College for Seniors

The College for Seniors (CFS) is a program of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville (OLLI) established in 1988. With full access to the resources of the University of North Carolina Asheville, OLLI members come to feed their minds and nourish their spirits. They seek out an inspiring academic life and the vibrant communal energy that abounds at OLLI at UNC Asheville.

College for Seniors draws from the experiences and professional expertise of its members as well as from the UNC Asheville and other area institutions and people. Courses range from Chaucer to technology, from foreign affairs to opera, from the History of Modern China to Asheville on the Cheap. Held mostly at the Reuter Center on the UNC Asheville campus, courses are non-credit with no tests or grades and are open to all OLLI members. OLLI members collaborate with staff to teach, learn, and design curricula, and also arrange special events. 

The College for Seniors committee volunteers work with Herb Gunn, College for Seniors program manager, to insure a successful CFS program. 

Learning is a lifetime journey ... growing older merely adds experience to knowledge of man and wisdom to curiosity  — C. E. Lawrence

How do I register for CFS classes?

What courses are offered?

Each term offers a spectrum of new courses ranging from world history to yoga to silent films and more.  View the courses in database format. You can search by instructor, day of the week/time, and course title.

How much does it cost?

  • $115 Fall term (eight weeks)
  • $90 Winter term (six weeks)
  • $115 Spring term (eight weeks)
  • $75 Summer term (six weeks)

How many classes may I take?

You are allowed to register for up to three classes per term during the initial registration period. After the original registration period is over and through the first week of classes, you may add as many courses as you are able to schedule.

What payment methods are accepted?

Online registration accepts credit cards.
Also, by cash and check in the OLLI office.

Is financial assistance available?

Scholarships are available to partially cover CFS enrollment term fees; the annual OLLI membership fee is the member’s responsibility. Submit a completed scholarship application (see to the "Forms" page) along with your registration form. For additional information, call 828.251.6140.

Do I have to register in person?

No, mailed registration forms are also accepted, however for best availability, it is suggested you bring your registration in person on the term's registration day. College for Seniors is shifting to an online registration process, so check back before Summer registration begins in February.

Questions about CFS? Suggestions?

Contact College for Seniors Program Manager Herb Gunn at 828.251.6873 or