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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). 

Grandparents University 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. 

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

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Registration and Scholarships

The 2024 class catalog is now available! View the class catalog.
Step 1: Application is scheduled to open March 20 at 10 a.m. ET.
Step 2: Enrollment opens March 22 at 10 a.m. ET.

The links to apply and enroll will be live on this webpage those days.

Learn more about what's 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 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 scheduled to open in mid-April.

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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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