Open University (OU)

OU Fall Session Begins September 17, 2018

Click here to see a sample schedule

We are not accepting tuition for the 2018 Fall session at this time.

Registration will open mid-August.

The Shepherd’s Center Open University (OU) is the best bargain in RVA when it comes to life-long learning.  When you become a member ($25 annual membership fee), you pay just $45 per 8-week term and you can attend any and every class that we offer  at any of our  locations for that one price (we do not register for individual courses).  You’ll find offerings in History, Literature, Political Science, Opera, Foreign Languages, Yoga and so much more.  Our instructors are both retired and active professors from area universities, professionals, travelers and local celebrities.  Best of all, there are no tests to take or papers to write!  Those who are 50 years of age or older usually attend classes.

There are three, 8-week sessions during our “school year” (September through May), in the fall, winter and spring.   When membership is paid, tuition is $45 per session, and you may attend as many classes as you wish at both Open University locations.  Registration is not for individual courses, but for the entire eight week session.

Open University Schedule & Locations:

Fall: September 17 through November 8, 2018
Winter: January 14 through March 7, 2019
Spring: March 25 through May 23, 2019

OU Mondays: St. Luke Lutheran, 7757 Chippenham Pkwy, Richmond – 23225  map

OU Thursdays:  First Presbyterian Church  4602 Cary St at Lock Lane, Richmond – 23226 map

Lunch & Life on Wednesdays: St. Mary Catholic Church  9505 Gayton Rd, Richmond – 23229 map   Four-week, Lunch-n-Life lecture series. Free to the Public – No membership or tuition required.

To pay tuition:

  • Print a copy of the schedule, fill out the registration form and mail it, with a check, to the office;
  • Pay with your credit card by clicking on the Open University tab above;
  • Sign up the day of classes at any OU location.

Pre-registration is not required and we do not register for individual courses.  You may attend any or all that you desire!

OU Inclement Weather Policy


We will no longer strictly follow public school closings. During the first days of inclement weather, we will usually follow what the schools are doing.  But, when closings are drawn out, we will now make the decision to be OPEN or CLOSED ourselves. As always, please use your own judgment about the weather.

Weather closings will be:

  • posted on TSCOR’s website;
  • emailed automatically to those subscribed to the TSCOR website;
  • recorded on the TSCOR office answering machine;
  • scrolled on channels 6 and 8 along with other school and business closings.

We urge you to subscribe to the TSCOR website ( to get notices.

To subscribe to, look on the right of this screen (or any page on the website).  Just under the Shepherd’s Center logo and the Donate Button is a box where you can type your email address.  When you’ve put in your email address, just click on the button that reads “sign me up”.  Your email address is safe and secure with us.  The Center will NEVER give your email address to any third-party.  And, we will not swamp you with needless messages…only the interesting and important ones.