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Get the edge for success With iSTART


Get ready for the next term by taking part in iSTART

iSTART is a program that helps you get prepared for starting college. It is open to graduating or recently graduated high school students. You will get assistance with enrolling at Chemeketa and meet new students like yourself. The program is free.

Requirements for participation

  • Be a high school graduate or have your GED
  • Intend to enroll at Chemeketa full-time
  • Apply for admission

Benefits of attending iSTART

  • Preparing for college success
  • Assistance with admissions
  • Placement assessment
  • Advising & registration
  • Paying for college
  • Meeting staff and faculty
  • Make new friends


  • What have students said about iSTART?

    “I found my time here to be very productive and met some new kids that feel the same way about college as I do.”

    “I think this program is an amazing thing for kids who have no clue what they’re doing when it comes to college (like me)”

    “I found this week very resourceful and it has made me less afraid of my transition from high school to college; especially since I am a first generation.”

    “Chemeketa iSTART helped me feel more prepared to start college in the fall Because I feel less stressed now that I am familiar!”

    “I made a lot of connections with staff throughout my orientation. This has helped me feel more comfortable at Chemeketa and has encouraged me to ask for help from them when needed.”

    “I'm usually a more shy person but i feel like it was easy to open up here.”

  • 2023 iSTART Dates - Check back later for Winter term dates
    Salem Campus
    • July 11-13, 9 am-Noon, Session Ended
    • July 11-13, 1:30-4:30 pm, Session Ended
    • July 25-27, 9 am-Noon, Session Full
    • July 25-27, 1:30-4:30 pm, Session Ended
    • Aug. 8-10, 9 am-3 pm, for students interested in exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields including medicine/health, Session Ended
    • Aug. 8-10, 1:30-4:30 pm, Session Ended
    • Aug. 22-24, 9 am-Noon, Session Ended
    • Aug. 22-24, 1:30-4:30 pm, Session Ended
    • Aug. 29-31, 9 am-Noon (adult learners), Session Ended 
    • Aug. 29-31, 1:30-4:30 pm (adult learners), Session Ended
    Yamhill Valley Campus
    • July 11-13, 10 am-1 pm, Session Ended
    Woodburn Center
    • July 11-13, 9 am-Noon, Session Ended
    • Aug. 1-3, 1:30-4:30 pm, Session Ended