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About the Institute

Endowed by The Bernard Osher Foundation, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Boise State University is a membership-based lifelong learning program. We offer a wide variety of college-level, non-credit programs for intellectually curious adults age 50 and over.

The Bernard Osher Foundation

Boise State University is among a cadre of 125 universities and colleges throughout the country that are endowed by The Bernard Osher Foundation. We are the only one in Idaho.

Thanks to philanthropist Bernard Osher, lifelong learners can benefit from his vision and generosity.

Learn More About The Bernard Osher Foundation

Membership-Based Lifelong Learning

Member and community support of the Osher Excellence Fund helps keep membership and course fees low. Membership costsĀ $70 and is valid for one academic year.

Osher members in discussion

Membership is a prerequisite to participate in Osher Institute activities.

Membership includes access to register for livestream and recorded programs, access to archived programs, a subscription to our monthly e-newsletter, Osher News, and an invitation to our monthly Casual Coffee Social Hours.

Become a Member

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While early registration is strongly encouraged, you can become a member and register for programs throughout the semester.

Registration for the Fall semester opens in July, and registration for the Spring semester opens in December. Online is the preferred method of registration.

Registration Information

Osher members listening to lecturers

The Osher Excellence Fund supports our efforts to attract and retain expert faculty and presenters, offer high-quality programming, provide well-appointed classroom space, and keep membership and course fees low.

Member and community support of the Excellence Fund is instrumental to our ongoing success.

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Member-Driven Curriculum

Five curriculum committees, led and served by Osher members, assist the Director in identifying and exploring potential subjects derived from committee and member suggestions. Members are encouraged to suggest presenters and topics by completing evaluation surveys, dropping a card in our suggestion box, or contacting the Institute directly.

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Accessible Classrooms

The Osher Institute is committed to providing an accessible experience for all members. Our building entrances, classrooms, and restrooms meet ADA requirements. During class, our presenters wear a microphone and hearing assistance devices are available for members in need.

Members may request an accommodation by contacting the Osher office.

Request an Accommodation

Presented by Faculty and Community Experts

The Osher Institute seeks out highly skilled faculty and community experts to help fulfill our mission of offering high-quality, college-level programming.

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Minutes From the Main Campus

Ron & Linda Yanke Family Research Park
220 E. Parkcenter Blvd.
Boise, ID 83706

The Yanke building is open to the public. The Osher office and classrooms are housed in this building.

If you need to contact the Osher Institute, please call (208) 426-6554 or email osher@boisestate.edu.

Please display your parking permit inside the lower left side of your windshield. Visitors who do not have a parking permit must park in the visitor’s section on the east side of the parking lot.

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Community Sponsor and Partners

The Osher Institute gratefully acknowledges our community sponsor and partners for their support of our mission of lifelong learning.