Program Overview & 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

Program Schedule

Day 1 (July 9, 16, and 23)

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 20th Birthday Party

Day 2 (July 10, 17, and 24)

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


GPU is held on the UW–Madison campus. Program check-in and Thursday-morning field trips depart from the Wisconsin Alumni Association. Ogg 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


The program fee includes meals (lunch and dinner on Thursday, and breakfast and lunch on Friday); instructional materials; campus transportation; tours; the GPU 20th Birthday Party; entertainment; a water bottle; a cinch sack; and a T-shirt.

Some optional program elements have additional fees. These include overnight housing in Ogg 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 Night Two Nights No overnight stay
Adult, Resident $265 $315 X
Child, Resident $235 $270 X
Adult & Child, Program only X X $210 per person

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 Wednesday, February 12, 2020. If you have questions, please contact the GPU staff at 608-308-5585

Cancellation Policy

You must cancel your registration by Thursday, June 4, 2020, 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.


If you have any questions about GPU, please email 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


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.