The Wayfinding Academy is a new two-year college in Portland, OR at the heart of a movement to revolutionize higher education.

It was founded upon the frustrating realization that our culture of higher education is backwards: first you pick a 4-year college, then you pick a major from a list, then you figure out what you’re going to do, and then you try it out.

The Wayfinding Academy exists to turn the system frontwards:

  • First, we get to know you and help you make an informed and intentional choice about your education (hint: it might not be 4-year college, and it might not even be Wayfinding Academy).
  • Then we ask, “Who are you? What are you passionate about? What do you want to contribute to the world?” through a core curriculum of 9 classes designed to cultivate good humans.
  • Then we connect you to internships and mentors so you can try things out. You’ll have an advocate who guides you every step of the way.
  • Then you confidently pursue your path after graduation, equipped with–not a mountain of debt–but a network, a portfolio, and your next steps.

We believe education can change the world, because what you do with your life matters to more than just you.

When we each live life on purpose, we all thrive.