Eleven CeO Scholars standing outside Carsen Gully in two rows wearing red and white CeO shirts.

The Center for Educational Opportunity (CeO) empowers eligible students to engage and achieve through holistic advising, connecting students with campus resources, and fostering a supportive climate for all students.

CeO helps students progress through their academic careers at UW–Madison with the support of two federally funded TRIO grants and a state-funded program Student Support Services (SSS), Student Support Services-STEM (STEM), and the Academic Success and Achievement Program (ASAP).

Learn more about our mission and TRIO services.

"CeO is the best place to be. There are people who are ready to assist you in any way, so just reach out and the help will be right there for you to grab. You are not alone!"

A. O., Spring 2023 CeO Graduate

UW-Madison students are eligible to apply to CeO if they:

  • Are a First Generation College Student
    • Neither parent received a baccalaureate degree
    • A student who regularly resided with and received support from one parent and that supporting parent did not receive a baccalaureate degree
    • baccalaureate degree is commonly referred to as a “four-year degree” or “bachelor’s degree”
  • Meet federal family income guidelines
  • Have a documented disability