Our application process is about getting to know you as a human—what lights you up and where you want your life to go.

At Wayfinding Academy we don’t have an Admissions office, we have Matchmakers! Our application process has three key parts and is designed to help you determine if Wayfinding Academy is the right fit for you and your aspirations.


The Application

A written application* with nine key questions that help provide us with a picture of where you’re at, what drives you and how you believe Wayfinding could help get you there.

The Conversation

An informal conversation with one of our Matchmakers to give you a chance to connect face to face and ask any questions you might have.

Find Your Fit Day

An in-person or virtual visit to the Wayfinding campus where you get to know some of our students and crew members, and get a taste for life at Wayfinding.


Ready to Begin your Wayfinding Journey?

(you can start with either one of the options below and we accept applications year round)



FAQs About the Matchmaking Process

Does Wayfinding consider my grades or test scores?

Test scores and grades are not who you are and therefore not a part of determining your fit for Wayfinding Academy.

What is the deadline to apply?

Applications will be accepted year round on a rolling basis, however applications will need to be submitted before August 12th to be considered for our Fall start date and by December 1st for our Winter start date.

The earlier you apply, the better chance you have at being awarded a scholarship if you are eligible.

Can I mail a printed application or submit my application in alternative formats?

Yes! We want you to feel empowered to communicate in the way that best represents you, whether that is in writing, pictures, video, conversation, or some other way.

If you would prefer to submit a verbal/spoken application or to send a printed application — that's great. Please email our matchmaking team: matchmaking@wayfindingacademy.org

What happens after I submit my application?

Once you’ve submitted your application, a member of our matchmaking team will follow up with you via email as soon as possible about next steps. If you are invited to join the next cohort, you will be asked to submit a deposit to secure your spot!

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Statement of Non-Discrimination

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.