Wayfinding Academy was founded in response to 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 want to do, and then you try it out.

We want 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 a Guide who helps you navigate every step of the way.

  • Then you confidently pursue your path after graduation, equipped with a network, a portfolio, and your next steps, rather than a mountain of debt.

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. 

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). 


Wayfinding Academy is a different kind of college. Watch the video above to learn more.


There are six elements to the 2-year program:


Want to start a conversation? Ready to apply?

Choose the button below that best fits your next steps:

You can also call (503) 482-9038 or email matchmaking@wayfindingacademy.org

Know a student who would thrive here? Email us with your recommendation.

 

Located in beautiful Portland, Oregon in the historic St. John’s neighborhood.
Join cohort 1 alumni, Austin, for a video tour of campus.

 
 

 
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This is Wayfinding (digital booklet)

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Check out our This is Wayfinding booklet (PDF) for info on the program, our alumni, how Wayfinding works, and more (click the link below to get to the PDF version of the booklet)!


Student FAQs

You might have some questions. Click on any of the links below to learn more:


Want to start a conversation? Ready to apply?

Choose the button below that best fits your next steps:

You can also call (503) 482-9038 or email matchmaking@wayfindingacademy.org

Know a student who would thrive here? Email us with your recommendation.

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