Open University

See the spring Open University schedule here!

Register and pay for classes here.

Classes begin Monday, March 23, 2020. Membership and tuition can be paid at the same time.

The Open University is the best bargain in town when it comes to lifelong learning in Richmond. You’ll find offerings in history, literature, political science, arts, foreign languages and so much more. Our instructors are both retired and active professors from area universities, along with business professionals, world travelers and local celebrities. Best of all, there are no tests to take or papers to write, just great things to learn. There are three, 8-week sessions each year in the fall, winter and spring, and when you become a Shepherd’s Center of Richmond member (only $25 for the entire year), you get a discounted tuition! Please see the schedule for more information and detailed listings of our courses, lectures and lunch speakers.


  • fall session: Sept 23 – Nov 14, 2019
  • winter session: Jan 13 – Mar 5, 2020
  • spring session: Mar 23 – May 21, 2020


  • Open University on Mondays: 
    • St. Luke Lutheran, 7757 Chippenham Pkwy, Richmond, 23225
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  • Open University on Thursdays:
    • First Presbyterian Church  4602 Cary St at Lock Lane, Richmond, 23226
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  • Lunch & Life on Wednesdays:
    • A four-week lecture series. Free and open to the public.
    • St. Mary Catholic Church  9505 Gayton Rd, Richmond, 23229
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Register, Pay Tuition (and Become a Member!):

  • Mail:
    • print the schedule, complete the registration, make check payable to “The Shepherd’s Center,” and mail to the administrative offices:
    • 3111 Northside Ave., #400, Richmond, VA 23228
  • Online
  • Onsite:
    • sign up the day of classes at either Open University location

Inclement Weather Policy:

If Richmond Public Schools are CLOSED due to inclement weather, then Open University classes are CANCELLED.  If Richmond Public Schools are DELAYED, then Open University is OPEN and classes start at the usual 9:45 am time. Notice of closings are:

  • posted on the website
  • emailed to subscribers of the website*
  • recorded on the Shepherd’s Center office answering machine
  • scrolled on channels 6 and 8 along with other school and business closings

*We urge you to subscribe to the The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond website.  To subscribe, look on the right of this page (or any page on the website) for the box where you can type in your email address.  When you’ve entered it, 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.