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NYU Stern School of Business

NYU Stern School of Business

Navigating the MBA application process can be very intimidating and exhausting. Working with The Red Pen provided me with the support I needed to get through it. Right from helping me shortlist my target schools, to crafting my application strategy and answering my numerous questions, The Red Pen was extremely proactive and gave me candid feedback at every step of the process. I would not have been able to produce an application of such quality without their guidance, and I am certain that my admission to Stern would not have been possible without them. I owe The Red Pen a big thank you for all their help in getting me here.

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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?