The University of Wisconsin–Madison assists eligible veterans, active duty service personnel, disabled veterans, reservists, National Guard Members, and dependents with state and federal education benefit programs.
We welcome applications from veterans and military personnel, and currently have more than 400 student veterans receiving education benefits at UW–Madison.
All veteran applicants must submit a complete application for admission. The application review process parallels that of other freshman and transfer applicants. Ultimately, student veterans are expected to cover required course work at a level of achievement similar to that noted on our general freshman and transfer admission requirements and expectation Web sites.
Our application deadlines are February 3 for the fall term and October 1 for the spring term. Applications received after these dates may be considered if the applicant’s circumstance warrants.
Applicants can also contact the Veteran Services and Military Assistance Center in the Registrar’s Office to receive assistance with questions and paperwork. This is where you enroll for your GI Bill® education benefits. Please note: Students must be admitted to the university in order to qualify for veteran education benefits.
If you are getting out of the service or have already separated from the service and have not yet taken any college courses, you should apply directly to the Office of Admissions. Review the Freshman Admission section of the Web site to learn more about expectations and deadlines.
It is important to note that veterans are expected to meet the minimum academic course preparation guidelines, including two years of the same foreign language and at least one year each of algebra, geometry, and advanced math. Veteran applicants must also submit results from either the ACT Plus Writing or SAT, including the standardized writing test if the applicant graduated from high school in the spring of 2006 or after.
Veterans who do not meet minimum freshman admission expectations and/or who did not have a successful high school career are encouraged to consider enrolling at one of the 13 UW Colleges freshman/sophomore campuses or another two-year community college with a liberal arts transfer program. Upon successfully completing at least 24 semester hours of appropriate college-level course work, student veterans may then apply for transfer admission to UW–Madison.
If you are a veteran and have previously taken college courses at another institution, you should apply as a transfer student. Review the Transfer Admission section of the Web site to learn more. You will need to have completed the following required course work to apply:
Students who are deployed to active service while enrolled at UW–Madison and wish to return to the university following their active military duty do not need to reapply for admission. Activated students who wish to reenter the university should contact the Veteran Services and Military Assistance Center for more information.
We award up to six credits in military science for students who have completed basic training. In addition, we evaluate military transcripts for possible transfer credit. In general, learning experiences at military schools are occupational in nature and therefore not eligible for transfer credit. Courses must be similar in nature to a course in our undergraduate curriculum and applicable to one of our academic programs to receive transfer credit.
Some veterans attending UW–Madison rely on sources of financial aid beyond that provided by their veteran education benefits. For more information on financial aid and scholarships, contact the UW Office of Student Financial Aid.
Be sure to contact the following offices if you have any questions regarding your application process, financial aid, or transition to campus:
Student Veteran Organization
Vets for Vets
714 University Avenue
Asst. Dean for Veterans
75 Bascom Hall