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New York University

I was in the process of starting my Master’s applications and was generally asking around for college advisors. During this time, I met with some team members of BCG, who spoke very highly of The Red Pen. Their recommendation combined with my initial conversation with the team helped me choose The Red Pen; I felt I was in good hands. What stood out most was the fact that they made me feel relevant. The whole process was tailored to my goals and I wasn’t “just another applicant.” As a result, I felt my application stood out and was unique to me. I was working in the strategy department of a B2B company and I was looking to transition into the sports world through a Master’s in Sports Management with absolutely no experience of working in the Sports Industry. They helped me tailor my resume and SOP to reflect how the business skills I’ve developed so far would make me an asset in the sports world and this helped me get into the top 5 sports programs in the world!

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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?