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Harvard Business School

Harvard Business School

Although I was very nervous when I started my MBA application process, The Red Pen’s approach gave me the confidence to articulate my feelings and produce a successful application. Having an experienced lead consultant ready to guide me at different points in the process was instrumental in ensuring that every detail was thought through, that my experiences were well integrated, and my overall story was highlighted. The end-to-end support, from brainstorming at the beginning all the way up to the final interview, was a great source of comfort in the midst of tight timelines.

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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?