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The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

At The Red Pen, you’ll see that MBA consultants grow to be your friends, rather than just professional acquaintances. They work with you from the outset, helping you understand who you are, what your goals are and what school is right for you through a series of candid conversations, not letting go of your hand until you’ve achieved what you want! Their professionalism in terms of approachability, promptness and feedback is admirable.

I worked with The Red Pen for my applications to The Wharton School and Columbia Business School. I’m pleased to say that their guidance helped me shape my experiences into a compelling story, thus getting me acceptances into both schools.

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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?