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Babson College

Babson College

The Red Pen team has been extraordinarily amazing. My counsellors have been extremely helpful and guided me through my undergraduate college application process for the past two years, right from the beginning. One thing I really like about Red Pen is their weekly catchups, which puts a pressure on us to complete the required deadlines, thereby benefiting us students at the end. Their profile building skills and outstanding counselling has led me to be part of Babson College, and I certainly believe that they have played an integral and critical role in it. I find The Red Pen team to be phenomenal in all aspects.

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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?