Become a Member
To become a member, you can use our online system, pay by check in person or through the mail, or pay be Visa/Mastercard in our offices.
JOIN ONLINE - You will use our website registration system to purchase your membership.
- Click here to go to our registration and membership system
- If you have never been a member and have not used our system previously, click on the button: New? SIGN UP
(If you have been a member before and need to renew, enter your email and password.)
- On the next screen you will be asked to create a password and complete information about yourself such as your name, address, and so forth. There will be a long list of interests for you to identify, and then immediately below the box with interests is a button: ADD ACCOUNT. Click on the button.
- You can then pick your membership type and select courses if you wish to register for courses at the same time as you purchase your membership.
Register for Courses Online
Find detailed instructions in this document --> How to register online. Our most recent catalog has many OLLI courses and members may also register for fall audit courses that have been preapproved. Proceed to our online registration page.
In addition to using the online registration site to purchase a membership and register for OLLI courses, you may complete the registration form and return it to OLLI along with your payment information (check and MasterCard/Visa accepted) in one of the following ways: mail, or in person. Please see below for OLLI's mailing address, contact information, and office hours.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
College of General Studies
1400 Wesley W. Posvar hall
Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
NOTE: A $20 fee will be charged for any check returned by the bank.
Request an OLLI Catalog
If you would like to receive the current OLLI catalog, complete our Request Information Form.
General Registration Information and Policies
Please see the Member's Handbook for more information regarding Osher policies and procedures.
OLLI Course Registration Deadlines
You may register for any OLLI course, space permitting, until its start date. We encourage you to register early because some courses have limited enrollment and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis; others may be cancelled due to low enrollment. If you register for a course that is filled, you will be notified immediately.
Audit Course Registration Deadline
The registration deadline for each term is the last day of that term's add/drop period. We urge you to call the specific University of Pittsburgh department prior to the first class meeting to confirm the course time and location.
Class Attendance and Course Withdrawal
You may take an unlimited number of OLLI courses or as space permits. However, only register for the courses and events that you plan to attend. Also, only attend a course or event once your registration has been confirmed. If you cannot attend an OLLI course for which you registered, please call 412-624-7308 to cancel.
Confirmation and Course Location
You will receive a written confirmation of your course registration. For OLLI courses, the confirmation includes the exact course location and any texts or special materials suggested for the course. If you do not receive your confirmation, call 412-624-7308 to confirm your enrollment and the course location.
OLLI Refund Policy
Because full membership in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute includes unlimited OLLI courses and an array of benefits, the membership fee is generally nonrefundable. However, if a refund is requested before any benefits have been used and before any classes have been attended, the request will be honored. If you drop an audit course during the add/drop period and paid a fee for the course, the fee will be refunded.
Full refunds for day trips will be issued if the withdrawal occurs by the registration deadline. Withdrawals after that date and up to three business days prior to the trip will be subject to a 50 percent cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued if the cancellation occurs within three business days of the trip. Refunds for special events will be issued only if the withdrawal occurs at least three business days prior to the event unless otherwise noted in the event's listing.
Membership in OLLI is nontransferable.
Textbooks and Materials
Texts and materials required by the OLLI course instructor will be indicated on your confirmation. Copies of required texts will be available at The University Store on Fifth, located at 4000 Fifth Avenue, in a special section for OLLI. Texts for audit courses are shelved by department, catalog number, and class number.
Please call 412-624-7308 to inform us of your needs. To ensure accommodation, please contact us at least two weeks before the start of the course.
Severe Weather Policy
OLLI follows the University of Pittsburgh's severe weather policy. Any changes to normal University operations will be announced on major radio and television stations. Off-campus OLLI courses are automatically cancelled when their locations close their sites. If the University is not closed, it is up to the instructor of the individual class to make the determination if the class will meet as scheduled.
In the event of an OLLI course cancellation, members will be notified as soon as possible and a class make-up time will be scheduled. If you are unsure as to whether a course will meet, you may also call 412-624-7308. Please use your discretion as to the weather and your safety.