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The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

The Red Pen was instrumental in facilitating my business school journey. Kim and Kavita guided me every step of the way, from shortlisting schools to refining my stories and now in shaping my Wharton journey. TRP helped me create an overall strategy for my applications and stick to my timelines. Kavita was only a phone call away and we had several brainstorming sessions to refine my pitch. Kavita’s personal anecdotes from Wharton were particularly insightful and she continues to advise me on getting the most from my time at Wharton. It has been my privilege to get to know Kavita and Kim and in them, I have found wonderful long-term mentors.

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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?