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Columbia University

Columbia University

The Red Pen was a fabulous decision for me as they helped me get into my dream college, Columbia University, for my masters in Human Capital Management. I had worked with them before for my undergraduate admissions so it was an easy decision for me to go with them for my postgraduate applications as well. The entire postgraduate team did an amazing job in explaining what postgraduate admission representatives are looking for. They were able to help me identify my core strengths and put my story across in the best possible way. I would strongly recommend The Red Pen to all students looking for a university counsellor.

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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?