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Grandparents University

Uniting Spartan Generations 

Since 2005, Michigan State University has welcomed young Spartans, ages 8-13, and their grandparents to campus for a unique inter-generational learning experience at Grandparents University (GPU). 

GPU is a three-day campus experience that actively engages participants in MSU academics while creating lasting family memories. Each year, more than 1,000 participants from around the country and world choose from classes offered by more than 20 colleges and units. Grandchildren and their grandparents participate in three classes and unique evening programming with ample time allocated for exploring all that the MSU campus has to offer, and experience college life by living and dining in an MSU residence hall. 

Class of 2024

As we get closer to Grandparents University 2024, review these helpful documents to best prepare for your time on campus.

Registration and Scholarships

Learn more about what's included in the program, registration information, view the class catalog and evening activities, and all program details.

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Housing and Meals 

All participants in Grandparents University experience college life by living and dining in an MSU residence hall. Registration includes two nights lodging in Holmes or Akers Hall and meals in MSU's award-winning dining services. Explore where you'll be staying at GPU. 

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Volunteers and Instructors 

Grandparents University would not be successful without the work of many who give of their time annually as instructors and volunteers in a host of other capacities. Volunteering your time creates a memorable experience for future Spartans, alumni and friends of MSU. 

Instructor application is now closed. 

Volunteer registration is now closed.

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Frequently Asked Questions 

Have questions about GPU? Check out our FAQ page.

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A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors 

Grandparents University is organized by the faculty and staff within colleges and units across campus. The MSU Alumni Office would like to thank the following contributors for sponsoring Grandparents University:

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