Mission & Vision


The University of Orange is a free people’s university that builds collective capacity for people to create more equitable cities.  We solve the problems of our world by learning to see the richness of our cities, becoming lifelong learners, participating in civic life, and having fun with our neighbors.



By 2017, the University of Orange is known as a fun, free university that facilitates Orange residents and their neighbors teaching and learning from each other.  We promote involvement in and influence on city governance through our graduation requirements and course offerings.  We communicate our brand of urbanism, based on neighborhood stability, equity, collective well-being and joy.  We regularly convene celebratory and educational events, such as placemaking, neighborhood tours, and urbanism summits.  We involve Orange’s youth intrinsically in our programs.

UofO’s many and varied courses are offered and advertised quarterly, the majority held in-person and some via the web.  Some classes are given by our partner organizations.  Classes are available to people of all ages, physical ability and educational background.  People clamor to teach courses using their expertise to enrich others; 50 people teach classes at least once a year.  We graduate 200 students a year, with our BFree, MFree and FreeD degrees.

UofO is known for recording and publishing the history of Orange and celebrating its residents.  We are visible in and to Orange, with street-level storefronts, face-to-face classes and events, participation in Orange activities, and a strong internet presence.  We have a small paid staff and a dedicated corps of volunteers. Our Board is active and representative of all of UofO’s stakeholders.  University of Orange operates primarily with gifts, grants and goodwill, and provides opportunities for graduates to financially support its operations.  We raise money and have fun doing it.

All involved are proud to be associated with UofO and talk about it wherever we go.  We who live in and near this community intend to improve its social, political, physical and cultural assets.  The University of Orange is a fun and joyful means toward these serious goals.



  1. Develop educational platform, including courses, teachers, partnerships, & catalog.
  2. Communicate our brand of urbanism.
  3. Record the history of Orange.
  4. Develop funds and other resources to support programs, courses, staff and infrastructure.
  5. Build infrastructure to support programs, courses and other activities, including staff, volunteers, storefronts, web presence, visibility.
  6. Celebrate all our accomplishments, however small!
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