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Columbia Business School

Columbia Business School

The Red Pen is a very professional set up, with a few key advantages over other consultants:
Outside the box: The team at The Red Pen makes a greater effort to understand and work with each applicant’s story, resulting in a more authentic, less cookie-cutter application.

Good to great: The Red Pen takes your essay from good to great by suggesting more interesting approaches to tell your stories. They understand what each school looks for, and help you tailor your essay accordingly. They also significantly improve the finesse and style of the final product.

Valuable network: The team at The Red Pen has deep networks within the MBA community, ie, specialist consultants, alums, current students, university officers, top employers, etc. Applicants can leverage this vast network to improve their application or understand their target schools better.

I’d recommend The Red Pen to candidates who want to take their applications to the next level and gain an extra edge over the competition.

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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?