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The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

I remember reaching out to Kim and Kavita in a state of panic – aiming to submit three applications with just two months left on the clock. In hindsight, it was one of my best decisions. They were a great sounding board for me to initially firm up ideas and then translate them into words, keeping me on schedule all the while. Their feedback was succinct, relevant and very personalized. They were always approachable, going way beyond the brief on many occasions. Look no further, they are as good as they come.

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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?