College Advisement & Tutoring

Take it to the next step and beyond

Are you ready for the next step in your education? We provide free college advisement and tutoring, as well as support adjusting to college life, enabling you to get to graduation, college, and beyond. Our goal is to inform you about all of the opportunities available to you, no matter what grade you’re in or what academic background you have! The first step to joining any of our College Advisement & Tutoring programs is to become a Door member.

Please be aware that unless otherwise noted, all of the programs below are based at our main Manhattan location.

College Paths

College Paths is a comprehensive program that provides one-on-one support to help you prepare for a future at a college, vocational training program, or non-traditional secondary education program. Because you work with an individual college counselor, we can make a plan based on any background and help you follow through to success.

Joining College Paths can help you complete high school or get your HSE; re-enroll in high school if you have dropped out; figure out your graduation plans; determine which school is right for you by arranging trips to colleges or visits from representatives; prepare you for SATs, ACTs, Regents, and other standardized exams; find scholarships and get financial aid; prepare for life in college, including success tips for when you arrive; and more. We can also connect you to other programs at The Door to fulfill your non-academic needs, like health care, counseling, legal support and more.

Rising 12th graders can apply to our Senior Success Camp summer college readiness program in March..

To learn more about College Paths, contact Lydia (Denise) Cardona by phone at 212-941-9090, ext. 3432 or by email at lcardona@door.org.

If you’re already a Door member, sign up for college advising or academic counseling by attending a weekly College Paths info session – Mondays/Wednesdays at 4:30pm or Fridays at 11am with Denise in the College Paths office.

Bridge to College

Adjusting to life at college can be difficult for anyone, but we know it can be especially hard on people who have earned their HSE and need to adjust to a classroom environment again. If you’re worried about adjusting to college life and succeeding there, this is the right program for you.

This is an intensive two-year program that will get you ready to succeed, and then stays with you for support during your first year of college or vocational school. Our staff will give you targeted classes that will help you bypass remedial courses and immediately dive into your career with credits you need to earn your degree. We’ll stay connected with you through individual and group support services, help you develop relationships with college staff and resources, and make sure you stay on the path to success. You must either be in an HSE program (at The Door or elsewhere) or have earned your HSE to join Bridge to College.

To learn more about Bridge to College, contact Jalila Daley by phone at 212-941-9090, ext. 3322, or by email at jdaley@door.org.

Tutoring and SAT Prep

We have several tutoring options, from after-school help with homework and preparing for Regents to evening or Saturday SAT prep classes and special enrichment programs for high school sophomore! SAT intensives for 11th grade students run October to March, with applications accepted in August and September. We also offer smaller SAT study groups with rolling admissions.

To learn more about tutoring programs, contact Lydia (Denise) Cardona by phone at 212-941-9090, ext. 3432, or email Nathalie Dupart at ndupart@door.org.

If you’re already a Door member, sign up for tutoring by attending a weekly College Paths info session -Mondays/Wednesdays at 4:30pm or Fridays at 11am with Denise in the College Paths office.


Bronx Opportunity Network (BON)

Available only at our Bronx Youth Center location, BON is a network of community-based organizations and CUNY campuses that supports young people as they transition to community college. Services include preparation for entrance exams, enrollment assistance, and other support to help you succeed on campus. To learn more about BON, contact Joyce Paton by phone at (212) 941-9090, ext. 3531, or by email at jpaton@door.org

Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential (LEAP)

If you have experience in the juvenile justice system, foster care system, or with homelessness and are looking for support to find a job and advance your education, LEAP is a great option for you. You’ll get one-on-one support from our staff to help you find work, prepare for college (including completing your High School Equivalency, applying for financial aid, and more), and set yourself up for a successful future. No matter what your goals are, our staff will help you get there. To learn more, contact Nell Rainey at 212-941-9090, ext. 3513 or at nrainey@Door.org.