Each child must always be accompanied by an adult. One adult can bring two children, provided that all three attend the same class and stay together as a group. In some sessions, this will mean sharing equipment and working together as one unit. Participants registered in the same group will be placed in the same major and field trip.
While this program is designed for grandparents and grandchildren, we recognize that situations may arise where a grandparent is unable to attend. In these cases, a child’s relative—excluding a parent—may accompany them to the program. The child’s parent or legal guardian is required to sign permission forms prior to the event.
Children must be 7–14 years old.
All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, so each child would need at least one adult with them. To be placed in separate majors, you must register in separate groups.
No! Grandparents University is open to all family, friends, and fans of the university.
Yes, parents or guardians of participating children may attend the graduation ceremony in the Elliott Hall of Music.
The locations of several of our majors are within walking distance from the Purdue Memorial Union, which is where our main activities will take place. Buses will be available on a limited route for majors that require transportation. While these buses may not be able to offer door-to-door service, they reduce the amount of walking. A campus map will be provided upon arrival.
Commuting participants are encouraged to park in the Wood Street Garage at the posted hourly rate or use parking meters that use the Passport mobile app; payment of fees is required as posted. Please note Grant Street Garage will be inaccessible for the summer of 2024. Visitors may also purchase a visitor permit online. Visitors must still observe special postings including reserved spaces or spaces for accessible parking.
Campus visitors can purchase a daily permit, which costs $5 per day. With a daily permit, unless restrictions are posted that indicate otherwise, visitors may park in any “A,” “B,” or “C” space—excluding the Grant Street and Harrison Street parking garages. Daily permit parking is valid Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please visit Purdue’s visitor parking page to purchase a daily permit and learn more about parking options around campus.
No. However, if you need assistance getting to the main activities from the residence hall, please indicate that on your registration under Special Accommodations.
Purdue University encourages programs and activities that enhance learning and stimulate creativity in youth. The success of these programs depends on careful planning that makes safety the highest priority. The Programs Involving Minors Policy (III.A.6) and its associated Operating Procedures for Programs Involving Minors reinforce the safety of minors by putting in place requirements for background checks, program registration, training, and other safeguards based on the type of program.
A $5 daily permit will allow visitors to utilize spaces that require an “A” permit and a disability license plate or official placard. Please visit Purdue’s parking website to purchase a daily permit and learn more about accessible parking options around campus.
We want to make sure our program is accessible to everyone. For that reason, there is space on the GPU registration form to list any accommodations you may need. We also have included the activity levels for both majors and field trips on our website. Please read those carefully before completing your registration.
Registering early is key, so please be aware of registration dates and times. Some of the majors are limited in size due to availability of equipment or the venue. No guarantees can be made for any major.
Reminder: Participants registered in the same group will be placed in the same major and field trip. To be placed in separate majors, you must register in separate groups.
During the registration process, you will rank your major preferences from one to five, with one being your favorite. Major assignments will be sent to the primary registrant’s email in early June. Personalized schedules with details will be sent out one week before the event.
On March 1, a full list of our 2024 majors—as well as their descriptions and activities—will be available on our website. Field trips can be found under the “Event Details” tab.
You will receive an email in early June, that includes both your major and field trip information.
If you didn’t receive your top choice, you can use this opportunity to build excitement about learning something new and unexpected with your grandchild! While the majors are a factor in choosing to participate in GPU, the entire program is a highly enjoyable experience.
The Grandparents University program makes every effort to contact and encourage participation from each college at Purdue. Due to prior commitments and space constraints, not all colleges can participate each year.
Do you have a request for a college or course? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be offering two sessions for Grandparents University 2024: July 18–19 and July 25–26.
Specific details will be sent to participants two weeks before the event.
Yes. We have secured a room block at the Union Club Hotel on campus. Please check out the Lodging page for room rates and hotel information.
Frieda Parker Hall was selected based on several important requirements, including availability, accessibility, and private bathrooms. It offers semi-suite style rooms that accommodate four people per suite.
One semi-suite includes two rooms and four single beds. If your party exceeds four people, you must purchase an additional semi-suite.
No. If you have medicine or other health-related items that need to be refrigerated, please indicate this in the “Special Accommodations” section of your registration or notify us prior to arriving on campus. Arrangements can be made if we receive advance notice.
Your GPU registration fee includes one breakfast on Friday morning, two lunches, and one dinner. On Thursday morning, light refreshments and breakfast snacks will be available throughout registration. Snacks will also be provided during breaks.
All allergies are taken very seriously and communicated with our culinary teams. If you or your grandchild has a food allergy, please make sure to indicate that during the registration process under “Special Accommodations.”
You must cancel your registration by Friday, May 31, 2024, to receive a refund. (The $50 administrative fee is nonrefundable.) Many of the costs associated with GPU are incurred prior to the program. Please consider the cancellation date carefully when registering. In the event of a family emergency, special arrangements will be considered.
Substitutions are allowed if the substitute completes the necessary waivers and returns them to us—signed—at least 30 days prior to the program start date. Substitutes must be in the same age group of the person they are replacing.
The registration fee includes five meals, five and a half hours of class time, admission to evening activities, an event T-shirt, transportation around campus, and other program items. You may wish to bring money for vending machines and souvenirs.
Purdue University prohibits the possession, use, or distribution of any explosives, guns, or other deadly or dangerous materials or weapons reasonably calculated to cause bodily injury in university facilities.
No illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages are allowed during the GPU program. GPU staff members reserve the right to remove participants who are under the influence or prohibit them from participating in the GPU program.