The College Donor Digest

What Are Oases of Excellence?

August 17, 2022

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni’s (ACTA) Oases of Excellence network identifies over 80 programs housed on college campuses across the United States that share a commitment to educating students for informed citizenship, maintaining high academic standards, teaching American heritage, and ensuring free inquiry into a range of intellectual viewpoints.  

To help higher education donors find programs worthy of their support, FAR has created a guide that describes the mission of the Oases of Excellence initiative and includes a list of our Oases centers. To request a complimentary print copy, email FAR Program Coordinator Emily Rees at or call (202) 467-6787. 

You may also download a PDF copy of the Oases of Excellence Guide here

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