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Barnard College

Barnard College

I went to several college counselors before deciding which one to commit to – and ended up choosing The Red Pen because of their unique approach to the application process. They focused on all the basic elements and beyond – rather than just the resume and the essays. They made me aware of the hidden components, which really make or break the application.

My essays were edited with great attention to detail, and with each new draft came a clearer picture of my persona. I learnt that it’s important to be specific about your personality, interests and achievements in each area of the application – because your app only gets a few minutes before the AdCom makes its decision. You have to make sure you don’t miss out anything – and The Red Pen team really took care of that.

They encouraged me at every step, and supported every decision I made – which really helped. The college process is daunting anyway – a little belief in your decisions relieves you of some of the burden! The fact that they let me make all the decisions and do most of the work gave me a sense of responsibility and helped me discover what I truly wanted out of the coming four years. Namita, Kim and Ashmi are from different backgrounds in terms of where they studied and what they studied – just like the admissions officers. Their varied perspectives and suggestions on each essay really helped carve a unique, highly specific and well thought-out application for me. I was excited about sending my applications out because I knew there was no leaf they had left unturned.

I would highly recommend The Red Pen to people applying abroad for undergraduate studies whether you know everything about the process or not – because they’ll definitely open your eyes to something you aren’t aware of which will make your application more complete, more special and more YOU.

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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?