About OLLI


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Georgia (OLLI@UGA) in Athens began as Learning in Retirement (LIR) in 1994. In February 2009, LIR became OLLI@UGA, a dynamic Learning and Social Community. OLLI@UGA is a member-led organization with elected officers and board members, as well as professional staff. Membership in OLLI@UGA is open to anyone age 50 or older.



  •  OLLI@UGA is one of 125 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes of The Bernard Osher Foundation, each affiliated with a college or university across the country
  •  OLLI@UGA membership: 1,000+ members from the Athens area
  • 400+ non-credit courses per year: literature, history, religion, health, science, food, social sciences, art, architecture, personal finance, computers, lifestyle issues and more topics
  • Travel/Study Adventures: local, regional, national, and international
  • 30+ Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) exclusively for members: hiking, writing, photography, bridge, gardening, music, kayaking, film/book discussions, and so much more
  • Social events throughout the year: Lifelong Learning Fair, holiday Dutch-treat luncheons, parties, picnics, volunteer appreciation events
  • Primary location is UGA’s River’s Crossing building, 850 College Station Road in Athens, GA (contact us here)
  • 4 full- or part-time staff
  • Volunteer leadership: 4 officers elected annually, 10 board members elected to 2-year terms, 12 committee chairs.

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