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Program Overview and Eligibility

Grandparents University® is an intergenerational learning experience for children aged seven to 14 who are accompanied by a grandparent(s) or older adult relative(s) who is not a parent. We recommend one to two children per adult. Children must be between the ages of seven to 14 during the GPU session. Adults do not need to be UW–Madison or UW System alumni to attend; however, one member of the family — a grandparent/older adult relative or a parent of a grandchild — must be a Wisconsin Alumni Association® (WAA) member, or recognized as Van Hise Society, Bascom Hill Society, or 1848 Society to register. WAA membership is open to everyone, and you may join today! You can learn more about becoming a member or renew your membership at uwalumni.com/membership.

Program Schedule

Day 1 (July 14, 21, and 28)

  • 8–11 a.m. Program check-in
  • 10–11:30 a.m. Field trips
  • 11:45–12:15 p.m. Opening session
  • 12:30–1:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:30–2 p.m. Transportation to majors
  • 2–5 p.m. In your major
  • 5 p.m. Thursday Evening Dinner at Gordon Dining and Event Center
  • 6:30–8:30 p.m. GPU Block Party


Day 2 (July 15, 22, and 29)

  • 7:45–8:30 a.m. Breakfast
  • 8:30–9 a.m. Transportation to majors
  • 9–12 p.m. In your major
  • 12:15–1:15 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:45–2:45 p.m. Graduation ceremony
  • 2:45 p.m. Program concludes

Location

GPU is held on the UW–Madison campus. Program check-in and Thursday-morning field trips depart from the Wisconsin Alumni Association. Smith Hall serves as the official residence hall for GPU. All meals are at Gordon Dining and Event Center. Bus transportation is provided to all program locations that are not within easy walking distance of Gordon Dining and Event Center. Participants will need to walk short distances to board buses and to reach the dining hall.

Please contact the GPU team if you have mobility concerns by calling 608-308-5585 or emailing gpu@uwalumni.com.

Cost

The program fee includes meals (lunch and dinner on Thursday, and breakfast and lunch on Friday); instructional materials; campus transportation; tours; the GPU Block Party; entertainment; a water bottle; a cinch sack; and a T-shirt.

Some optional program elements have additional fees. These include overnight housing in Smith Hall and UW parking permits. More information about optional program elements is available on the Hospitality page.

Below are program fees based on your lodging choice:

One NightTwo NightsNo overnight stay
Adult, Resident$285$335X
Child, Resident$255$290X
Adult and Child, Program onlyXX$230

Only credit card payments can be accepted. We cannot accept checks.

Some financial assistance is available for the GPU program. Fill out the scholarship application online. The application is due Friday, March 11, 2022. If you have questions, please contact the GPU staff at 608-308-5585.

Parking

  • Parking passes are available for purchase via registration only. Parking passes will not be available for purchase during the program. You may contact the GPU team after you register if you need to add a parking pass.
  • A UW parking permit that is valid for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday costs $45. A permit that is valid for Thursday and Friday costs $30.
  • Parking passes will be mailed in June 2022 to the primary grandparent’s address listed during registration.

Cancellation Policy

You must cancel your registration by Wednesday, June 1, 2022 to receive a refund, minus a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations received after this date will not be eligible for a refund. In the event of a family emergency, however, special arrangements will be considered.

Questions

If you have any questions about GPU, please email gpu@uwalumni.com or call program staff at 608-308-5585.

GPU mailing address:
Grandparents University
c/o Wisconsin Alumni Association
650 N. Lake Street
Madison, WI 53706-1476

Health and Safety

COVID-19: Masks may be worn, but are not required for participation in Grandparents University. Please be respectful of others’ decisions regarding masking. If, during or prior to GPU, a member of your group develops COVID-19 symptoms, tests positive for COVID-19, or is exposed to someone with COVID-19, please follow the CDC isolation and quarantine guidelines, and contact the Grandparents University team at 608-308-5585 or gpu@uwalumnni.com for cancellation and refund options. Participants must also comply with campus COVID-19 protocols, which can be found here. Dane County testing sites can be found here.

*Some majors require masks in specific buildings or activities. Those who are participating in one of the majors that has an activity with a mask requirement will be contacted individually.

No guns or weapons are allowed on the UW-Madison campus. We cannot guarantee that locations off campus have a weapons-free policy.

No illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages are allowed during the GPU program. GPU staff members reserve the right to evict participants who are under the influence or prohibit them from participating in the GPU program.