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Loyola Marymount University

Loyola Marymount University

The entire college application process seemed extremely daunting at first. After two rather anxious meetings with different counsellors, I met with The Red Pen, who made me believe that I could pull this off. The team helped me set up a detailed roadmap and highlighted crucial deadlines. This helped me stay on track in the midst of all the chaos. The team constantly rallied around me and worked tirelessly with me throughout the process. Their constant support and guidance helped me get into my dream college.

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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?