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Our vision

All Oregonians should have the opportunity to access and succeed in education and training beyond high school.

Education and training beyond high school is important. A college degree gives people more opportunities and a better life.

Our mission

Oregon Goes To College is the go-to resource for information about how to get ready for college.

College is any type of formal, credentialed education beyond high school. This includes apprenticeships, career and trade schools, community colleges, and universities.

What we do

Oregon Goes To College makes the college exploration and application process easier. We provide:

Info & resources for students and families

Website, social media, app, checklists, worksheets

Info & resources for educators

Templates, activities, presentations, newsletter

Support for schools to host events

College Application Week, Spring Into Action, Decision Day

Opportunities for educators to learn & share

Webinars, workshops, monthly virtual chats

How we do it

Oregon Goes To College is the first and best place to learn about getting ready for college. We are:

A centralized hub

We curate information from a variety of sources to be the best, first place to go for college information in Oregon.


We provide information and resources for educators, students and families so everyone is on the same page.


We listen to audience needs and collaborate with experts to produce timely information and resources.


We use clear, easy to understand language and simple, attractive and modern design.


We provide information and resources about Oregon colleges and financial aid. We are attuned to the diverse needs of rural, suburban, and urban Oregon communities.

Who we are

Oregon Goes To College is a statewide initiative of Oregon GEAR UP.

Advisory council

Our advisors serve two-year terms and provide feedback for improvement. Many thanks to them for supporting and championing Oregon Goes To College.


  • Araceli Cruz, Assistant Vice President of Student Success & Engagement, Warner Pacific University
  • Kirsten Wright, Counselor, Stanfield Secondary School



  • Natalie Dunn, Counselor, McKay High School
  • Matt Ogawa, Director of Admissions & Recruitment, Portland Community College
  • Katarina Smith, College+ Advisor, Project Youth Plus+ / Rogue River Junior/Senior High School
  • Esther Troyer, Counselor, Neah-Kah-Nie High School


Past advisors

  • Melody Bustillos, Counselor, Hermiston High School
  • Chris Jones, Senior Admissions Counselor, Western Oregon University
  • Mike Mayben, Future Center Coordinator, North Medford High School
  • Jennifer Reeves-Eisbach, Counselor, Roosevelt High School