Frequently Asked Questions
When and where are courses taught?
Courses are generally offered for a length of 8 weeks, each course meeting once a week. Courses are typically offered on Monday through Friday, 10:00 -12:00 and 1:00-3:00 on the campus of California State University Channel Islands in Camarillo. For those unable to attend day courses, or travel to Camarillo, we offer a number of courses in both day and evening in other venues in the Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties such as Ojai, Ventura and Thousand Oaks. For exact days and times, see the “Upcoming Courses & Enrollment” page.
What is the cost of membership?
One 4 week class per session $40
One 8 week class per session $80
Unlimited courses per session $200
Annual Membership (Unlimited courses per year, excluding Taste of OLLI classes) $500
Want to join an OLLI peer-led activity but don’t want to take a formal class? Those who qualify for membership and want to participate in membership activities may pay a separate $25, non-refundable annual membership fee.
What else do I get with membership?
OLLI membership gives you access to campus life, which includes attending University sponsored speakers and similar events, access to the bookstore, full library or gym privileges (both requiring an additional fee) and access to museums. Members receive our quarterly newsletter " Curiosity Never Retires" with updates about OLLI, CSU Channel Islands speakers and events, and early notice of the coming session schedule of courses.
Membership has other benefits such as priority enrollment, invitation to University events such as visiting speakers, reduced fee membership in the CI Alumni and Friends Association with its many discount and travel benefits.
Current members are informed of the upcoming schedule before general notification, thereby having priority enrollment privileges.
What our our members saying?
“The OLLI program is an ongoing embarrassment of riches with great teachers, fascinating courses, and the joys of forming lasting new friendships. All of this, and no homework!” -FG and GG
“CSU Channel Islands’ OLLI serves food for the brain; from Greek History, James Joyce, Chemistry of Cooking to Psychology of Love and Loss. It is all tasty!” -NK
“Retirement often brings the first taste of leisure since childhood. OLLI directs one’s attention to subjects of interest without regard for practical application or career advancement. The result of indulging this curiosity with likeminded others is creative play for the mind.” -JH
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