College for Seniors

The College for Seniors (CFS) is a program of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville (OLLI) established in 1988. With full access to the resources of the University of North Carolina Asheville, OLLI members come to feed their minds and nourish their spirits. They seek out an inspiring academic life and the vibrant communal energy that abounds at OLLI at UNC Asheville.

CFS draws from the experiences and professional expertise of its members as well as from the UNC Asheville and other area institutions and people. Courses range from Chaucer to technology, from foreign affairs to opera, from the history of modern China to “Asheville on the Cheap.” Previously, the program was primarily at the Reuter Center on the UNC Asheville campus, but during the shutdown necessitated by COVID-19, CFS transitioned its learning experience online. Since fall 2021, CFS is offering reduced-capacity onsite courses at the Reuter Center in addition to hybrid and online courses via Zoom.

Courses are non-credit, with no tests or grades, and are open to all OLLI members. OLLI members collaborate with staff to teach, learn and design curricula, and also to arrange special events. In addition to the annual OLLI membership fee, a tuition fee for each term is paid by CFS participants.

There are many ways to get involved with CFS including teaching a course, working on a curriculum committee to plan upcoming terms or acting as a class rep or Zoom assistant. Learn more about volunteering.

“Learning is a lifetime journey… growing older merely adds experience to knowledge of man and wisdom to curiosity.” C. E. Lawrence