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Osher: it’s where you belong

We welcome you to Osher, where curious minds gather. Members tell us they come for the intellectual stimulation of the courses and activities, and they stay for the people.

It’s a relaxed and informal atmosphere. We share knowledge, spark ideas, inspire new thinking, and forge friendships. No tests or pressure...just the sheer joy of learning.

We offer up to 15 courses per day, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm Mondays through Fridays, and 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Other activities are scheduled throughout the week.

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"I tell people...that Osher is a wonderful place, that the courses are interesting, and the people are even more interesting."

There are only two criteria for joining Osher: you must be 50 or older, and you must have a curious mind!

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Membership benefits

And then there are the additional benefits!

Membership in Osher entitles you to a number of perks and privileges.

RIT Student Identification Card.

A pass to RIT campus facilities, your ID card entitles you to student admission rates for campus events, check-out privileges at the RIT Library, and student discounts at the Campus Bookstore. Save hundreds on computer hardware and software! Good for student discounts around town, too. Regular Membership only.

RIT Liberal Arts Courses.

The opportunity to audit or listen in to about 100 RIT liberal arts courses. Hang out with a younger crowd, and still no exams! Regular Membership only. Read more about RIT Liberal Arts Courses.

Audiology Services.

State-of-the-art hearing evaluation and hearing aid service and purchase are available through RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). Regular Membership only, during the school year, September through mid-May. Read more about our Audiology Services.


In 2006, we became an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, joining a growing national network of more than 120 university-based centers for older learners.