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Santa Clara University

I approached The Red Pen on the advice of family friends. I felt confident that TRP could help me get into one of my top university choices. When I started, I was unaware of how lengthy and cumbersome the application process was going to be. The co-ordination and co-operation from the team, gave me the much needed push I needed to ensure I remained focused and on track. TRP helped me clarify my thoughts, prioritize my requirements and target university list.

I was very worried about the uncertain political conditions in the US.  TRP helped me explore other destinations, discussed alternative options and conducted research. In the end, I decided to stick with my original plans of studying in the US instead of giving into my fear; I am thankful for that!

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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?