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Kelley School of Business at Indiana University

Kelley School of Business at Indiana University

I started my MBA application process with The Red Pen in October. Since I was slightly late in the application process, there were troubles in the beginning but the process turned out to be extremely smooth in the end. I thank the team for their professional services and for giving me an exceptional lead consultant. The team helped me carve our my story well, gave me great insights on my letters of recommendation and worked with me on my resume. Thank you for all your services The Red Pen and all the best for your future endeavours!

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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?