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Bryant University

Bryant University

It was an amazing experience to work with The Red Pen. Whenever I felt lethargic about my applications, the team rallied around and motivated me to complete them. They helped me understand the different application requirements and explained what was expected in each component. I knew I could count on their support, even in the eleventh hour. They understood what I was trying to convey in my essays and helped me express my ideas succinctly. Thanks to the team effort, I felt great about the application I submitted.

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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?