Frequently Asked Questions

These are the most frequently asked questions by our clients!

Signing up and payments

The first step is to schedule a free consultation with our enrollment team. These are 30-minute meetings conducted through Google Meet designed to introduce you to the Empowerly program and provide an overview of how Empowerly can help you. If you’ve already had your consultation, we are excited for you to join the Empowerly community! After you’ve had your consultation, we will email you the registration links for your best fit packages.

Here are the steps to enroll at Empowerly:

1) Complete your online registration using the link that was emailed to you or on the phone with our Enrollment Team.

2) The Empowerly Operations Team sets up your accounts and matches you with your counselor. You will receive a Welcome email with this information within 2 business days of enrolling.

3) Log into your Empowerly Portal account and book your first meeting with your counselor!

We recommend that students sign up as soon as possible. The youngest students we work with are in 8th grade. This allows us to start fostering study skills and develop a compelling narrative right from the start. All years are important for college admissions, and you don’t want to waste any time — or miss an important opportunity to stand out. The data shows that the earlier you start working with a mentor, the greater your chances of success. The impact over time is exponential.

Given the importance of a strong relationship between a student and their college counselor, we understand the desire many students have to meet with their counselor before joining the program. However, our counselors fill very quickly and we want to ensure that the counselor is able to work with your student. Therefore, it is best for the student to meet the counselor after enrolling. If in the first meeting with the counselor, it is not the right fit, you can reach out to your Empowerly Community Manager directly to discuss counselor switch options. We pride ourselves on our ability to best match our students, which is why counselor switches rarely happen.

Our packages range in price, with the lowest starting at a few thousand dollars. The pricing depends on the number of sessions with a counselor, the services you’re looking for, and the grade the student is in. The best way to learn more about specific pricing options would be to schedule a free consultation so we can go into more detail about what the exact pricing would be for the tier of package you’re looking for. You can schedule a consultation with us here: empowerly.com/consult.

We offer three and six month payment plans as well as a discount for paying upfront! We can discuss the options that are best for you during your free consultation.

Through Empowerly’s referral program! For any family you refer who successfully signs up with Empowerly, you will receive 2 additional counseling sessions added to your package.

Our counselors

An independent college counseling team serves to supplement your school’s resources, provide personalized individual guidance, and help you navigate the jungle of contradictory information with confidence. One-size-fits-all resources just won’t cut it in today’s competitive admissions landscape… We’re here to explain the steps you need to start taking now, and stay with you through the entire process from start to finish. Less guesswork, more results! However, the role of your counselor is not to guarantee your acceptance to a given school, encourage you to falsify your materials, or contact an admissions department on your behalf. These actions put your student at risk of legal consequences and do not align with our values and integrity. Ultimately, we want to help empower your future.

All our meetings take place online via video chat. This allows for better scheduling flexibility and better matches between counselors and applicants since they will not be constrained by physical location. Integrating virtual sessions with our online system system means that your counselor is more accessible and eliminates the travel time for students—so you can focus on what matters most.

Yes! Our comprehensive packages already include writing support through your counselor and access to our expert Editor Team. Crafting the “perfect college essay” is an art, and we know how challenging it can be! Additionally, if you’re looking for assistance with just your writing and no other aspects of the college admissions process, we can also customize a Writing Specialist Package tailored to focus on writing-only resources.

We get it—sometimes, the numbers matter. While our counselors don’t specialize in test-specific or class-specific academic tutoring, we always equip students with resources to succeed on all fronts. Your counselor can analyze your overall profile to highlight areas you require additional support and create a strategic plan for improvement. That plan might include choosing the right test for you, planning when to schedule test dates or retakes, recommending test prep materials, advising your class selection, or setting study goals.

Yes, we do. We know that college transfers and graduate students require a slightly different touch, but much of the expertise required will be the same. During your free consultation, we can determine what level of support you need and which of our counselors will be able to provide the best perspective on your individual journey. Many of our counselors have experience at multiple academic institutions themselves and are willing to customize a package to fit your needs!

One of the unique advantages to Empowerly is our team of resources. You can access the portal 24/7 for exclusive online courses, webinars, research requests, and the executive team. Additionally, you can email your counselor with your concerns, and we will respond within 24 hours.

Our plans also include meetings between parents and the counselor. We recommend once a month, but you can customize your package to increase or decrease frequency as needed. You also have 24/7 access to a parent portal where you can track your child’s progress.

No, this decision is yours alone. You never need to disclose what support your receive to your high school or colleges, and neither will have access to that information. We mentor you to achieve your goals on your own two feet! Think of your counseling team like personal trainers that coach and encourage you while you prepare for a marathon. Our team shares information and tips that help you keep up with other competitive students, and ensure that you aren’t missing out on anything you need to know. In the end, we are here to help you find, develop, and present the best version of you.

Empowerly Results

We believe the results speak for themselves. Empowerly helps hundreds of students reach their fullest potential each year. See what our students have to sayattend an event, or schedule a free consultation to learn how Empowerly can work for you.

The Empowerly difference lies in our personalized team-based approach. We give you the power of a network of successful individuals and “always on” resources to ensure you have all the tools to reach your fullest potential. While other college and career advising services rely on a single individual to give you all the guidance you seek, we find that this one-dimensional approach often isn’t enough for applicants’ success. You can read up about a few individual case studies here.