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Is University of Wisconsin - Madison a Good School for Veterans?

If you're a veteran who is thinking about going back to school, it's important to see how well the school treats its students with prior military service first. We've assembled this University of Wisconsin - Madison veteran's report to help you in your research. If you're looking for information related to military tuition assistance such as the GI Bill® or Yellow Ribbon Program, go to the following page: University of Wisconsin - Madison G.I. Bill Information

Our Veterans Report on UW - Madison Includes:

How Does UW - Madison Rank for Veterans?

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College Factual publishes its Best Schools for Veterans ranking on an annual basis. This list identifies colleges and universities that support veterans as they pursue their education.

University of Wisconsin - Madison was ranked #14 on the 2022 version of this list. This places UW - Madison among the top 1% of the 2,459 colleges and universities in this ranking for offering vets an exceptional educational experience. The school also ranked #1 in our Best for Vets in Wisconsin ranking.

In addition to our overall rankings, we also calculate our Best for Vets by degree level rankings. The table below shows how UW - Madison fared in those rankings.

Ranking Name Rank
Best Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 14
Best Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 14
Best Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 10

You can also see how specific majors at UW - Madison fared when compared to the same major at other schools. Below, you'll find a list of majors which received the best rankings for vets. Find a full list of majors here. Once you select a major, you'll be able to see links to the rankings available for that major.

Ranking Name Rank
Best Botany Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Dairy Science Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Development Economics & International Development Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Geological & Geophysical Engineering Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Outdoor Health & Physical Education/Fitness Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Scandinavian Studies Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Geological & Geophysical Engineering Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Social & Philosophical Foundations of Education Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Clinical Nutrition/Nutritionist Master’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Zoology/Animal Biology Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Veterans 1

How Many Veterans Go to UW - Madison?

A large number of veterans attending a college means the college and faculty are more used to supporting and accommodating the needs of those with prior military experience.

According to the VA, there are 4 G.I. Bill® students at UW - Madison. Around 0.01% of students at the school are using the GI Bill® since the total enrollment at UW - Madison is 44,640. For context, let's take this into consideration. According to the Student Veterans of America, approximately three to four per cent of American college students are veterans.

This number includes all chapters of the GI Bill®, e.g. Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill and Reserve Education Assistance Program. It also includes Veteran Readiness and Employment. It does not include any active-duty military personnel that are attending this college via Tuition Assistance, so the total military population is potentially larger than this.

Federal Veteran Programs at UW - Madison

University of Wisconsin - Madison participates in the following federal programs for vets.

Federal Program Participation
DOD Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Yes

What does this mean to me? Below you can view the specific commitments this school has made by participating in individual programs.

Career and Vocational Support
Regionally or Nationally Accredited - view all accreditations
Provide information that increases accountability and transparency.
Participate in the Military Voluntary Education Review (MVER)
Counseling Support
Referrals to community organizations as needed.

University of Wisconsin - Madison does have a student veterans group.

Does UW - Madison Give Credit for Military Training?

Implied No Credit for Life Experience
YES Credit for Military Training
At this time, UW - Madison does not offer college credit for life experience.

If you have specialized military training, UW - Madison may take that into consideration and grant college credit for that. Talk with your admissions counselor to learn more.

UW - Madison Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC)

Yes Air Force ROTC
Yes Army ROTC
Yes Navy ROTC
Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs are available at UW - Madison for the following armed services:

  • Air Force
  • Army
  • Navy

Complaints to the VA About UW - Madison

There have been no complaints registered to the VA for this college.


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