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Harvard Business School

Harvard Business School

I chose to work with The Red Pen because I knew a couple of their former clients and they had great things to say about the MBA team. I was also reassured by the fact that many of your team members had international degrees and had lived worked abroad – I was sure that I would get an in-depth perspective of business schools.

TRP was super professional and the process was well organized. The team was always responsive and were invested in every application. We went through several drafts together, and my lead consultant helped me mould a very personal and hazy story into something that was concise and easy to understand. Also, getting multiple perspectives really helped me out.

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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?