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Indiana University

Indiana University

Working with the Red Pen was a wonderful experience. Not only did Kim and Kavita keep me on my toes during the application process, but also they became my lifetime mentors. Kim and Kavita make a great team and ensured that my application was the best it could be. I remember constantly working on my essays with them; we exchanged draft after draft until I felt they were perfect. I know I couldn’t have done it without them! Thank you Kim and Kavita for all your support!

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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?