Faculty & Staff resources

Advice and guidance on things like current data on veterans at UW–Madison, active duty policy, how UW–Madison defines our veterans, and how to best support students.

Veterans at UW–Madison

2020 data

  • 887 student veterans
  • 2,004 students who are children or spouses of veterans/current service members
  • 670 students using a GI Bill
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Active duty policy

The policy from the Office of the Provost applies to all enrolled UW students who are called to, or already on active U.S. military service.

Active duty policy

UW student veterans report

Information about enrolled student veterans (2013-2015) including demographics and educational interests.

Access the report (pdf)


Our definitions

We use the term “student veteran” to describe students who are veterans of the U.S. military under the federal definition or currently serving in the armed forces. The needs of these various students can vary, but further dividing the community is not necessary for providing adequate support or enhancing the student experience.

We use the term “military-connected student” to describe all students we serve. This population includes student veterans along with children and spouses of current or former members of the U.S. military. “Military-connected” does not include all ROTC students, but cadets and midshipmen may also identify as former military or family members.

Federal definitions

Veteran – a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable

Armed Forces – the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard, including their Reserve components

Reserve Component – the Army, Naval, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard Reserves and the Army and Air National Guard of the United States

Source: Electronic Code of Federal Regulations – 38 CFR 3.1(d)

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Student of concern

Any student displaying behaviors that may interfere with their ability to be successful or disrupts the learning of others.

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Bias concern

Including slurs, degrading language, epithets, graffiti, symbols, assault, microagressions, and harassment.

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Other incidents

This could include a student that you are concerned about, hazing, stalking, or a missing student.

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University Veteran Services
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333 East Campus Mall
10th floor, Suite 10320
Madison, WI 53715

Monday - Friday
9:00am - 4:00pm


Drop-ins are always welcome, but appointments are encouraged.

Please visit our About Us page to make an appointment with a member of our staff.