Grandparents University®

Grandparents University®, a program of Winona State University's Retiree Center, brings together grandparents and grandchildren aged 8 to 14 for a two-day dynamic intergenerational learning experience. You will select a major of study that piques your interest and participate in four class sessions over two days. You will stay in Winona State’s newest residence hall, attend classes taught by Winona State University professors, dine in the cafeteria and make memories that last a lifetime! We are located in southeastern Minnesota, nestled between scenic bluffs on the banks of the Mississippi River – a wonderful spot to explore nature and learn!

Remember, you don’t have to be a grandparent to participate – perhaps you have a special niece or nephew, a godchild, or another young family member who would enjoy a unique educational experience. Grandparents University® gives that special "Grandfriend" (Grandfriend, aunt, uncle) an opportunity to explore college life and create lifelong memories with their grandchildren.

We also welcome trios of participants! Two grandparents* (or another special adult pair) can bring one grandchild or one grandparent can bring two grandchildren. All three MUST be enrolled in the same major.

*This is a wonderful option if both the paternal and maternal grandmothers or grandfathers wish to participate (or perhaps a special aunt and uncle or Godparents) or if you wish to bring both of your grandchildren.


Register Now for Grandparents University 2017

We apologize for the delay in online registration availability for Grandparents University 2017. We are now offering paper registration forms instead.

Please print and mail the 2017 Grandparents University Registration form (PDF) to the Retiree Center with an enclosed check payment. You may also drop off the forms and payment at the Retiree Center (Alumni House, 227 W. Wabasha, Winona, MN).

We will have paper copies of the registration form available at the Retiree Center if you’d rather not print at home.

If you have any questions, please call us at 507.457.5565 or email Thank you for your patience as we work through our registration process.

Grandparents University® is a Registered Trademark of UW-Madison and is used with permission.