Prospective Students

*We are still accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. CLICK HERE TO APPLY!*

How will you benefit from CeO:

  • Each semester, first- and second-year CeO Scholars have priority registration for classes – allowing a better chance to secure enrollment in high demand courses
  • Support and guidance from a dedicated CeO advisor who is committed to helping CeO Scholars meet goals at each academic stage through graduation
  • Peer Navigators who support first-year CeO Scholars through the transition to college life during the first year at UW
  • An open, welcoming space to study, connect with other scholars, and meet with CeO staff
  • Opportunity to attend CeO-funded events, conferences, and experiences to support academic growth and preparation for life after graduation such as the BioHealth Summit, McNair/SSS Graduate School Retreat, Empowering You Conference, and STEM alternative spring break
  • Access to free tutoring/coaching through DDEEA ACTS, CeO’s Math Specialist, and CeO’s Writing Specialist, Dr. Shawn Peters
  • Exclusive access to CeO seminar course ED PSYCH 506: CeO Psychology of Forgiveness and 4-credit PSYCH 202 Intro to Psych course with discussion
  • A community of peers and advocates who foster a sense of belonging and support student success

What will be expected of CeO Scholars

All CeO Scholars (first-year, transfer, and continuing CeO Scholars)

  • Attend semester meetings as prescribed by your CeO advisor
  • Seek academic support through services offered in CeO and across campus
  • Respond to CeO emails and communications in a timely manner
  • Represent oneself and CeO in a respectful manner and within the policies of CeO and UW-Madison

New Transfer Scholars and Scholars in academic risk

  • Complete and review semester progress report as directed

First-Year Scholars

  • Participate in a HIP (High Impact Practice) course during the first semester of attendance at UW-Madison (i.e. Learning Community seminar, Undergraduate Research Scholars, select HIP seminar courses, or First-Year Interest Groups)
  • Participate and attend Success Series weekly peer gatherings
  • Attend CeO First-Year Orientation the in August
  • Complete and review semester progress report each semester during one’s first year
  • Complete the LASSI and CeO Writing Assessments

To take a more in-depth look at the services that CeO students receive click here and here.

We are still accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. CLICK HERE TO APPLY!

Questions? Email or call 608-265-5106.

Eligibility Requirements

All undergraduate students supported by CeO must be either a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident. The Center for Educational Opportunity requires that applicants meet at-least one of the following program eligibility requirements: Girl working on laptop computer

    1. Is a first-generation college student
      1. Neither parent received a baccalaureate degree
      2. A student who regularly resided with and received support from one parent and that supporting parent did not receive a baccalaureate degree
      3. A baccalaureate degree is commonly referred to as a “four-year degree” or “bachelor’s degree”
    2. Meets federal income guidelines
      1. Taxable income did not exceed 150 percent of poverty level for the previous year
      2. Click here to review Federal TRIO Program income guidelines
    3. Is a student with a documented disability
      1. Additional documentation of a disability is required

*For applicants who do not meet the requirements listed above, consideration is given to students that would benefit from services provided by CeO to support academic success.

The Center for Educational Opportunity highly recommends that all interested students apply as soon as possible, so they are able to benefit from CeO Services and prepare for the upcoming academic year.

If you need help with the application or have questions email us at or call (608) 265-5106.