Prospective Students

Dear UW-Madison students,

We provide a nurturing and inclusive learning environment for over 450 CeO Undergraduate Scholars on UW-Madison’s campus. Our center is comprised of two Federal-funded TRIO grant programs, Student Support Services and Student Support Services-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). We also support students through our state-funded, Academic Support and Achievement Program (ASAP).

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

The priority deadline to apply (July 1st) has passed. We are still here to answer your questions about CeO and will begin accepting applications in the spring for the follow Fall 2021 semester. Reach out to if you have questions!


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
      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 all interested students apply.

Priority Application Deadline: July 1, 2020

*Students who apply by this date will be reviewed for acceptance to receive services starting in Fall 2020


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