Retention initiatives through student engagement (RISE) is what our programs strive for. From organization-run community events to scholarship opportunities, this is how our Advising Services team supports you in academic and professional success.

High-promise students are the people we stand for. The goal of all RISE programs is to empower you. Whether you are a student of color, a first-generation student, military-affiliated, a student with a disability or of an underrepresented minority – you are here because you want to become the best possible you.

And we are here to help you get there. We welcome you and hope you will join us to RISE.

Schedule an Appointment

You can schedule a phone, video or appointment on-campus via the Navigate app, or contact Student Success at or 608.246.6076.

RISE Programs
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First-Generation Student Success

Did you know that half of all Madison College students are among the first in their families to attend college? Join the nationally recognized Alpha Alpha Alpha Society (Tri-Alpha) for scholarship opportunities and become a part of the I'm First student organization.

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Questions About First-Generation Student Success?

We’d love to hear from you! Reach out to us by contacting us at

Join the nationally recognized Alpha Alpha Alpha Society (Tri-Alpha) for scholarship opportunities and become a part of the I'm First student organization.

TOPS College Success Program

The TOPS College Success program exists in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County.

We support former participants in the AVID/TOPS program from any of the four Madison high schools (East, LaFollette, Memorial, West). This comprehensive support program is designed to facilitate student transfer from Madison College to a four-year college or university.

TRIO Student Support Services

Have you claimed your disability status with the Disability Resource Services team yet? Are you the first of your family to attend college? If so, you may be a great candidate for the TRiO program!

The TRIO program at Madison College provides individualized support specifically designed to help you achieve your personal and academic goals all on time. Across the country, TRiO programs have been helping students realize their dreams for nearly 50 years, and the TRIO program at Madison College is proud to continue that tradition.

Interested in joining TRiO? Apply below!

TRIO Program Application

Have questions about TRiO? You can send your questions to or reach out at 608.246.6636.

Men of Excellence

The Men of Excellence program is dedicated to helping African American, Latinx, Hmong, and Southeast Asian males earn a degree. The program focuses on academics, leadership, personal growth and professional development skills.

Apply to Men of Excellence

Questions About Men of Excellence?

If you have questions for our team, don’t hesitate to reach out at We’re here to help!

Veteran Resource Services

The Veteran Resource Services (VRS) team empowers military and military-affiliated students. We have the campus resources to help excel you in your academic, career, and personal success goals. From benefit programs to building your professional network through clubs and community partnerships, we are here to support you every step of the way.

We want to see you RISE to success – and we’re going to help you get there.

Join a supportive learning community focused on your personal, academic, career and professional success. Complete the the RISE Interest Form today.