Registration Information-The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - Carnegie Mellon University

Registration Information

Terms per Year

Osher at CMU offers three terms: Winter/Spring, Summer, and Fall with two sessions per term. 

Registration Fee

The registration fee per term for Members is $50.00 for an unlimited number of courses. 

Online Registration

Members may register online by clicking on "Members Sign In" on the left or above, sign in, and register with a credit card. The date and time that registration begins is shown on the inside front cover and throughout the catalog.  


If you are mailing your registration form, be sure to include all course materials fees along with your registration fee. Make your check payable to Osher at CMU or include your credit card information. Paper registrations are processed when online registration begins in the order that they are received in the office.

Materials Fees

  • Materials for certain classes are purchased by the study leader well in advance of the start of class.
  • Material fees are non-refundable.
  • All material fees are due at the time of registration unless otherwise stated.
  • Should you not be admitted to a course, your prepaid fee will remain as an electronic voucher (credit) that may be used in the future, or you may request that the fee be refunded to you by a check. 

Confirmation Notices

A confirmation notice for each course you are admitted to will be emailed to you as soon as you are admitted. If you are put on a waiting list for any course you will also receive a notice. Please read the notice carefully. Your confirmation notice will have the most up to date information as of that date. Confirmation/waitlist notices will be mailed to those who do not have email soon after the registration is processed and phone calls will be made for any added classes.

Adding and Dropping Classes

If you wish to add or drop any classes, please email the office at: or call 412-268-7489. When adding, please wait to receive enrollment confirmation before attending any classes. By formally dropping a class through the office, another member may be admitted from the waiting list. In order to better serve our members, you are encouraged to return the completed Course Drop Form [pdf] to the office.

Members may add courses online by clicking on "Members Sign In" on the left or above, sign in, and register. 

Missing a Class

If you will miss your first class, notify the office by email or phone. If you miss any other dates, indicate them on the attendance sheet. Otherwise, expect a call from the Study Leader Assistant to learn if you are dropping the class.

Study Leader Assistant (SLA)

SLAs are very important to the success of the Osher program. Please note your availability on your registration form or send email to the office. SLAs take attendance, collect course evaluations and act as a liaison between the classroom and the office. SLA training occurs prior to each session per term and takes about 30 minutes. Attending at least one training session is recommended. SLAs are also invited to the audio/visual training.

Attendance Sign In

Please check your name off on the attendance sheet for each class you attend. There is an attendance sheet for courses with 50 or fewer attendees.

Course Evaluations

Paper course evaluations will not be requested at this time. Occasionally, "Survey Monkey" is used to collect evaluations online. Participants in selected courses may receive a request via email with a link to the survey. The subject line displays Osher@CMU and the course ID and title. Course evaluations provide critical information to the Curriculum Committee and Study Leaders that receive a summary of the results. If you drop a course for a course related reason, please fill-out a paper course evaluation which may be turned in early to the Study Leader Assistant or the Osher office by mail, fax, email, or hand-delivery. If you need a form, download and print the course evaluation form [pdf].

Class Roster

Class rosters will be provided upon request by email. This is particularly helpful for carpooling.

Open Seat Policy

The Registrar attempts to fill all empty seats. Prospects are invited to register for these seats, and members are also encouraged to add courses. Members who are registered for the current term may add course(s) by calling the office to or signing into the online registration system. Prospects will be emailed the open course list and may mail their registration form with a check or credit card information. Please wait to receive enrollment confirmation before attending any classes.

Refund Policy

  • If you drop all of your courses at least three full business days prior to your first class, you may request a refund, minus a $10 administrative fee and any materials fee(s).  Any material fee refunds will be at the discretion of the Osher office.
  • If Osher cancels a course before the course has begun and it is the only course you requested for the whole term, you are entitled to request a full refund of your registration fee and material fee, if applicable.