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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. 

This three-day campus experience is a truly unique, fun-filled experience that actively engages kids in Michigan State academics while creating lasting family memories. Each year, 1,300 guests from throughout the United States and around the world choose from nearly 200 classes offered by more than 25 colleges and units at MSU. Students participate in four classes and unique evening programming, with ample time allocated for exploring all that the MSU campus has to offer.

If you have questions about Grandparents University, see our frequently asked questions.


Registration Details

The class catalog gives an overview of the class descriptions, class sizes and evening activities available.

View the 2023 Class Catalog

Registration is scheduled to open April 4 at 10 a.m. ET. The registration link will be live on this webpage that day.


Registration and Scholarships 

Learn more about what is included in the program, registration details, view the class catalog and evening activities, requirements and our Grandparents University scholarships. 

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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 dozens of volunteers who give of their time annually as instructors, photographers, information desk workers, transportation guides and in a host of other capacities. Volunteering your time is an excellent way to help create an amazing experience for future Spartans, alumni and friends of MSU. 

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Frequently Asked Questions 

Have questions about GPU? Check out our FAQ page — we just might have the answer!

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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:

Student Researcher            

   Liberty Mutual                             MSUFCU