College Admissions FAQ

The college admissions process can be confusing, so it’s okay to have some questions before working with Prepory. Below you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions about our college admissions counseling program.

What do small group discussions entail?

Through small group discussions, Prepory college admissions coaches meet with their assigned cohort of students to provide college admissions prep information in accordance with the Prepory proprietary college admissions curriculum. Small group discussions occur through video conferences and are approximately 50 – 60 minutes long.

What do individual advising sessions entail?

Through individual advising sessions, students meet with their assigned college admissions coach to receive individualized college admissions counseling. Students collaborate with their college admissions coach to brainstorm and improve college application collateral. Individual advising sessions occur through video conferences and are approximately 45 – 50 minutes long.

What do one-on-one sessions entail?

Through one-on-one sessions, students meet with their assigned college admissions coach to address personal concerns and prepare for student-specific pieces of the admissions process. One-on-one sessions can occur through video conference or audio conferencing and are approximately 15 – 20 minutes long.

What do Thematic and College Exploration Workshops entail?

Through College Exploration Workshops, current students from a given university broadly discuss their school and experience at the university. College Explorations Workshops provide a first hand insight to life on-campus across many colleges across the U.S.

Through Thematic Workshops, students participate in synchronous webinars concerning specialized advising topics, including athletic recruitment, varied career fields, artistic portfolio evaluation, and other college admissions related topics.

College Exploration and Thematic Workshops occur alternatively on Monday evenings through video conference and are approximately 50 – 60 minutes long. After College Exploration and Thematic Workshops occur, they’re uploaded to the MyPrepory platform.

What do unlimited essay and resume reviews entail?

Through unlimited essay and resume reviews, students can submit personal statements, supplemental essays, high school resumes, and any other type writing pieces to request feedback for improvement. College admissions coaches will provide grammatical, structural, organizational, and content feedback to assist students in improving their materials. Students will receive feedback within 24 – 48 hours of submitting their document(s).

What kind of services do specifically 9th grade students receive through Prepory?

Through Prepory, 9th grade students meet with their assigned college admissions coach for biweekly small group discussions and monthly one-on-one sessions. 9th grade students engage with college admissions topics including but not limited to, strategies for academic success, getting involved, leadership, course selection, summer activities, PSAT/NMSQT, and college exploration.

All Prepory students receive unlimited access to essay critiques, résumé reviews, and college exploration and thematic workshops. Also, all Prepory students can contact their assigned college admissions coach or Prepory HQ outside of regularly scheduled sessions to ask questions.

What kind of services do specifically 10th grade students receive through Prepory?

Through Prepory, 10th grade students meet with their assigned college admissions coach for biweekly small group discussions and monthly one-on-one sessions. 10th grade students engage with college admissions topics including but not limited to, academic goal setting, extracurricular activities, volunteering, selecting high school courses, SAT/ACT, college exploration, writing for the college admissions process, and the college application timeline.

All Prepory students receive unlimited access to essay critiques, résumé reviews, and college exploration and thematic workshops. Also, all Prepory students can contact their assigned college admissions coach or Prepory HQ outside of regularly scheduled sessions to ask questions.

What do parent check-ins entail?

Through parent check-ins, each student’s parent will participate in a video conference or phone call with their child’s college admissions coach and a member of the Prepory HQ team. Parents will learn about their child’s progress through the Prepory programming and have the opportunity to ask any questions they may have. Parent check-ins are approximately 15 – 30 minutes long.

What kind of services do specifically 11th grade students receive through Prepory?

During the fall semester, 11th grade students meet with their assigned college admissions coach for biweekly small group discussions and biweekly one-on-one sessions. During the Spring semester, 11th grade students meet with their assigned college admissions coach for weekly individual advising sessions in order to tailor the curriculum to each student’s unique college admissions goals. 11th grade students engage with college admissions topics including but not limited to, academic goals, SAT/ACT timeline, leadership, college majors, career exploration, college fit, high school resume, and college application essays.

