GPU Frequently Asked Questions
What is GPU®?
GPU® is two days at our beautiful mountainside campus with a unique opportunity to make memories with your grandchild (recommended ages 8-14). You will enjoy hands-on learning with real full time faculty and a variety of intriguing subjects
How old does my grandchild have to be to register for GPU®?
GPU® recommends that grandchildren be between the ages of 8 and 14.
Can I bring more than one grandchild with me to GPU®?
Yes, but all family members must be enrolled in the same classes.
How much does GPU® cost?
The registration fee for GPU® includes attendance at all GPU events, morning snack, lunch and dinner on Thursday, breakfast and lunch on Friday, campus transportation, and a GPU water bottle and t-shirt.
Now through March 31 - $139 per adult, and $79 per child
April 1 through May 31 - $149 per adult, and $89 per child
June 1 through July 12 - $159 per adult, and $99 per child
Optional Housing Fee
The cost for staying one night at Bicentennial Hall, the Mount’s newest residence hall, is $39 per person. Families will be given their own suites (unless you request to be housed with another family) which includes individual rooms, a shared living room and restroom and small refrigerator/microwave. If you need to stay an additional night, let us know. Housing is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
What is the last day to register for the Optional Housing?
By the end of business on July 2.
What is the last day to register for GPU?
By the end of business on July 12.
What if I have to cancel after registering?
Full refund by July 1
July 2 to July 12 – full refund minus $70 administrative fee
July 13 to July 18 – full refund minus $100 administrative fee
No refund after the program begins
Is staying overnight on campus mandatory?
While we recommend staying on campus to enjoy the full program experience, you may choose to stay elsewhere during the program and commute to campus.
What are the amenities in Bicentennial Hall?
Bicentennial Hall is a 170 student suite-style residence hall. Most suites are equipped with a living room and a bathroom; all are air-conditioned and contain a small microwave-refrigerator. There is free wireless and digital TV connections for your laptop. All bed linens, blankets, pillows, towels, and washcloths are stocked in each room. Guests need to bring soap, toothpaste and shampoo.
Do we eat all of our meals on campus?
During registration on Thursday morning, light refreshments (coffee/tea/cocoa, juice and pastries) will be served. All other meals are provided in your program fee.
How do we get around campus?
You may choose to walk to classes and around the campus. If you prefer, shuttle service is provided. Student guides will be on hand to see you get where you need to be.
Where do we park?
There will be signs directing you to the appropriate parking lot when you arrive on campus. Parking passes will be provided.
How many classes will we take?
Participants attend 5 class sessions, each being 90 minutes long. The major you have been assigned will have two sessions, with three other “electives.” A confirmation packet including detailed information about your classes and schedule will be sent after July 2.
What if I don’t get the major that I selected on my registration form?
We believe strongly in the quality of every major offered and that even if you don’t get your first choice, you will still have a great experience at GPU®.
How do I select my electives?
Simply indicate your preferences on the registration form. We will make every effort to give you and your grandchildren your first preferences. Please note that the sooner you register, the higher priority you will receive for your preferences.
Are there special items I need to bring?
You will receive an information packet detailing your major and class electives. If there are any special items to bring for your classes, they will be listed. You will also want to be sure to bring special “free time” items you need, such as a swimsuit. While linens are included in the rooms, participants will need to bring other essentials like soap, shampoo and toothpaste. If you are staying overnight, you might want to bring insect repellant, a flashlight and small games to play with others. There are small refrigerator/microwave units in the rooms if you want to bring treats for your stay.
Will there be free time during the day?
Yes. The breaks between sessions and meal times are scheduled to allow free time to do whatever you like—walk around the campus, relax or spend time with other families. There is a homebase room designated with water, refreshments and space to relax. Built into the program are some structured fun activities. A basketball net and outdoor volleyball area are located near the dining area.
Tell me about the recreational facility we can use on Thursday evening.
On the other side of the highway from the campus is the PNC Center where there is the ARCC - the athletic facility. Weather permitting, you will be able to use the pool and there are swimming noodles, belts and boards - as well as a fully equipped changing area for your use. Be sure to bring your swimsuit, towel and shower items. You can walk to the ARCC via the tunnel that runs under the highway from each side of the campus, or the van shuttle is available.
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