Wayfinding Academy is a new 2-year college at the heart of the movement to revolutionize higher education.

We believe:

  • The world needs fewer followers and more engaged citizens.

  • One size does not fit all.

  • Education should stoke curiosity, not cure it.

For press inquiries, call (503) 482-9038 or contact hello@wayfindingacademy.org (we check this email everyday). 


At Wayfinding Academy, there are no cookie-cutter tracks. We are humans to be cultivated, not objects to be sorted. It’s education by odyssey where students have ample help navigating their path.

The two-year program is anchored by nine core courses in communication, social change, teamwork, and leadership. From there, students handcraft their own curriculum with the support of a personal guide. They hone their skills with real-world internships, mentors, and study trips. 

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.

Since our launch in July 2015, we have:

  • raised a record-breaking $206,000 on Indiegogo

  • been authorized to offer Associate’s degrees by Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission

  • purchased a campus home in Portland, OR with the help of community partners

  • hired a capable, dedicated core crew

  • recruited gifted faculty and developed a unique curriculum

  • established 6+ scholarships totaling more than $50,000 for low-income and diverse students

  • hosted the first and second annual Wayfinder Weekend

  • led 30+ Labs, our community education program for lifelong learners

  • sent 25+ students, crew, and community members to Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago on our first Learn & Explore trip

  • welcomed three cohorts of students

  • graduated our first cohort of students in July 2018


For press inquiries, call (503) 482-9038 or contact hello@wayfindingacademy.org (we check this email everyday). 

If you’re excited about what we’re doing, join the movement. We'd love to have you.