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The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

I loved the fact that Kavita and Kim were easily accessible – and were extremely responsive when I had specific questions or wanted to have a quick chat about something. They were also very patient and responded very thoughtfully to all my queries! Extremely extremely valuable to me! I appreciated that they went out of their way to share relevant articles and general information with me. They worked once on my resume – but then suggested we rework based on second thought. I really appreciated that. They were extremely prompt with all my resume and essay reviews and their suggestions scrupulously retained my voice / writing style in the essays. I always felt TRP was genuinely invested in my application and our interactions never felt transactional. This was extremely helpful during a tough 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?