What you need to know before you arrive
Wednesday (July 12, 19, and 26)
For those who are arriving on campus on Wednesday
|3 p.m.||Ogg Hall check-in begins for those who are staying two nights|
|4–5 p.m.||Optional early program check-in at WAA|
|5–6 p.m.||One Alumni Place open house with light refreshments|
Schedule for Session I, II, and III
Day One: July 13, 20, 27
|8–11 a.m.||Program check-in|
|9:30–11 a.m.||Field trips|
|11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.||Opening session|
|1:30–2 p.m.||Transportation to your major|
|2–3:30 p.m.||In your major|
|3:30–3:45 p.m.||Break time (snacks provided)|
|3:45–5:15 p.m.||In your major|
|5:30–7 p.m.||Badger Picnic|
|6–7 p.m.||Chill with Bucky ice cream social|
|6:30–8:30 p.m.||Evening activities|
Day Two: July 14, 21, 28
|8:30–9 a.m.||Transportation to your major|
|9–10:30 a.m.||In your major|
|10:30–10:45 a.m.||Break time (snacks provided)|
|10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.||In your major|
|1:45–3 p.m.||Graduation ceremony|
|3 p.m.||Program concludes|
- Wisconsin Alumni Association (650 N. Lake Street)
- Ogg Hall
- Gordon Dining and Event Center
- Shannon Hall (Session I only
- Parking Ramps 46 and 83
This year, the check-in process for Grandparents University® (GPU) will take place at the Wisconsin Alumni Association® (WAA) at 650 N. Lake Street on Thursday morning from 8 to 11 a.m. If you are staying at Ogg Hall, you will check in at Ogg Hall first to get your room key and then proceed to WAA to check in for the program. We’ll have a shuttle bus running between Ogg Hall and WAA for your convenience. The optional field trips on Thursday morning will begin at 9:30 a.m. If you’re taking one of these field trips, you’ll need to check in at WAA no later than 9:05 a.m.
Thursday Morning Shuttle Bus
Shuttle buses will be available to transport participants from Ogg Hall and both parking ramps (Lots 46 and 83) to WAA for program check-in. Shuttle-bus service will be available from 8 to 10:30 a.m.
What to Bring
All participants will receive a Grandparents University® T-shirt, water bottle, and cinch sack.
- Casual clothes, including a sweater, sweatshirt, or jacket for air-conditioned classrooms.
- Comfortable walking shoes to get from place to place on our large campus.
- Rain gear, sunscreen, bug spray, and any required attire for your major. Find information about your major here.
- Camera, notebook, and pen to record your experiences.
- If you have a laptop or tablet, you may bring it to access wireless Internet in your room. There is also a computer lab on the first floor of Ogg Hall that will be available to GPU participants who are staying in Ogg Hall.
Staying in Ogg Hall
Staying one night: Check in at Ogg Hall first before checking into the program. After you check in at Ogg Hall, you may ride the shuttle bus or walk to the Wisconsin Alumni Association for program check-in.
Staying two nights: Those arriving a day early may check in to Ogg Hall at its front desk on Wednesday anytime after 3 p.m. The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day.
- For safety reasons, Ogg Hall will be locked from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. You will receive a key to get into the building.
- Residence hall rooms are air conditioned.
- All linens, blankets, towels, and soap are provided.
- Rooms have small refrigerators. Telephones are located in the common areas.
- Rooms do not have private baths; each bathroom facility serves four adjacent guest rooms. Room arrangements are made based on family and gender. Signs indicating which gender is using the bathroom will be used for mixed-gender groups.
- Laundry facilities, vending machines, and ice machines are available on the first floor.
- Those staying in Ogg Hall will have 24-hour access to the computer lab with their room key.
- Messages can be left for participants staying in Ogg Hall by calling 608-262-6899.
Some majors have special requirements that you will need to review prior to GPU. Learn more about your specific major on this page.
For majors that involve walking, a short distance is considered a half mile or less, with the walk being about 10 minutes long. The GPU team is dedicated to ensuring that all participants are able to participate in GPU activities. If you need assistance getting to or from your major, the opening session, or the graduation ceremony, we will have a shuttle ready to take you.
Meals are included for all GPU registrants. This includes lunch, the Badger Picnic, and the Chill with Bucky ice cream social on Thursday, as well as breakfast and lunch at Friday. All meals will be served at the Gordon Dining and Event Center, located across the street from Ogg Hall. The Chill with Bucky ice cream social will take place on the second floor of Gordon Dining and Event Center.
Join us for the opening session to learn about the two days ahead, meet the GPU team, and then get into the Badger spirit with members of the UW Marching Band.
UW Campus Field Trips
All participants had the option to select a field trip during registration. If you did not register for a field trip or would like to change your field trip, you may be able to do so during program check-in on Thursday morning. This will be based on available openings, if any, on the morning of check-in. No guarantees can be made about field trip openings. Field trips include Allen Centennial Garden, Bascom Hill Historic District walking tour, Camp Randall Stadium, campus bus tour, Chazen Museum of Art, Kohl Center and LaBahn Arena, Marmoset Learning Lobby, Town Center at the Discovery Building, Poultry Research Laboratory, UW Dairy Cattle Center, and UW Geology Museum.
After the Badger Picnic and Chill with Bucky ice cream social, grandparents and grandchildren will have the option to participate in activities such as bingo, board games, and arts and crafts at Gordon Dining and Event Center, with live music from Juke Box Bandstand DJ; or participate in GPU’s Amazing Race, which will start at Gordon Dining and Event Center and be supervised by GPU staff and student guides.
Celebrate the culmination of your time on campus at the Grandparents University® graduation ceremony!
During program check-in, family members may purchase tickets to attend the Badger Picnic and Chill with Bucky ice cream social. The cost is $22 per adult and $10 per child aged six or younger. Family members are also welcome at the graduation ceremony on Friday afternoon, but space is limited. Thursday-morning field trips, evening activities, and daytime GPU majors programming are for GPU registrants only. Sorry, no family members will be allowed.