Become a Member


Membership is open to every individual who cares about furthering the goal of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College to provide active, engaged adults with a rich learning experience.


Absolutely not. Membership is entirely voluntary. People wishing to take classes may continue to do so simply by registering.


Membership means something different everywhere you go. What does it mean to be a member of OLLI? Simply put, it means you’re a part of our community of ambitious, intellectual lifelong learners. As soon as you join a class, you’re officially a Silver member. Those who want to take their involvement a bit deeper can choose to become Gold members.

Either level you choose, you will become a part of a nationally-recognized lifelong learning institution dedicated to enhancing your learning experience, stimulating your intellect, and connecting you with a unique community of adults. Your life will be enriched by special friendships and extraordinary learning adventures.

Find out what’s best for you!

SILVER Membership (No annual membership fee required)

Take a class and you’re a Silver Member. At this level, you’ll receive:

  • Access to more than 200 liberal arts, humanities, and technology courses and lectures
  • Our course catalog delivered to your home
  • Free parking
  • Rewarding volunteer opportunities
  • A connection to the academic and cultural resources of Ringling College, including access to the campus library and campus galleries

GOLD Membership (Annual membership fee of $85)

As a Gold Member, you get more. For starters, you receive all of the benefits of the Silver membership, PLUS:

  • Early registration privileges
  • 10% tuition discount on courses and other educational offerings
  • 3 free lectures per academic year
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Access to Shared Interest Groups (SIGs)
  • An invitation to Gold Member-only Appreciation Celebration
  • Free docent-led tours of Ringling College galleries on campus
  • OLLI instructor-led tours of the galleries at Ringling College
  • Invitation to free campus presentations from national leaders in Art and Design
  • Invitation to AvantGarde award celebration at Ringling College

For more about membership, visit or call 941-309-5111.



  1. Do I have to be a gold member to take a class? No
  2. How long does the gold membership last? One year from date which you signed up. You can renew your membership yearly.
  3. Must I be a gold member to be in a Shared Interest Group? Yes
  4. How much is membership? Gold Membership is $85 annually; Silver Membership is included free when you sign up for a class.
  5. Is membership individual? Yes
  6. Can I sign up for gold membership by submitting a written application? Yes. An application is on the last page of the Membership brochure. This must be filled out completely. You may pay by cash, check or credit card. Your payment and information will be handled securely and will be entered into the computer by Institute staff.
  7. How can I sign up on line? This method is strongly preferred and should not be difficult.

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