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Harvard Business School

Harvard Business School

Kavita’s assistance was integral in my business school application process. Kavita helped me tease out my most impressive accomplishments and translate them into essay topics. She suggested which parts of my story to emphasize in order to present the strongest possible case to the admissions boards. Not only that, she also advised me on adjusting the tone of my essays to be more casual, so the admissions committee would connect with me on a personal level. With Kavita’s help, I was admitted to the full-time MBA programs at Harvard, Dartmouth, Columbia, and NYU, and wait-listed at Stanford GSB.

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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?