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Collegiate Directions, Inc.

  • Collegiate Directions, Inc.
  • 4827 Rugby Avenue
    Suite 001
  • Bethesda, MD 20814
  • 301-907-4877

Program Description

CDI is a non-profit organization committed to closing the education, achievement, and opportunity gap for low-income, primarily first-generation-to-college students. We provide comprehensive college counseling, targeted tutoring, test preparation, study skills, leadership training, and ongoing support, starting in tenth grade and continuing through successful college graduation.

Our Mission:

- To identify and support low-income, primarily first-generation-to-college students and help them to plan for, apply to, attend, and graduate from a selective, four-year college

- To build leaders and scholars by mentoring students in their personal and academic development

- To leverage CDI's expertise in educational and college counseling by offering cost effective consulting and training assistance to public school systems and education-related organizations.

Success Stories

"Before I became part of the program I had a fairly narrow view of the colleges I would be able to attend. The part that I found most important about the program was the amnner in which CDI made my mother feel [that she was] a part of it all." - Wendy Avelar, Cornell University '11

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants



  • Between 50% and 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Boston College
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Colgate University
  • Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Dickinson College
  • Goucher College
  • Princeton University
  • Trinity Washington University
  • University of Maryland-Baltimore County
  • University of Virginia-Main Campus

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 100%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 98%