Open University (OU)

Open University Fall Session Begins September 18, 2017

Click HERE for the Fall Schedule

Click HERE to pay tuition with your credit card

(We will also accept credit cards at OU locations).

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 $40 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 $40 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 18 through November 9, 2017
Winter: January 15 through March 8, 2018
Spring: April 2 through May 24, 2018

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

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

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.

OU Inclement Weather Policy

  • When Richmond City schools are closed, Open University is also closed.
  • If the schools are on a delayed opening, our classes will meet as scheduled with no delay.  Attendance is at your discretion and we urge you to be safe.

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