BECOME A STUDENT
BECOME A STUDENT
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Our 2-year program is anchored by 9 core courses in communication, social change, teamwork, and leadership that will help you on any path. From there, you handcraft your own curriculum with the support of your personal Guide.
You’ll get your hands dirty with real-world internships, mentorships, and Learn & Explore trips. All the while, you’ll be documenting your experiences and learnings in a portfolio that you can carry with you far beyond college.
There are no cookie-cutter tracks. We are humans to be cultivated, not objects to be sorted. It's education by odyssey, with qualified and dedicated Guides helping you choose each next step.
Wayfinding Academy has been approved by Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission to grant Associate’s Degrees in Self & Society (yes, we’re a real college).
We believe there's more than one way to do life. And one definition of success is not enough.
Too often the choice posed is what college to pick. The real choice is what life to pick.
Wayfinding Academy is a different kind of college. Watch the video above to learn more.
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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.
We believe education is our chance to make the world better, because what you do with your life matters to more than just you. When we each live life on purpose, we all thrive.
Underpinning each of these elements is the support from our greater community of Wayfinders. Students and community alike will come together for film screenings, lunch-and-learns, and service projects.
We promise to cultivate humans who are empowered to thrive throughout the rest of their lives.
Students will leave Wayfinding Academy with their next step in place, a portfolio that shows the world who they are and what they can do, and a network of people who support them.
They will be equipped with skills that apply to their chosen path. Of course, they’ll be able to write thesis statements, read challenging articles and books, and use the scientific method. But, more than that, we prepare students to be engaged citizens of the world.
Students will know how to…
Does the sound of this program make you jump out of your chair with hope and excitement for a future life of purpose? If yes, we invite you to apply to become a student!
Our application process is about getting to know you as a human—what lights you up and where you want your life to go. Test scores and letter grades are not who you are and therefore are not a critical part of determining your fit.
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Wayfinding Academy reaffirms its commitment to a policy of equal opportunity in education and employment.
More than that, we believe that justice is an active pursuit, not a passive stance. As such, we place special emphasis on candidates from underrepresented racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual orientation, economic, (dis)ability, and cultural backgrounds which will increase the diversity of our organization and help us strive toward justice on those (and other) fronts.
Wayfinding Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, religion, national origin, disability, previous military service or any other protected category in the admission of students, employment, access or treatment in its programs and activities or the administration of its educational and employment policies. Discrimination or harassment on the basis of these factors is in direct conflict with the mission of the Wayfinding Academy and strictly prohibited.
Wayfinding Academy is strongly committed to building an inclusive environment and will not tolerate any actions of any individual or group that violate this Policy.