The heart of the Osher program is its rich and varied curriculum that spans the fields of fine arts, humanities, social sciences, natural and physical sciences, and more. There are no prerequisites, grades, or testsójust the chance to learn for the joy of learning in a congenial atmosphere. In addition to classes, Osher offers films, book clubs, discussion groups, day trips, and social events to enhance the membership experience. Osher members hail from all walks of life and bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to the learning community. Members also contribute their talents as volunteers on various committees that assist staff in the planning and implementation of programs and activities.
Osher is self-funded and endowed by the Bernard Osher Foundation, which supports a national network of lifelong learning institutions on university campuses across the country. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University was founded in 1999 as the Auburn Society. The former Auburn Society became the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in 2006 after being awarded its first $100,000 grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation. It received a $1 million endowment from the Osher Foundation in 2009.