Attending UW–Madison as a veteran

Helping student veterans succeed.

We recognize that student veterans sometimes have different needs from other students. This page has information on academic success, groups, child care, and other support.

Commitment to student veteran success

The skills that you’ve honed during your service — discipline, organization, time management, attentiveness — give you an edge as a student. However, the academic, social, and cultural realities of college life will likely require some adjustment on your part.

UW–Madison is committed to helping our student veterans succeed. In addition to the many resources listed on this page, please feel free to contact University Veteran Services for support in your UW journey.

Academic resources

UW–Madison has many free tutoring and learning support services on campus.

Finding community

Students have many ways to connect with others who share their goals, attitudes, and interests — as well as opportunities to expand their horizons beyond familiarity.

Find community

Financial Aid contacts for veterans

As a veteran, your cost of attendance at UW–Madison might be different from a traditional student.  It’s recommended to have a conversation with a veteran’s specialist from the Office of Financial Aid who can help work out what your costs might be, and how to best offset those costs.

Pade Thao and  Maggie Zabinski

Life at UW-Madison

Get involved

Learn additional leadership skills or discover a new passion through the many organizations on campus.

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Child care

Veterans join us from many different stages of life. If child care is a need, we have support.

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Health and wellness

Many resources on campus focus on taking care of the whole student.

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Veterans belong

Research has shown that student veterans bring some key strengths with them to college campuses.


Student veterans have a broad worldview and can communicate with many different types of people.


Student veterans feel they have an ability to mentor others, as well as delegate or facilitate work.


Student veterans noted they demonstrate discipline, focus and a strong work ethic.

UW-Madison veteran data

  • 887 Student Veterans
  • 2,004 Students who are children or spouses of veterans/current service members
  • 670 Students using a GI Bill

Report on UW–Madison Student Veterans

This report provides information about student veterans enrolled at UW–Madison from 2013-2015.

View the Report

Madison veteran locations

A Google Map with pindrop locations including:

Wisconsin Department of Veterans, Dane County Veterans Services, veteran support services, VFW, American Legion, and more.

Explore Madison veteran locations

More connections

Student Veterans of America

SVA-UW is the student veterans organization at UW-Madison, assisting veterans transitioning from military to Badger life.

333 East Campus Mall, Room #3136
Madison , WI 53715

Veterans Law Clinic

A free walk-in legal clinic that serves low-income veterans and their families.

Hours: 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Team Red, White and Blue
Madison Chapter

Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.

Christopher Lutes


University Veteran Services
school certifying officials

Call us at:

Email us at:

Location pin for University Veterans ServicesUniversity Veterans Services
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.