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Overview

Web-based management for higher education. It's secure and easy-to-use, with simple pricing, great customer support, and no upfront costs.

EMPOWER is a student information system which offers recruiting, admissions, billing, reporting and alumni development features...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from

199

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

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  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.5

59

5

4

3

2

1

35

19

4

1

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
100%
would recommend this app

3.8

10

5

4

3

2

1

4

2

3

0

1

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
100%
would recommend this app

Pros

I believe it's a good product and it has good potential, given the team's impressive efforts toward meet the rapid changing needs of their current and future customers.
Very satisfied and have experienced a great deal of positive and helpful customer support. Really, no walks through a string of phones tree choices to get to someone who can help.
While it may take a moment to input your needed data, the interface is user friendly and the customer service is top flight. Students and faculty celebrate.

Pros

Not only is it an easy software to use but all of the support staff are extremely helpful, and always go above and beyond as far as database support and training. I highly recommend EMPOWER.
Imagetek has been a partner of Empower's for over 10 years and I've had the pleasure of working with them for the past 2.5 years. They are amazing to work with and care deeply about their clients.
The EMPOWER system is really user friendly. Student database is very useful and easy to use.

Cons

Even sending emails to selected students is a hassle. Adding meeting times to courses is awfully difficult and annoying.
We've struggled with finding some features at times, and in the case of marketing automation, we've discovered that Populi's system isn't quite fully-featured enough for our needs.
Compared to some competitors however, Populi is limited.

Cons

My 2 biggest complaints related to reporting capabilities and no built in time and labor (& accruals for time off) software.
I have used several Financial Aid systems and this has to be one of the worse. The steps it takes to process basic financial aid information is simply time consuming and not worth the time.
The writing can be a little small and I'm unsure if you can have different fonts set up (this is user related, I dont know all the coding and such).
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Key features

  • Total features63
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Admissions Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Alumni Management
  • Application Management
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Bookstore Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Calendar Management
  • Candidate Management
  • Class Registration
  • Class Scheduling
  • Classroom Management
  • Client Portal
  • Content Management
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Management
  • Course Tracking
  • Curriculum Management
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Electronic Payments
  • Employee Portal
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Event Calendar
  • Facility Management
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • Fee Management
  • Financial Aid Management
  • Financial Management
  • Forms Management
  • Fundraising Management
  • Gradebook
  • Higher Education
  • Housing Management
  • Independent/Private
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Library Management
  • Mobile Learning
  • Multi-Language
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Payments
  • Progress Reports
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Scheduling
  • Scoring
  • Self Service Portal
  • Single Sign On
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Video Conferencing
  • Total features34
  • API
  • Academic/Education
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Admissions Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Alumni Management
  • Application Management
  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Bookstore Management
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Calendar Management
  • Candidate Management
  • Class Registration
  • Class Scheduling
  • Classroom Management
  • Client Portal
  • Content Management
  • Course Authoring
  • Course Management
  • Course Tracking
  • Curriculum Management
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Reports
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Electronic Payments
  • Employee Portal
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Event Calendar
  • Facility Management
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • Fee Management
  • Financial Aid Management
  • Financial Management
  • Forms Management
  • Fundraising Management
  • Gradebook
  • Higher Education
  • Housing Management
  • Independent/Private
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Library Management
  • Mobile Learning
  • Multi-Language
  • Online Calendar
  • Online Payments
  • Progress Reports
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Records Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Scheduling
  • Scoring
  • Self Service Portal
  • Single Sign On
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Video Conferencing

Integrations

  • Total integrations6
  • Authorize.Net
  • CANVAS
  • Google Analytics 360
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Moodle
  • PayPal
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WordPress
  • Zapier
  • Zoom Meetings
  • Total integrations3
  • Authorize.Net
  • CANVAS
  • Google Analytics 360
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Classroom
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Moodle
  • PayPal
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WordPress
  • Zapier
  • Zoom Meetings

User reviews that mention these apps

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Rob P.

11-50 employees

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Wesley Biblical Seminary

Reviewed 6 years ago

I wanted to drop a line to you guys and gals at Populi. To be honest, Populi has been one of the most beneficial blessings we have at WBS. You all have given us superb support, data migration, and professionalism. Everyday our team is enjoying the process of learning how to use it more efficiently. Thanks so much.

Pros

Customer Service superb Affordability User Friendly SIS

Cons

Library System not compatible with the MARC system yet.

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Chris D.

Education Management, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Populi

Best choice for SIS/LMS

Reviewed 6 years ago

We have loved Populi from the very beginning. Great program. Great support. Great choice for all your LMS and SIS needs.

Pros

Integration of the LMS and SIS. Ease of use. Video tutorials are great...keeps me from having to make them myself.

Cons

Waiting for a plagiarism integration.

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Gene S.

E-Learning, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Ease of use
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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Populi

This has worked well for us

Reviewed 2 years ago

Previous 2 SIS software were expensive and hard to use. Populis has been a much better fit with staff and students

Pros

Easy for staff to learn. Integrates with the LMS we use

Cons

Some integration glitches, but good tech support.

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Gregory S.

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Populi

Must Have Service

Reviewed 8 years ago

We've been using Populi's SIS for several years now. Incredibly easy software to use. Sorry I can't rate their service more than 5 stars. If you need something that doesn't come with the service, just ask. We needed customization on the transcript and several days later all we had to do was print the transcript. Nice and neat and very easy.

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Martin W.

Higher Education, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Populi

Best SIS system for smaller colleges that we have used

Reviewed 3 years ago

We couldn't be happier. Our sales contact gave us multiple demos of the different modules, trained us and was there for us during every step of the implementation. Everything was done remotely but it works well and there is no additional cost, which is extraordinary. I have helped implement three different SIS systems and the data transfer to Populi was the most efficient and painless I have experienced. The customer support is responsive and goes above and beyond what I expected. Overall they seem to really care about our success and we enjoy working with them.

Pros

It's designed by people who obviously understand the needs of a higher education institution. It is easy to use, intuitive, flexible and fast. You don't have to find ways to work-around problem areas, it just works amazingly well. The integrated LMS is smooth and very capable. The integration of the different modules e.g. student billing and financial aid, is seamless. The customer support is amazing. The implementation costs are next to zero.

Cons

It is designed to be simple to use so reporting and security permissions are not as flexible as our previous system. We have adapted to that though because the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks. The customer support team also run customized reports for us when we need them and they are constantly making improvements to the system.

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Kristen H.

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Used daily for less than 6 months

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Populi

Great all-in-one SIS

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

This software is very intuitive, and staff, faculty and students have gotten completely up to speed in a very short period of time. Being hosted on the web means students and staff can log in from anywhere with any device and backups are taken care of automatically. The built in LMS features are really robust and have eliminated the need for google classroom, survey monkey, and other fixes we had...

Cons

There are very few things we have found that we wanted that the system was not already set up to do, but for these you can always suggest product enhancements to the support team.

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Sean C.

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Populi

Full-featured SIS for small colleges

Reviewed 8 years ago

We've been working with Populi for about 10 months at a small liberal arts college in Shanghai, China, and we've found it remarkably full-featured; its suite of tools -- it handles everything from online registration to interactive course shells to finances/student billing -- offers more than we're even using. Access to the system is based on user-roles, with roles ranging from student through system...

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