Attendee Information

What you need to know before you arrive

Program Schedule

Wednesday

July 11, 18, and 25

For those who are arriving on campus on Wednesday

3 p.m. Ogg Hall check-in begins for those who are staying two nights
4–6 p.m. Optional early program check-in at WAA/One Alumni Place
4–6 p.m. Activities in One Alumni Place with light refreshments

Thursday

Day One: July 12, 19, 26

8–11 a.m. Program check-in (if you are going on a field trip, you must check in by 9:50 a.m.)
10 a.m. Buses load for field trips
10:15 a.m. Field trips depart
10:15–11:45 a.m. Field trips
12–12:30 p.m. Opening session
12:30–1:30 p.m. Lunch
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 p.m. In your major
5–7 p.m. Badger Picnic
6–7 p.m. Chill with Bucky ice cream social
6:30–8:30 p.m. GPU Amazing Race and evening activities

Friday

Day Two: Session I: July 13

7:30–8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30–9 a.m. Transportation to your major
9 a.m.-12 p.m. In your major
12:15–1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15–1:30 p.m. Shuttle or walk to graduation
1:45–3 p.m. Graduation
3-3:15 p.m. Shuttle or walk to residence hall
4 p.m. Check out from residence hall

Day Two: Session II, III: July 20, 27

7:30–8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30–9 a.m. Transportation to your major
9 a.m.-12 p.m. In your major
12:15–1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:45–3 p.m. Graduation
3-3:15 p.m. Shuttle or walk to residence hall
4 p.m. Check out from residence hall

Locations

  • Campus
  • Wisconsin Alumni Association (650 N. Lake Street)
  • Ogg Hall
  • Gordon Dining and Event Center
  • Shannon Hall (Session I only)
  • Parking ramps (TBD)

Program Check-In

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 10:15 a.m. If you’re taking one of these field trips, you’ll need to check in at WAA no later than 9:50 a.m.

It’s construction season, and there are two projects on campus — construction outside of the WAA building and the recent demolition of the Southeast Recreational Facility (SERF) — that will affect GPU participants, as they may result in some additional walking and/or lead to heavy traffic.

Because of the construction outside of WAA, the shuttle bus for program check-in will drop off attendees at the corner of Langdon and N. Lake Streets. This means that attendees will need to walk one block north to WAA’s entry at 650 N. Lake Street to check in. (Entry to sidewalks and the WAA building will not be blocked.)

Because of the SERF demolition, there is heavy construction by Dayton Street near both Ogg Hall and Gordon Dining and Event Center. In addition, Phillips Lounge in Ogg Hall is being used as a fitness center throughout the summer to accommodate for the SERF’s absence, meaning there will be increased foot traffic on the first floor of the residence hall. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thursday-Morning Shuttle Bus

Shuttle buses will be available to transport participants from Ogg Hall and the parking ramps 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 in to 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.

Majors

Some majors have special requirements that you will need to review prior to GPU. Learn more about your specific major on this page.

Accessibility

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

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 on 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 the Gordon Dining and Event Center.

Opening Session

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 Alumni Park, Allen Centennial Garden,  Camp Randall Stadium, campus bus tour, campus walking tour, Chazen Museum of Art, Kohl Center and LaBahn Arena, L. R. Ingersoll Physics Museum, Town Center at the Discovery Building, Poultry Research Laboratory (Session II only), UW Dairy Cattle Center, and UW Geology Museum.

Thursday-Evening Activities

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 the Gordon Dining and Event Center, with live music from Juke Box Bandstand DJ; or participate in GPU’s Amazing Race, which will start at the Gordon Dining and Event Center and be supervised by GPU staff and student guides. The GPU Amazing Race begins at 6:30 p.m.

Graduation

Celebrate the culmination of your time on campus at the Grandparents University® graduation ceremony!

Family

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-major programming are for GPU registrants only. Sorry, no family members will be allowed.

Questions? Check out Grandparents University at uwalumni.com/gpu, email gpu@uwalumni.com, or call the Grandparents University team at 608-308-5585.