Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Bismarck State College

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Bismarck State College (OLLI@BSC) offers intellectual and cultural experiences to seasoned adults (50+) in the Bismarck Mandan community.

Similar to OLLI@UND classes previously offered at BSC, OLLI at BSC offers classes and activities that range from free movies to favorite OLLI presenters and classes specific to members. $40 per year includes classes designed specifically to OLLI members, BSC arts, theater events, exclusive programs and more. Your OLLI membership is a small investment offering big rewards.

OLLI@BSC is a stimulating community of inquiring adults, age 50 and above, exploring new areas of knowledge and traditional disciplines through courses, lectures, and events. There are no examinations or grades. OLLI faculty are experts in their fields and enthusiastic about teaching OLLI members, who bring a broad range of life experiences and knowledge to enrich the exchange of ideas. OLLI@BSC invites members to discover new friends, new knowledge, and new ways to bring meaning and enjoyment to life.

Become a member today your membership will help ensure that the OLLI program can continue.


OLLI@BSC offers courses, lecture series, and special events for the community and provides a creative forum for new ideas and expressions. The OLLI classroom is a place where BSC distinguished faculty and other leading experts share their research and interests.


  • A forward-thinking curriculum of courses, events, creative workshops, and lectures
  • An interdisciplinary forum for BSC faculty
  • An ongoing learning community of peers
  • An intellectual and cultural connection to the College and the Community
Members will be receiving the next catalog featuring the fall classes, some of the courses available to you will include:
  • The Mexican War (1846-1848) as a Prelude to the Civil War - Dr. Larry Skogen
  • Mythologies of the World - Ann Vadnie
  • Unraveling the Mystery - Jane Schulz
  • Songs that make History Come Alive - Perry Hornbacher
  • The Greeks not Geeks! - Pat Pins
  • and more...
OLLI@BSC classes and registration

Courses will run from September - December.

Upcoming Events

Bismarck State College is proud to present Steven Dietz's terrifying, bloody adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic horror masterpiece “Dracula”!

Get into the Halloween spirit with this classic vampire story of good and evil, of life and death, of monsters and men. Dietz adapts Stoker's classic novel with an eye towards impact, power, and recapturing the utter terror of the Lord of Vampires! This is sure to be the scariest, bloodiest fun you will have at the theatre all year!

Special deal for OLLI members! Use code BSCCOLLI for $5 tickets when you purchase online in advance! Offer expires October 21st. 

To purchase tickets to Dracula, click the following image.

About the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes Program

Headquartered in San Francisco, The Bernard Osher Foundation was founded in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a respected businessman and community leader. The Foundation seeks to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts.