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Grandparents University

Grandparents University® (GPU) offers a unique opportunity for the young and young-at-heart to share in a love of learning. It’s a chance to create wonderful memories, strengthen connections, and enjoy hands-on activities in “majors” led by top UW faculty and staff.

How You Can Participate

GPU 2023

Grandparents University is an intergenerational learning experience for children who are accompanied by a grandparent(s) or older adult relative(s) who is not their parent. We recommend one to two children per adult. Children must be between the ages of 7 and 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 member or recognized in Van Hise Society, Bascom Hill Society, or 1848 Society to register.

If you meet one or more of these criteria and would like to receive information about GPU – and the link to register on registration day – you must join our GPU mailing list. Scroll to the bottom of this page and complete the form before January 31, 2024 to receive information about GPU sessions happening in July 2024.

WAA membership is open to everyone, and you may join today! Learn more about becoming a member or renewing your membership at

If you have questions, email the GPU team or call 608-308-5585. Please be aware that due to the pandemic WAA staff is working remotely and will respond to inquiries as quickly as possible.

Save the Date

Grandparents University 2024®
Session 1: July 11-12
Session 2: July 18-19
Session 3: July 25-26

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    Grandparents University is a Wisconsin Alumni Association member benefit. You must be a current WAA member or be recognized in Van Hise Society, Bascom Hill Society, or 1848 Society to register for GPU. Learn about becoming a WAA member.