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Stanford Graduate School of Business

Stanford Graduate School of Business

I loved the personal and friendly approach of Kavita and Maya from The Red Pen. They took time to get to know me, understood all my stories and most importantly, paced me to complete my applications within the deadlines. Since they have a different industry experience than mine, discussing my stories with them helped me improve my writing skills to suit a wider global audience. Most importantly, they have a great understanding of education in the US. However intimidating it seemed at times, they motivated me to pursue my dream to get into Stanford.

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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?