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.

College for Seniors 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 COVID close down, College for Seniors has held its learning experience online.

Courses continue to be 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 arrange special events. In addition to the annual OLLI membership fee, a tuition fee for each term is paid by the CFS participants.

There are may ways to be a volunteer with College for Seniors, including teaching a course or working on a curriculum committee to plan the terms.

A great way to break into College for Seniors when courses resume on campus is to be a Class Rep — that person who helps an instructor, welcomes folks to class and takes attendance. Learn more about Class Reps here. And when you are ready to volunteer, let us know by completing a database form accessed here.

While OLLI is offering College for Seniors courses online in Summer and Fall 2020 and Winter and Spring 2021, a great way to get involved with the program is to offer to be a Zoom Assistant. A knowledge of some very basic features of online learning via Zoom is all that is required. To learn more, see our Zoom Assistant Information sheet. To volunteer, complete the Zoom Assistant Interest Form for Spring 2021.

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

How do I register for CFS classes?

Register online and pay with a credit card. Click on Registration and follow directions. There is a Helpful Hints section with detailed registration instructions. If you need assistance with registration come in to the OLLI office.

  • You must be an OLLI member to register for College for Seniors. If you are not a current member, put the OLLI membership in your cart first. To see if you are already a current OLLI member, check “My Account.”
  • Before selecting your College for Seniors courses, put the CFS registration fee in your cart.

When are the terms and what courses are offered?

  • Winter 2021: January 11 – February 22, 2021. Registration begins November 9, 2020.
  • Spring 2021: March 22 – May 14, 2021.  Registration begins February 16, 2021.
  • Summer 2021: June 14 – July 26, 2021.  Registration begins May 7, 2021.

Each term offers a spectrum of new courses ranging from world history to yoga to silent films and more.

College for Seniors and Woodfin YMCA Partnership for Fitness

College for Seniors has maintained a health and fitness partnership with the Woodfin YMCA and Mission Pardee Health Campus YMCA in Arden through which CFS offers a variety of fitness courses at the YMCA. OLLI plans to resume this partnership when College for Seniors courses resume in-person.

While membership in the YMCA is not required to take the CFS course, the CFS participant activities fee is lower for OLLI members who are also members of the YMCA. We have suspended course offerings at the YMCAs during the Covid-19 pandemic.

How much does it cost?

  • $115 Fall term (eight weeks)
  • $90 Winter term (six weeks)
  • $115 Spring term (eight weeks)
  • $75 Summer term (six weeks)

This fee structure for College for Seniors is based on courses offered at the Reuter Center on the UNC Asheville campus. In-person classes have been suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. College for Seniors offers an array of online courses during this time.

How many classes may I take? What are CFS Guest Passes?

During a regular term at the Reuter Center, members are allowed to request and be registered for up to three classes per term during the initial registration period. After the original registration period is over and through the first week of classes, you may add as many courses as you are able to schedule.

In-person classes have been suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A Guest Pass to visit a College for Seniors class session may be issued to non-OLLI members if

  • someone is visiting in order to get to know more about OLLI – Asheville and College for Seniors, or
  • out-of-town guests or family members of OLLI members are visiting OLLI for the day.

Click here to see College for Seniors Guest Pass policy and Guest Pass request form.

Guest Passes are not issued to OLLI members who want to attend a College for Seniors course in which they are not registered. CFS courses are available to OLLI members after the term tuition is paid and the OLLI member is officially registered for the specific course.

What payment methods are accepted?

Online registration accepts credit cards.
Also, pay by cash and check in the OLLI office.

Is financial assistance available?

Scholarships are available to partially cover CFS enrollment term fees; the annual OLLI membership fee is the member’s responsibility. To request a scholarship, please submit the Spring 2021 Scholarship Form along with your registration form. For additional information, call 828.251.6140.

Do I have to register in person?

No, you may register online from any web-connected computer and use a credit card for payment. Click on Registration at the top of this page then click on Helpful Hints to find registration instructions. If you need assistance with registration, please email us at

Questions about College for Seniors?

Email us at or call us at 828.251.6140.