Skip navigation

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Do you like to Learn? Exercise? Travel? Are you 50 or older? OLLI is the place for you!

Join Today   Register   Give to OLLI

OLLI at Southern Miss

Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) are active adults who share a love of learning. Members enjoy innovative and enriching programs in an inclusive environment with others who share their interests. Many members are retired, but it is not a requirement to join, nor do you need to be a graduate or otherwise affiliated with Southern Miss. Our members come from a wide range of backgrounds, vocations, and connections to local community.

There are only 123 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes in the US. In Mississippi, OLLI programming is available exclusively at Southern Miss, in Hattiesburg and Long Beach.

Join TodayRequest More Information

Learning is for Life!

Online and walk-in registration will begin on Thursday, August 29, at 9:00 a.m., with phone-in registration beginning on Friday, August 30, at 9:00 a.m.

Our fall 2019 semester will begin on Monday, September 9 and will run through Friday, November 22, with a weeklong break the week of Monday, October 14. Course schedule guides are available now!

OLLI offers classes that meet the needs and schedules of active adults. We divide the Fall and Spring semesters into two five-week terms and offer a six-week term in the Summer, with no classes the week of July 4th. Fall terms begin in September and October. The Spring terms begin in February and March. The Summer term runs during June and July. During each term we offer three different formats of learning experiences: classes, seminars, and field trips. All Hattiesburg classes and seminars are held at the Peck House or Asbury Annex (unless otherwise indicated). Gulf Park classes are held in Lloyd Hall, unless otherwise indicated.

Two-Hour or Four-Hour Seminars
Seminars meet only once in a five-week term and are two hours in length. Occasionally we have a two-part seminar which meets a total of four hours. One-time, two-hour seminars are $10; two-time, four-hour seminars are $15 (unless a supply fee is included). Previous topics have included Famous Trials of the Early 20th Century, Self-Hypnosis, and Creole Jazz Lunch at The Kitchen Table, among many others.
Five-Week Classes
Classes are two hours each and meet once a week; however exercise classes are one hour in length and meet twice a week. Class fees are $25. Previous topics have included French Language and Culture for Traveling, Introduction to Apple Computers, Yoga for Strength and Flexibility, and Users' Manual of the Human Body.
Field Trips
Field trips are planned each semester. They range in length from one day to one week; costs vary. OLLI members have traveled to The Biltmore in Asheville, NC, Country Girls Creamery, Shroomdom (our local mushroom farm), and to various shows at The Saenger Theatre in New Orleans.

The Bernard Osher Foundation was founded by Bernard Osher in 1977. Through the foundation, his philanthropy has benefited a wide range of educational, cultural and other nonprofit organizations across the United States. Currently, the foundation provides support to four distinct programs:

  • Osher Scholars and Fellows
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes
  • Osher Integrative Medicine Program
  • A Local Arts and Educational Program

In the 1990s, the foundation funded a series of Osher Scholar programs extending scholarship assistance for post-secondary education to nearly thirty colleges and universities as well as professional and technical schools in California and Maine. The Bernard Osher Foundation funded the first Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The University of Southern Maine in 1997. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Network began in the fall of 2002, when the Foundation Board awarded initial grants to six campuses in the Southern California University system. The foundation began its partnership with The University of Southern Mississippi in 2008.

Bernard Osher is a successful businessman and community leader, a patron of the arts and education, whose philanthropy has affected countless organizations over the past quarter-century. His wife, the Honorable Barbro Osher, Consul General of Sweden in San Francisco, serves as chair of the foundation. To learn more about Bernard Osher, his philanthropic interests and investments, please visit the foundation's website:

Contact Us

Hattiesburg Campus

3601 Pearl Street               Peck House                            118 College Drive, #5055 Hattiesburg, MS 39406     

Campus Map



Contact Us

Gulf Park Campus

Elizabeth Hall 104               730 E. Beach Blvd.          
Long Beach, MS 39560

Campus Map