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Columbia Business School

Columbia Business School

Working with Kavita and Kim on my MBA applications was a very fruitful experience. Both Kavita and Kim are immensely knowledgeable about every school and up to speed on the latest school news and focus. This helped in both school selection and customizing applications. They made an effort to know me through a perfect balance of encouragement, creative brainstorming and constructive criticism to bring out the best aspects of my experiences and personality in my applications. Throughout the process, they were always available and made time to speak to me. Though we were operating out of different countries, I never felt a distance.

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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?