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NYU Stern School of Business

NYU Stern School of Business

During my time working with The Red Pen, what stood out to me was the team-based approach. I received inputs from multiple people which helped me fine-tune my application. My lead consultant guided me throughout the process and inspired me to think big. Through the brainstorming session, my consultant helped me reflect on my experiences, bring out my personality and the unique elements of my story, enabling me to dramatically improve my essays. Overall, the process was methodical and streamlined.

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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?