• Welcome to OLLI West

    • About the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

      The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Denver is a membership program designed for men and women age 50 and over, who wish to pursue lifelong learning in a relaxed non-competitive atmosphere. There are no tests, no grades, no academic requirements - just a desire for learning and a penchant to be curious.


      About OLLI West

      OLLI West is one of three OLLI sites in the Denver Metro area. Our OLLI West site is in two locations:  Jefferson Unitarian Church, 14350 West 32nd Avenue and Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 11500 West 20th Avenue.  We have three terms - Fall, Winter & Spring. Most classes are held one day a week for eight weeks - Monday-Friday - with morning classes at 9:30-11:30 am and afternoon classes at 1:00-3:00 pm.

      Contact Information:

      Karen Thorne, Manager




      Membership Fee 

      OLLI members may participate in as many classes as desired at any of the three OLLI sites - Central, West & South (contingent upon space availability) for $100 per term.


      Links to OLLI Central & OLLI South

      To learn about classes at OLLI Central & OLLI South - go to these sites:




      Our Weather Policy

      If Jefferson County Public Schools are closed due to the weather - OLLI West is closed.  If there is a late start for Jeffco Schools, it generally does not affect the morning class start time for OLLI West.


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    • To learn more about our OLLI program, click on the link above to view our 2013-2014 Annual Report.

    • Read about our projections for the future of OLLI at DU in the 2020 Report below.

  • Upcoming OLLI West Term

    • The OLLI West Fall 2015 catalog of classes will be on this website on June 29!


      The Summer Seminars of OLLI - 

      June 3 - September 9

      Join us for seven exciting seminars and a field trip this summer!  Click on the Events tab at the top to learn more!



      June 5 - 4:00 pm Reception Open to all OLLI Members!

      Join us at a wine/cheese reception we say farewell to OLLI West Manager, Karen Thorne and welcome new Manager, Dianne Howie!  4:00-6:30 pm at Jefferson Unitarian Church - RSVP - ollismiley@gmail.com.


      New OLLI West Summer Session - July 20-24!

      Watch for an email soon listing all the great tours and classes OLLI West will offer during the week of July 20-24.  Get you registration in early -- and most have limits on the number of people who can attend!


      Memoirs in the Mountains - August 21-23 in Winter Park

      Deadline for registering is June 1!

      Click on Events tab above!



      If Jeffco School District is closed - OLLI West is closed. 


       Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church - New Satellite Class Space for OLLI West Classes

      You will note in the class listings for spring term that we have a new OLLI West satellite site at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 11500 West 20th Avenue (corner of 20th & Robb Street – one block east of Simms) – just a short few miles from Jefferson Unitarian Church. This new site gives us additional needed classroom space so we can offer you even more great OLLI West classes! There is plenty of parking right in front of the building. Be sure to check your catalog of classes carefully for which site your classes will be held.


  • OLLI West Scholarship Fund

    • Through the gracious generosity of an OLLI West member (who wishes to remain anonymous), we now have a well-funded OLLI West Scholarship Fund. The fund will assist those who wish to participate in OLLI West classes, workshops, retreats, etc. but are financially unable. If you, or someone you know, would like more information, please contact Karen Thorne at (303) 717-4299 or karen.thorne@du.edu. All inquiries and scholarships will remain totally confidential.

  • All About OLLI - Video

    • Have you seen the OLLI at DU video?  Please visit www.universitycollege.du.edu/olli to see the 3 minute overview on our program. Share it with your friends and family!

This portfolio last updated: May 18, 2015 2:18:28 PM