Alumni and Staff from the Center for Educational Opportunity CeO 25th anniversary Dec. 7, 2018 (Photo © Andy Manis)

What is CeO?

The Center for Educational Opportunity (CeO) is a diverse, multifaceted, federally and state-funded center that strives to create equal opportunities in higher education. CeO promotes access to resources, academic achievement and personal growth for students whose parents have not received a four-year degree, students who meet specific federal family income guidelines, and students with documented disabilities.

CeO is comprised of the federally-funded TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) and Student Support Services-STEM (SSS-STEM) Programs and the state-funded Academic Success and Achievement Program (ASAP). The overall mission of CeO is to increase access, retention, and graduation rates at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for CeO Scholars. In order to achieve this, CeO Advisors and Staff embrace a personal approach and provide support in every aspect of the student’s path to achievement and success.


  • Structured First and Second Year Experience
  • Support for Scholars with Disabilities
  • CeO Classes
  • Academic Advising
  • Academic Coaching
  • Guiding Peers to Success Mentoring Program
  • Career Advising
  • Study Abroad Advising
  • Assistance with Financial Aid, Housing, and Other University Services
  • Graduate School and Professional School Advising
  • Cultural and Social Activities
  • Informational Resources

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