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Santa Clara University

As a senior in a UK boarding school, I was juggling academics and extracurriculars. This made it difficult to navigate through the application process on my own. That is where The Red Pen came in. From adjusting their schedule with mine and brainstorming ideas for essays to helping me find colleges in California and Florida, the team did everything they could to ensure that I had a smooth journey. What mattered to me was that they listened to what I wanted and tailored their advice accordingly. I had to go through several edits for my essays but the end results were exactly what I wanted to portray. I am glad I worked with The Red Pen and would recommend them to all those looking for assistance during the application process.

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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?