Academic Boot Camps

Warrior-Scholar Project programs equip enlisted student veterans and transitioning service members to succeed in higher education.

Not sure if college is the right fit for you? Has it been a while since you’ve been in a classroom? Do you ever wonder if you will fit in on a college campus? These are questions that enlisted veterans and service members have when thinking about the transition from military service to higher education. Our academic boot camps can help you discover your answers to these questions.

What is an academic boot camp?

In the military, boot camp molds you into the service member you will become by instilling new attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors that contribute to your success. The same is true for our academic boot camps–they mold you into a better college student.

Academic boot camps are rigorous one- and two-week college preparatory programs in Humanities, STEM, and Business & Entrepreneurship. These programs are designed to challenge you and to give you an advantage in applying and transitioning to higher education. In all of our academic boot camps, you will read demanding texts and wrestle with problem-solving, have stimulating conversations and explore the difficulties of transitioning from the military to college, learn much more than you thought possible in one or two weeks, and forge lifelong connections that will open doors to your academic future.

Types of Boot Camps

We host intensive, one- and two-week college-preparatory academic boot camps in three disciplines: Humanities, STEM, and Business & Entrepreneurship.

Watch the video to learn more about the academic boot camp experience.

Alumni Experiences

“The WSP program is an outstanding opportunity to find community with other veterans and prepare for college in a unique, positive, and empowering way.”

Jonathon Thomas, U.S. Army

“This program has reinvigorated and reaffirmed my mindset as a student. The level of respect and gratitude that I have for the fellows, professors, staff, and all of the leadership at WSP cannot be measured.”

Mauro Torres, U.S. Army Veteran
Montgomery College

“I honestly feel ready to tackle any academic challenge that lies ahead.”

Josh Davenport, U.S. Army Veteran
Stanford University

“This program caught me before I fell off the cliff, and it didn’t just give me the method to succeed, but it showed me the path and lit the fire inside of me. I without a doubt owe this program for redirecting my life and influencing it in a positive manner.”

David Nagley, U.S. Army Veteran
Princeton University

“WSP was a life-changing experience for me. I not only gained the soft skills I needed to thrive in an academic environment, but I gained more confidence in my identity as a veteran and made life-long connections.”

Hanh Dinh, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran
University of California, San Diego

Who is eligible?

If you are a U.S. enlisted service member or veteran without a bachelor’s degree, you are eligible!

In some cases, we accept enlisted service members or veterans with a bachelor’s degree. If this describes your situation, contact program admissions, and your candidacy will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

What should I expect from an academic boot camp?

  • Long days: We start early (7am) and end late (11pm)
  • Intellectual challenges: Our boot camp curricula are intended to present complex content that you can apply immediately through writing, problem solving, and group projects
  • A glimpse into college life: From living in the dorms, to eating in the dining hall, to studying late into the night, your boot camp program is meant to replicate the college experience
  • Lots of support: Each boot camp is facilitated by a group of fellows who are WSP boot camp alumni and trained to support you
  • Great company: You will be part of a cohort of 15 equally motivated participants, and once your boot camp is complete, you will be welcomed into the WSP alumni network of over 2,000 veterans just like you

2024 Available Academic Boot Camps

Find the boot camp that works for you! Use the search feature on this chart to filter the type of boot camp or dates you are interested in.

Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and courses fill up fast. This chart only shows available courses with open seats. For a full listing of our upcoming events, including courses that are full, see our events calendar.

College PartnerBoot Camp TypeStart DateEnd Date
William & MaryHumanities6/8/246/15/24
University of Notre DameHumanities and STEM6/15/246/29/24
Williams CollegeHumanities6/22/246/29/24
Michigan State UniversityHumanities7/13/247/20/24
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignSTEM7/20/247/27/24
Amherst CollegeHumanities7/27/248/3/24

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