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Harvard University

There are so many things I admire about The Red Pen’s approach to the whole admissions process. The team advised me of the college/program options that would match my profile. Their insights into the admissions process were vital in helping me personalize my applications. I am passionate about gadgets, tennis and magic and it was important for me to present my projects in the best possible light. We explored my hobbies and the team helped me showcase my unique interests and personality throughout the materials. Once my applications were submitted, we put in considerable effort preparing for interviews. The Red Pen team also stepped in to assist me with the applications for the Georgia Tech Presidential Scholarship and the UC Berkeley Honors program. They were always available – it has been an absolute pleasure to work with The Red Pen.

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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?