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Being a CAE Scholar

CAE Scholars are surrounded by a community of staff, faculty, and peers all deeply invested in them and their achievements.  Students join CAE as CAE Scholars through invitations extended prior to their first year at UW-Madison. CAE Scholars partner with CAE staff during their entire academic journey at UW-Madison to co-create and customize their Wisconsin Experience.  The experiences, academic support, and skills developed in CAE lay the groundwork for success- not only during students’ time at UW-Madison but past graduation as they enter their chosen career or graduate school.

Benefits of CAE Scholars

As a CAE Scholar, you will have access to these academic opportunities and experiences:

  • Six college credits towards your degree through the Summer Collegiate Experience (SCE) including tuition, housing, books, and meals at no cost
  • Opportunities to earn scholarships and grants
  • Priority enrollment so you can get in the classes you need before they fill up
  • Academic support for most courses
  • Direct access to advisors and assistant deans committed to your academic success
  • Coordinated reflective experiences which better position you for post-graduation career or graduate school opportunities

“Being a Badger means being a part of a litany of high-achieving, community-oriented, and committed individuals who all work toward a goal of bettering Wisconsin, this country, and the world at large.”

– CAE Scholar and Class of 2016 Graduate

Journalism & Political Science Certificate in African Studies

CAE Scholar Requirements

In CAE, we want you to not only be successful, but excel in all you do at UW-Madison. Therefore, CAE uses an individualized plan to promote your academic excellence which includes the following expectations:

  • Attend and successfully complete SCE to earn six credits towards your degree (June 16 – July 27, 2018)
  • Engage in individualized advising sessions to plan your academics and customize your Wisconsin Experience
  • Participate in high impact opportunities such as Undergraduate Research Scholars (, Residential Learning Communities (, First-Year Interest Groups (, and/or internships
  • Create a reflective Capstone Presentation
  • Connect with CAE Student Leaders in a mentoring relationship
  • Join CAE programming and community building events.