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Ashoka University

Ashoka University

I am extremely grateful to The Red Pen. Not only did they help me with my college applications, but also because of the insights their questions and prompts gave me about myself. They were, of course, wonderful mentors throughout the application process and were able to recognise things that I may want to highlight about myself in my application that otherwise, I would not have even considered. My team of consultants never let me feel neglected or disappointed in any way and were completely focused on helping me make my application a truer reflection of myself.

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The fundamental role of independent educational consultants is to help students explore college opportunities and find the right place for them to succeed academically and socially. IECs don’t get students admitted—they help students demonstrate why they deserve to be admitted at appropriately chosen schools. They help students find colleges they might not have heard of—often out of their region—and they help students put their best foot forward.

Here are 5 things families should consider when looking to hire an IEC:

  1. Does the IEC belong to a professional association such as IECA with established and rigorous standards for membership?
  2. Do not trust any offers of guaranteed admission to a school or a certain minimum dollar value in scholarships.
  3. Ensure that the IEC adheres to the ethical guidelines for private counseling established by IECA.
  4. Find an IEC that visits college, school, and program campuses and meets with admissions representatives regularly in order to keep up with new trends, academic changes and evolving campus cultures.
  5. Do they attend professional conferences or training workshops on a regular basis to keep up with regional and national trends and changes in the law?