COLLEGIATE DIRECTIONS INCORPORATED

Rating: 5 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 4833 Rugby Ave Ste 301 Bethesda MD 20814 USA

Mission: Collegiate Directions, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to closing the education gap by providing comprehensive college counseling services and ongoing support - beginning in high school and continuing through college graduation - to a target population of low-income, primarily first-generation-to- college students.
Results: 100% of CDI Scholars have matriculated to selective four- year colleges 98% of CDI Scholars are on track to graduate within 6 years; most will do it in four (compared to 11% nationally).
Target demographics: low-income, primarily first-generation-to-college students in the Washington, DC area.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 140-160
Geographic areas served: Washington, DC area
Programs: CDI Scholars Program

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Rating: 5 stars  

CDI is the greatest, most awesome, and helpful non-profit organization thus far. The wonderful crew of counselors are always enthusiactic and eager to help and the life of every person they have helped since the organization was first founded has been changed for good. I myself am eternally greataful for all they have done for me and my family and I do intenf to pay forward all the good and help this organization in continiung exceeding in achievibg its goals and preparing the young minds of the furure.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

CDI has to be the greatest nonprofit organization thus far. The organization has helped me in various areas such as school, applying for colleges, networking, and life in general. They work with you so that they are able to make things possible. Not only did they help me with school but they helped me to get involved in the community.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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CDI has been a huge part of my life and I can't thank the organization enough for everything they have done to help me with the college process. The counselors are patient and genuinely care about each student. Personally, CDI has helped me to stay motivated during the strenuous college application process a year ago and are still supporting me through college by checking in with us every two weeks. Because my parents had not gone to college, without CDI, I would have been completely lost in the process. This organization has opened opportunities for me by teaching me how to apply for financial aid and also how to reach out to the greater community to find internships or learning opportunities. I can't imagine where I would be now without CDI. In fact, they suggested me to apply to a couple of Ivy League schools, something I never had even thought of doing. I am proud to say that I am currently a student at Princeton University all because CDI gave me the extra push and opened a door I had never thought existed. A big thanks to CDI for all of the great work they do!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

CDI is an extraordinary non-profit organization, and without CDI's advising, I don't think I would have actually been attending a four years college. As an immigrants in the United States, and first generation to college student, my family and I knew nothing about college application and process. CDI took me during my junior year in high school, advised and helped me with my college application. Even thou I have already graduated from high school, CDI constantly check to know how I'm doing in college, and support me during my rough time in college. I'm extremely proud to be a CDI's Scholars.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I became a CDI scholar when I was a junior in high school, and I'm still an active member to this day as a junior in college. I don’t think there is any way I could ever pay them back for what they have done for me, because that is how much they have helped. With the help of this organization, I was able to get tutoring, perform better on my ACT test, write better college essays, and apply to scholarships. Any time I have any questions on any school related issue, I get advice from CDI. They assisted me apply for jobs and internships. CDI has helped me tremendously throughout the past 4 years. This organization has truly been life changing and played a huge role in the success of my student life.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

CDI is an organization that fulfills its mission and goes beyond. This organization helps so many high school students, college students and their families find opportunities that can change their lives. As a CDI scholar, I can truly say that this organization is an incredibly helpful.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

My relationship with Collegiate Directions, Inc. began when I was a High School Junior, just beginning to think about my college career. Today, I am a few months away from completing my Sophomore year of college and I can say that CDI and its staff has played an imminent role since then. CDI serves to assist students in a number of areas including ones academic integrity and moral support. We individually identify with different characteristics that shed light onto our holistic being and CDI was able to capture each of those characteristics. The thing I am perhaps most thankful for is that counselors and tutors alike have gotten to know their students personally and have seen our potential. It's one thing to believe in yourself or have your family believe in you, but for someone to invest so much time in effort when they don't have the obligation to means a lot. CDI scholars are given assistance with college applications, become informed in financial terminology, go on college visits, participate in workshops, serve the community, receive ACT/SAT prep classes, and receive networking tools. All of this is given to us under one condition; that we persevere and achieve our goals.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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My experiences with CDI has been very, very important not only in academics, but also for my future. The help I received, which included tutoring from professionals, college mentoring, opportunities to meet with college admission representatives and much more, would have not been possible would it have not been for CDI because of our family's financial situation. CDI gives many college prospective students with low income families the opportunity to fulfill their dreams of attending college. To me the help I received was incredible and the learning environments were very nurturing. The CDI staff are extremely understanding, and I cannot thank them enough for the help I received.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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As a CDI scholar, I can truly say that this organization is exceptional! CDI gives support and opportunity to first-generation to college students like myself. Countless hours were spent advising and preparing me for college and for this I am so thankful. Fortunately, those at CDI were by my side during such a crucial time in my life!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Indeed, we consider ourselves extremely graceful of Collegiate-Directions opportunity offers talented students from different cultural and economic needs extracts. The enthusiastic and motivating staff, knows expertly how to identify the capabilities of students and strengthen their weaknesses. They are so specialized and skilled in accomplish effectively (time-wise) a leverage of their skills in different subjects, in preparation to have better competitiveness in entrance exams. These reinforced skills transcends during college, until graduating from college, and therefore achieve and excel in society.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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