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Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College

The Red Pen’s guidance has been one of the most instrumental factors in securing my admission to my dream college. I was not only able to benefit from my counselor’s previous experience as an admissions officer, but also from receiving my essay feedback from individuals who have worked and studied at renowned institutions such as Oxford University and Stanford University. The team helped me focus on all the basic elements of my application and also ensured my unique journey was highlighted and brought to the forefront of the application. The level of detail and care that went into each aspect of my application was impeccable and contributed greatly to being admitted to my top choice college.

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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?