K-State Grandparents University

Co-sponsored by the College of Education and the K-State Alumni Association

Thank you for your interest in Grandparents University. We had a fantastic event planned with several new sessions; however, with all the uncertainties right now, we find it necessary to postpone the event until next year. This is disappointing for all of us, but please know we’ll be looking forward to connecting with you and your future K-Staters in 2021. Until then, stay well and Go ‘Cats!

Grandparents University

Go 'Cats!

Join us on campus for three days and two nights of Wildcat activities for you and your child(ren) or grandchild(ren). K-State’s Grandparents University is designed to be a fun, learning adventure. You will have the opportunity to share your love of K-State while…

  • Working together on hands-on learning activities
  • Having fun during the various evening activities
  • Staying in one of the university residence hall suites
  • Enjoying time together
  • Meeting other grandparents, parents, alumni and non-alumni and children
  • Visiting Manhattan
  • Sharing K-State memories

K-State GPU gives multi-generational families the opportunity to experience college life together during the summer. It is also an optimal time to help alumni and other adults supportive of the KSU land grant mission to become re-acquainted with the campus.

K-State Grandparents University is an opportunity for grandparents, parents, alumni and non-alumni, children and grandchildren (ages 8-12) to come together for a three-day educational experience while spending time together on the KSU campus.

Participants enjoy the college experience of living in the residence halls, attending classes across campus and sampling the many highlights of KSU. Grandparents University gives alumni a chance to relive their college days while exploring campus and creating lifelong memories with their children and grandchildren.

The program is self-supporting and relies entirely on registration fees, donor contributions and sponsor support to cover all expenses.

Registration includes:

  • Sunday dinner
  • Monday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Call Hall ice cream
  • Tuesday brunch
  • All tours and activities
  • A free game and pair of shoes for bowling
  • A free pass to the Natatorium pool
  • One suite for two nights in Haymaker Hall
  • A t-shirt, bag, and memories to last a lifetime!

Adult/Child Requirement

Children attending Grandparents University must be accompanied by an adult at all times. No more than two children can be accompanied by one adult. Similarly, no more than two adults may accompany one child.

Required Contact Information

There are several pieces of information needed for registration and we strongly encourage you to obtain this prior to starting registration. In addition to names and contact information for those attending, you will also need the names, email, phone and mailing address of the child's parent or legal guardian. All communication is done by email, so you'll need to provide an email address for each adult participating as well as the child's parent/guardian. You'll also need the age of the child (at the time of Grandparents University) and t-shirt sizes for all participants. Once you're registered, each participant must sign and complete several release forms, which will be sent to attendees after registration.

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your registration, please send a written request to the conference registration office at registration@k-state.edu by June 30 to receive a refund less a $20 processing fee. We will be unable to issue any refunds after this date since we will have already incurred a majority of the costs for Grandparents University. As a self-funded program, we cannot use public university dollars, and therefore refunds are not possible after the date noted above. Please consider this carefully when registering.

Fees will not be canceled for registered participants who do not attend and have not notified our office by the cancellation deadline.

Global Campus may cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If the conference is canceled or postponed, Global Campus will refund registration fees, but cannot be held responsible for other costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charged assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

Health Information

Kansas State University does not collect or review health information regarding participants in Grandparents University. The University does, however, require certain consents as a condition of participation in the program. All children participating in Grandparents University must have a signed Release, Hold Harmless, and Indemnity Agreement, signed by the child’s parent or guardian, on file with KSU.

Adult participants are required to submit a signed Release, Hold Harmless, and Indemnity Agreement. Grandparents University maintains a list of urgent care facilities and emergency room facilities should you or your grandchild require medical assistance.

Both Release, Hold Harmless, and Indemnity Agreement Forms will be sent after Registration.

A sample Medical Authorization Form will be available also. This form will not be collected by Kansas State University and is not a requirement for Grandparents University. We do encourage grandparents to obtain some form of medical authorization from their grandchild’s legal guardian in the unlikely chance the grandparent may have to make medical decisions for their grandchild.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Packing List

  • Fan(s)
  • Alarm clock
  • Extension cord
  • Night light
  • Change for the vending machine (for late-night snacks or drinks)
  • Coffee Maker (if you are an early riser)
  • Sandals/shower shoes
  • Toiletries (tooth brush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, brush/comb)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Rain jacket & umbrella
  • Notebook
  • Pens & pencils
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock
  • Swimsuit
  • Activities (books, games, cards, etc.)
  • Bicycle (chain, padlock & bike helmet)