• Welcome to OLLI West

    • About the Osher Lifelong Learing 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.


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

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  • Upcoming OLLI West Term

    • The OLLI West Winter catalog of classes can be accessed by clicking on the Class Descriptions & Syllabi tab above. Winter term begins on January 12.  


      PLEASE CHECK THE LOCATION OF YOUR CLASSES! Some of our classes are held at our new satellite site (Shepherd of the Hills) and some are held at sites other than Jefferson Unitarian Church.

      We do not accept credit cards!


      Hot Topics Luncheon - February 20

      "Looking Forward - Reimagining Education from Pre-School through College"

      Detail on Events tab above!


       Help Support OLLI West - Now!

      OLLI West Celebration!  - February 13, 2015 at Jefferson Unitarian Church - donate a silent auction item!

      The evening is a great social event and will include an elegant concert performance by Nanette Shannon on the piano and violinist Stacy Lesarte. We will also enjoy wine, decadent desserts and an exciting and fun silent auction. The auction will involve services, activities, experiences, artwork (original and reproductions) and themed gift baskets.

      Click on the Events tab above to find out how you can support OLLI West by donating to the silent auction!


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

      You will note in the class listings for fall 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: Jan 19, 2015 8:42:32 AM