Reuter Center

The Reuter Center, headquarters for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville, opened its doors in the summer of 2003 after a five year planning, fundraising, and building campaign. It is located on the north side of the UNC Asheville campus on a hill overlooking the campus.

This facility is named in honor of Irving J. Reuter, a former General Motors executive who left his estate to establish the Janirve Foundation, a major building fund contributor. The cost of the 20,000-square-foot building, movable equipment, and landscaping totaled about $4.3 million, all provided by private sources, including individual donors, businesses and corporations, as well as foundations. In 2010, the Janirve Foundation awarded our organization a $1 million endowment to be used for improvements to the building and for new programming.

The two-story, glass atrium Reuter Center includes four classrooms equipped with multimedia capability, an art studio classroom, multipurpose room (also equipped for multimedia use) that seats about 200, catering kitchen, take-out cafe, two commons areas, restrooms on both floors, a large outdoor terrace area, and on-grade parking on both levels for a total of 129 cars. Space in the Reuter Center is available to the campus and the public organizations when not in use. During the fall, winter, and spring terms the Reuter Café serves simple lunches and beverages.


The Reuter Center is located on UNC Asheville’s campus. View our interactive campus map.

Approaching from Campus Drive/Broadway

  • Follow Campus Drive all the way up the hill to stop sign.
  • At stop sign, turn left for a short distance, then right into Reuter Center lots.
  • There are parking lots on the lower and upper levels of Reuter Center.

Approaching from W.T. Weaver Blvd.

  • Proceed approximately 1/4 mile on Weaver Blvd. to traffic circle (roundabout) take first right hand turn for main entrance road to UNC Asheville.
  • Proceed approximately 200 yards up hill.
  • Turn right at traffic island and proceed a short distance to the first left, University Heights.
  • Turn left onto University Heights and proceed until you see the silver bulldog mascot on the right.
  • Turn right up the hill (Campus Drive) to stop sign, then bear right to Reuter Center, on the right.
  • There are parking lots on the lower and upper levels of Reuter Center.

Reuter Cafe

Your place for a coffee, a snack or a simple meal right in the Reuter Center!

Designed for a snack or a meal between classes. You’ll enjoy fresh sandwiches made daily including wraps, salads, yogurt, snacks and soup. We also offer fresh-brewed coffee, gourmet teas, soft drinks and juices.

Open Monday – Friday, mid-morning to mid-afternoon, during College for Seniors terms

The cafe is operated by the Campus Dining Services which also operates the UNC Asheville Dining Hall, Highsmith Food Court, Ramsey Cafe, and the Wellness Cafe.

Adverse Weather Policy

View the Bulldog Alert website.

OLLI classes, events, meetings, and other activities will be canceled or delayed when UNC Asheville classes are canceled or delayed for adverse weather. OLLI members should consult the OLLI website to receive the latest information regarding the OLLI Adverse Weather and Emergency Bulletins.

By 8 a.m. on bad weather days, the OLLI staff will post specific program information on our outgoing messages at 828.251.6140 or 828.251.6188. We will also, if possible, send an email to active members by 8 a.m. regarding OLLI cancellations, closings and delays. If OLLI is  following a late start schedule, we will cancel 9 a.m. classes and all other classes will proceed as scheduled (11:30 a.m. classes begin at 11:30 a.m., etc.)