college or university and is funded in part by The Bernard Osher Foundation. OLLI at Sierra College offers over 150 classes annually for more than 3000 students.

Mission Statement

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Sierra College serves the Sierra College District mature adult community by providing intellectual stimulation, social interaction and outreach to the community

Club OLLI Membership Benefits

Membership Benefits include:

  • Low registration fee of $20/year (August 1 – July 31) per individual
  • Easier registration process
  • More flexible add dates
  • Greater variety of course offerings
  • Advance notice of new semester classes

How to Register for Classes

Registration Forms
How to Submit Forms

You can submit your registration form(s) by:

  • Mail: Send the completed form(s) to OLLI at Sierra College, 316 Vernon Street, Suite 200, Roseville, CA 95678
  • Scan: Complete the appropriate form(s), scan and email to olli@sierracollege.edu. Credit card registration only.
  • Fax: Complete the appropriate form(s) and fax to (916) 781-6248, attention: OLLI. Credit card registration only.
  • In Person: Drop off your completed membership and registration form at the OLLI registration office (316 Vernon Street, Suite 220, Roseville) or the Admissions and Records window at the Nevada County Campus.
Request for Personal Information

We request your social security number to meet a requirement by the State of California in receiving the funding that keeps OLLI running. We will only request your social security number once. After your social security number is entered into the registration system, a random student identification number will be assigned to you for future use. This student identification number is the only number that will appear on schedule confirmations and class rosters. We ask that you use your assigned student identification number for all future registrations to speed the registration process.

Sign Up Early

Due to an increasing number of OLLI students, we ask that all students register in one of the ways listed above. Class sizes are limited so it’s best to register early for the classes you are interested in. Sign up is on a first-come, first served basis. Please make every effort to register at least 5 days before the start date of your class. Your registration may make the difference as to whether or not a class is canceled.


If the College cancels a class for any reason, pre-registered students will be notified by email or phone. We reserve the right to substitute instructors or reschedule classrooms or class times if necessary.

Class Locations

Please be aware of the location of your class. Locations are listed with each course description.

Please note that pre-registered students will be notified of any changes in location. Otherwise, all locations are confirmed as printed in our brochure.

Interested in Becoming an Instructor?

We encourage the development of new and interesting classes for our mature adult population.

OLLI classes are typically held for two to three hours, for just one class meeting or once a week for two, four or six weeks in the morning and afternoon. They are offered on the Sierra College Rocklin, Roseville Vernon Center, Nevada County and Tahoe/Truckee campuses as well as at senior facilities off-campus in various locations within Placer and Nevada Counties. Classes are offered during September through December in the fall, February through May in the spring and June through July in the summer. There are two six-week sessions in the fall/spring and one six-week session in the summer.

The Sierra College OLLI Curriculum Committee will review your completed Course Proposal Form and notify you by phone or mail if it is approved. Keep in mind that the process for review can take anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks depending on the date of your submission. Consideration will be given to the appropriateness of the subject, its relevance to the mission of the program, availability of facilities, your qualifications, etc. Our intent is to offer a varied, balanced program that meets the needs and interests of the mature adult population. Submission deadlines are mid-March for the following fall term and mid-September for the following spring term.

If you have questions, you may contact Shari Smith at (916) 781-6243, or via email at ssmith@sierracollege.edu