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Frequently Asked Questions
Who can participate?
Membership is open to anyone over the age of 50. We have no restrictions based on educational background.
How long does my membership last?
The OLLI at Vanderbilt membership year is from September 1 to August 31. Annual membership dues are $10 and allow participation in all classes, Lunch and Learn sessions, trips, and social events.
$80 for three courses in a specific term with $10 for each additional course.
How much do “special class offerings” cost?
Special classes vary depending on the number of sessions and number of students accepted in the class. Basically, we determine how much each session cost OLLI and charge accordingly.
Is there homework or exams?
For regular classes, there is no homework or exams. Occasionally, there will be recommended reading which is optional. The exception to this would be our writing seminar which does have assignments but no exams.
How much do Lunch and Learn sessions cost?
Our “Lunch and Learn” sessions provide a lecture on a specific topic and are free to all members. An optional lunch is provided prior to the lecture for a $10 fee. Reservations are required for both the lecture and the box lunch.
Our courses are taught by a wide variety of qualified personnel. The majority are current or retired Vanderbilt professors, but there are also many who come from other educational institutions, government and business. Our curriculum committee reviews each proposed course and confirms that the instructor’s background is appropriate.
When classes are held at area churches, complimentary parking is provided at the church. When classes are held on campus, complimentary parking is provided at the Centennial Sportsplex as well as a shuttle to pick you up and take you to campus. The shuttles run the entire morning during class time in case you come late or need to leave early.
It is rare that we cancel class, but if a class (or event) is cancelled due to inclement weather, it will be posted on the OLLI at Vanderbilt website by 8:00a.m. the morning of the event.
The Foundation is a private foundation that provides grants and endowments to qualified adult continuing education programs in cooperation with universities across the United States. The Foundation is funded by Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Osher and each recipient of such a grant is known as an “Osher Lifelong Learning Institute” (OLLI).