About OLLI

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at SF State is an active community of peers age 50 and up engaged in learning through classes, interest groups, and events at the SF State downtown and main campuses. Stimulating and provocative six-week courses provide personal and social enrichment, taught by current and retired SF State professors and other experts.

Photo of 2017 OLLI Preview event


OLLI was founded at SF State in 2003. Decisions about the curriculum and programming are made by a nine-member volunteer council, elected by fellow OLLI members, in partnership with the director. Funding is provided in part by the Bernard Osher Foundation.


Join an open and nurturing community of instructors and lifelong learners committed to the joy of learning. All membership packages are valid for one year from membership start date. If you have any questions about membership packages or course registration, please call 415-817-4243.

Fee Assistance

The Hal Wanaselja Memorial Fund

Through the generosity of Maryalice Reinmuller, in loving memory of her husband Hal Wanaselja, fee assistance is available for OLLI classes throughout the year through an application process.

See guidelines and application.  

Hal Wanaselja was a life-long learner. His family home was on then-rural, Staten Island, NY where the family property line ran close to the local railroad tracks. He was fascinated by rail travel and it became his vocation and avocation and enabled him to travel the world. The youngest of six children of Estonian immigrants, music, art, education, and living history were part of his heritage. We are grateful for Maryalice's support in honor of Hal's love of OLLI; the classes, teachers, and classmates who challenged him to think, question and laugh. 

Please email olli@sfsu.edu or call 415-817-4243 for more information on how to be considered for fee assistance.

Support Lifelong Learning at SF State

Your tax-free contribution helps to make lifelong learning programs accessible to everyone. Find out more about supporting OLLI.

Volunteer Opportunities

Contribute your experience and knowledge as a volunteer. Find out how you can help. olli@sfsu.edu