College Consulting Frequently Asked Questions
Hiring a college consultant is about more than the money: it's about finding partners whose values align with your family's and who you can trust to guide you through the entire application process. We've compiled answers to every major question our families ask us. There are general FAQs and FAQs for each of our major service buckets. You can always shoot us an email if we missed anything!
General Sierra Admissions College Consulting FAQs
What kind of students do you primarily work with?
How many students do you take on every year?
Will we be meeting in-person? How many hours of in-person time will we have?
Are parents included in the application process?
What is your admissions experience?
What is your success record like?
Senior-Year Services FAQs
What is your essay development process like? How does that work?
Why does it matter for team members to have been voting members of admissions offices?
Do you only focus on essays, or do you help with other parts of the process as well?
Is there a dedicated space for parents to ask the team questions during the season?
Will I be working directly with Irena Smith?
First-Year, Sophomore, and Junior-Year Consulting FAQs
When is the best time to start working on our college plan?
Do you help with extracurricular projects, or "passion projects"?
Can parents be included in the meetings?
How do you help balance rigor with mental health and well-being?
Do you assign homework between sessions?
What happens when we move between years? Do we start another package?
Ready to see if we're a fit?
Fill out our inquiry form (the button below) to take the next step. You'll get a detailed sense of our pricing options based on where you are in the application journey and a link to book an introductory call—right in your inbox.