Courses & Programs

Welcome to OLLI’s courses and programs information page. You do not need to be an OLLI member to browse our course and brown bag offerings, but only those with valid OLLI memberships can register for courses and brown bag lectures. If you are an OLLI member, you can sign in using your User Name and Password. Please scroll down this page for more information about signing in. If you have trouble with registering online, here is the instruction manual that will guide you through the process.

OLLI members who are using the online system for the first time may request a username and password from the OLLI office at  You may change your password at any time to something you can easily remember. After you have signed in, you can request courses and programs according to your membership level.

To register, please fill out the following form(s) and return it to the OLLI Office at OLLI UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA, 02125 or fax to 617.287.7076. Your OLLI account will then be activated.

  • To join OLLI or renew your membership download our membership form.
  • If you already have a membership and would like to sign up for courses, download our course request form.

Overview of OLLI Registration

Priority Course Registration Deadline: Please request your classes by August 6, 2018 in order to be included in priority “lottery” registration. Every semester, a few courses are very popular and become oversubscribed. In these cases, we use our “lottery” system to more fairly assign registration. According to this system, members are asked to prioritize their choice of courses on their registration form. Most Desired= 1, and so on. Students who indicate that a course is their first or second priority will have the best chance of being registered for that course. After priority registration ends, if seats in a course are still available, registrations are then accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Brown Bag Registration: Dates for Brown Bag presentations are announced approximately three weeks in advance. Registration is always on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Registration Process

Register Online: Online registration for Fall 2018 semester will be available after June 27 to members with an up-to-date membership. For instructions on how to register, please download our online registration instruction manual.  

Register by Mail: Print out the Course Request Form or complete the form in the catalog and return it to the OLLI office. If it is received by Monday, August 6, 2018, you will have equal opportunity to be assigned to your preferred courses as do students who are registering online. Registrations received after August 6, 2018, will be accommodated based on availability.

Confirmation: If you have requested your courses by August 6, 2018, you will receive your confirmation by email or mail in late August.

Dropping or Adding Courses: All dropped courses and brown bags are handled by the OLLI office. Please email or call 617.287.7312 as soon as you determine that you will not be attending a course you’ve selected.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

McCormack Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 003
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125-3393 USA

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