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OLLI@BSC an intellectual connection to the College for the Community. We offer adults noncredit humanities classes, learning opportunities, and events that build a sense of community and camaraderie among our members. There are no tests and no grades. It is learning solely for the joy of learning. Explore new areas of knowledge brought to you by our incredible team of instructors. OLLI faculty are experts in their fields and enthusiastic about teaching OLLI members, who bring a broad range of life experiences and knowledge that enrich the topics and discussions. Members discover new friends, new knowledge, and new ways to bring meaning and enjoyment to life.


OLLI Offerings

OLLI@BSC Classes and Registration



OLLI On-Demand

Watch past recorded lectures anytime, anywhere from your computer or mobile device. Access to email and the internet is required. A link to view the recording will be sent upon registration. Please note, not all lectures are recorded. View On-Demand Classes here.

OLLI Opportunities


OLLI@BSC offers opportunities for travel locally, nationally, and even internationally.

Paris, City of Light Trip

July 17, 2023 - July 24, 2023
Experience the art, culture, and fashion that is Paris. Stroll through this enchanting city and see the famed Eiffel Tower, visit trendy boutiques on the Champs-Élysées, and marvel at the works of artistic genius housed in the Louvre. This 8-day tour includes round-trip airfare, 6 overnight stays in hotels, full-time services of a professional tour director, guided sightseeing tours and city walks, visits to select attractions as per itinerary, daily European breakfast, dinner and more. See some of Paris’ most popular attractions curated by Explorica:WorldStrides. Spots are limited, register today!

Postcards from Vermont

October 22nd – 28th, 2023
OLLI and Collette Tours will lead a 7-day trip to Vermont during the height of fall colors in 2023. Discover the scenic fall colors of Vermont, winding roads, and cozy towns with eclectic, Yankee spirit. Experience the quintessential New England town of Woodstock, explore Burlington, view the fall scenery at its best from the vantage point of a cruise on Lake Champlain, taste fresh syrup at a family-owned maple sugar farm and so much more. Spots are limited, click here for more information or to register. 

Join us for a free virtual presentation to learn more about this amazing travel opportunity. This travel presetnation will be held on Monday, February 13th at 6:30 PM via zoom. Register for this free presentation today! 


Do you love OLLI and want to contribute to the enrichment and development of our program? We are developing new ways for members to get involved through volunteer opportunities. We are currently looking for class hosts and subcommittee members serve on the Curriculum and Outreach/Fundraising Committees.  Click here for more information or to complete a volunteer application.


Our OLLI faculty is at the core of the OLLI member experience. We welcome new and returning instructors and invite course proposals that range from academic subjects to skills and activities. We also encourage a variety of teaching formats, including informational lectures, hands-on instruction, facilitated discussions of books, films or ideas, and field trips.

OLLI instructors do not need to be an OLLI member, hold a particular degree or have taught previously. What we do require is knowledge of the subject matter, thorough preparation, and adherence to OLLI policies and guidelines. Sample topics covered may include history, art appreciation, current events, computers, alternative health, literature and writing, just to name a few.  We encourage creativity in course content and course titles.

Interested in becoming an instructor? Complete a course proposal today!


Help OLLI@BSC continue to foster intellectual curiosity and love of learning for active seniors through our Friends of OLLI program! With your support, you help us achieve our goal of becoming financially self-sufficient, while continuing to provide affordable, high-quality programming to all our members.
Every gift, no matter the size, is an investment in the future of OLLI’s vibrant program. Support the Friends of OLLI today!

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OLLI Membership Benefits: (Membership ID required for all discounts.) 

  • Member only events and classes
  • Discounted pricing on campus and community events
  • Free activities and courses
  • Travel opportunities 
  • Campus and Community Discounts
    • Touchmark Health & Fitness Club - 20% off a monthly membership
    • Bismarck Mandan Symphony – save $15 per ticket
    • BSC Theater – save $7 per ticket
    • Dakota Zoo - 1 free train ticket (a $5.00 value)
    • BSC Enrichment Classes - 10% off
    • Mystic Java - $1 off specialty drinks
    • BSC bookstore - 20% off

How to become a member

TODAY is the perfect time to become an OLLI Member for $40! For any questions, please contact us at (701) 224-5600.

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Gifting OLLI Memberships

To purchase an OLLI Membership to give to a loved one, call BSC Continuing Education at (701) 224-5600.