All Prepory students receive unlimited access to essay critiques, résumé reviews, and college exploration and thematic workshops. Also, all Prepory students can contact their assigned college admissions coach or Prepory HQ outside of regularly scheduled sessions to ask questions.

What services kind of services do specifically 12th grade students receive through Prepory?

During the fall semester, 12th grade students meet their assigned college admissions coach for weekly individual advising sessions. During the spring semester, 12th grade students meet with their assigned college admissions coach for biweekly individual advising sessions. While our 12th grade college admissions coaching services are extremely tailored to each student’s unique college application process, some of the common topics 12th grade students engage with are finalizing a college list, EA/ED/ED II/RD, letters of recommendation, personal statements, supplemental essays, admissions interviews, financial aid, scholarships, and Common and Coalition App.

All Prepory students receive unlimited access to essay critiques, résumé reviews, and college exploration and thematic workshops. Also, all Prepory students can contact their assigned college admissions coach or Prepory HQ outside of regularly scheduled sessions to ask questions.

When should I get started?

The earlier, the better. The college admissions process is a holistic process and evaluates all four years of high school, so it’s very important to begin planning early. For example, most elite private schools begin college planning in 7th grade.

Who are the college admissions coaches? How are they qualified to guide students through the college admissions process?

Prepory college admissions coaches are undergraduate or graduate students at some of the most selective colleges and universities across the U.S. including, Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and Amherst.

All coaches go through extensive vetting and training before working with any students. Training includes completing a proprietary college admissions course created by our team and former admissions officers at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, and longtime admissions experts, many hours of live-training, and continuous training sessions throughout the academic year to update college admissions coaches with latest data-driven information on the admissions process. To learn more about our coaches, visit our “Meet the Coaches” page.

How are students paired with their college admissions coach?

Students are paired with their college admissions coach based on time availability, academic/career interests, and personal preference. We strongly encourage students to review our “Meet the Coaches” page to learn more about each coach while making their decision on who to work with.

When do the sessions occur?

Students select from several afterschool time options to meet with their coach. Students will meet with their coach at the same time each week for the duration of that semester. One-on-one and individual advising sessions are scheduled at the convenience of the student and coach. College Exploration and Thematic Workshops occur alternatively on Monday evenings.

What is discussed during small group discussions and one-on-one sessions?

Discussions are led using Prepory’s proprietary college admissions curriculum which breaks down the college admissions process into each week in high school. College admissions coaches discuss relevant topics related to academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, college exploration, application requirements, career exploration, and course rigor.

How do students access small group discussions, one-on-one sessions, individual advising sessions, and other Prepory services?

All Prepory services are accessible via our online learning management system, MyPrepory. Once students enroll in Prepory, they’ll receive an email with instructions to create their MyPrepory account.

Does Prepory guarantee my acceptance to a highly selective university?

Although we have a strong track record of success, nothing is guaranteed in the college admissions process. Our goal is to support students and ensure students have the tools and knowledge necessary to successfully navigate the admissions process.

Is this for a grade?

No. This is a supplemental service intended to support and inform students to successfully navigate the college admissions process. However, it’s expected for students to maintain participation and communication with their coach.

Does Prepory guide students through the transfer application process?

Of course! Prepory has guided many students in transferring into their dream school. While our transfer college admissions coaching services are extremely tailored to each student’s unique transfer application process, some of the common topics transfer applicants engage with are finalizing a college list, letters of recommendation, personal statements, resume construction, financial aid, and Common and Coalition Apps.

Does Prepory guide students through the graduate admissions process?

Of course! Prepory has guided many individuals through the graduate admissions process. While our graduate admissions coaching services are extremely tailored to each applicant’s unique graduate application process, some of the common topics transfer applicants engage with are finalizing a graduate college list, letters of recommendation, personal statements, resume construction, and financial aid.