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Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College

The Red Pen has an extremely professional team. They stayed committed throughout the process and never took any short cuts. The lines of communication were always open and direct and it felt they had our interest at heart. The quality of the application was great as they payed attention to the tiniest detail. Their choice of colleges was just right and they kept abreast of changes that kept happening in admission policies such as CMU extending their ED deadline and another universities advancing theirs for a scholarship. I would recommend them highly. This is the best investment one can make towards an education abroad.

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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?