UWM Veteran and Military Students

UWM is a top-ranked, military-friendly university. We have a diverse campus community of more than 1,000 veterans, active-duty service members and their families. Here’s why so many military and veteran students choose us:

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Brandon Cizek at Graduation
Brandon Cizek, an architectural studies major, graduated from UWM in 2022 and has been part of the Army National Guard for more than four years. Hear Brandon talk about how he balanced his studies with his military duties.

Campus Resources for Military & Veteran Students

Celebrating Our Military Community

Two black male veterans at military ball
Annual Military and Veterans Ball
This formal event is an annual highlight within the community of UWM’s veteran and military service members. The ball features guest speakers, dinner and dancing. There’s also a silent auction to benefit charities with ties to military and veteran organizations.
Brunch line at serving those who served
Serving Those Who Served: Veterans Brunch
During Veterans Week, UWM and community leaders serve brunch to veterans who are studying or working at UWM, veterans in the local community and current service members. This buffet-style brunch is one of the ways UWM honors our veteran and military service members.
Group of UWM military students at graduation ceremony
Military Graduation Ceremony
The military graduation ceremony is specifically for veterans and service members and features guest speakers and a reception. Veterans and service members are also recognized during UWM’s main commencement, where they receive red, white and blue honor cords.
Women veterans sitting in a discussion circle
Veterans Week Events
UWM hosts a week of events leading up to Veterans Day. Recent Veterans Week events have included Sisters in Service, where female veterans connect with each other, a Vet Success career networking event, various guest speakers and the VA Mobile Vet Center.
Two people standing behind a motorcycle at Project 22 MKE event
Project 22 MKE
Project 22 is a documentary about two veterans who ride motorcycles cross-country to raise awareness of the high rate of suicide among veterans. UWM continues this work with an annual event that includes a motorcycle ride, memorial service and walk/run.
Notes to veterans hanging on a wall
Student Veterans of America
The UWM chapter of Student Veterans of America is a student organization that connects members with supportive resources, volunteer opportunities and meaningful community. UWM student veterans, active military, and their dependents and supporters are welcome to join.
Students walking around campus near the UWM fountain

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