Attendee Information

What you need to know before you arrive

Program Check-In

Check-in process for Grandparents University® (GPU) will take place in the east foyer of Stewart Center from 8:00–9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 27.

If you are staying in Third Street Suites, you will check in at the residence hall first to get your room key and then proceed to Stewart Center to check in for the program.

We will have a shuttle bus running between the residence hall and Stewart Center from 7:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m. for your convenience.

What to Bring

  • Casual clothes, including a sweater, sweatshirt, or jacket for air-conditioned classrooms
  • Comfortable walking shoes to get from place to place
  • Rain gear, sunscreen, bug spray, and any required attire for your major
  • Camera, notebook, and pen to record your experiences

Field Trip Options

Visit the heart of the Memorial Mall

This walking tour will visit the campus hubs for students and visitors alike. Tour the Purdue Memorial Union; Stewart Center, including the Purdue Alumni Boilermaker Station; and the Memorial Mall. Learn about the history of the University — and how it ties in with the broader events in American history.

Campus Bus Tour

Explore some of the most iconic locations on campus by bus with current Purdue students as your guides. Participants will learn about the campus and have opportunities to stop and take photos along the way.

Guide to Physical Activity Levels

Levels of physical activity vary among majors and field trips, so please read the descriptions carefully and choose what best suits your physical abilities.

  • Low: Most activities and tours take place indoors, with some walking required. Majors will have mostly seated activities.
  • Medium: Some movement and walking required between classrooms and venues, which may include stairs. Long periods of standing may be required, outdoor activity is possible.
  • High: Significant movement and physical activity, including walking or hiking outdoors.

Every attempt will be made to honor accessibility requests made in advance.

Purdue University and the GPU team is committed to ensuring that all participants are able to participate in GPU activities. If you need any assistance please contact Pamela Stokes at or 765-494-9482.


Meals are included for all GPU registrants (continental breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner on Thursday; breakfast and lunch on Friday).

All meals will be served in the dining court.

Family Members

Family members may purchase tickets to eat lunch with GPU participants in the dining court on Friday afternoon before graduation. The cost is $13 per person, and $7 for children under the age of 10.

Family members are welcome at the graduation ceremony at Loeb Playhouse on Friday afternoon. Thursday morning field trips, evening activities, and daytime GPU majors programming are for GPU registrants only.

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