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Tulane University

Tulane University

Thanks to The Red Pen team, my approach to the application process changed completely. They helped me shortlist colleges not merely based on rankings or prestige, but based on how well they fit my profile and future goals. They helped me frame my resume, in fact, my entire application, to reflect who I am as a person and highlight my strengths instead of trying to shape it into a typical “perfect Indian college application” template. The 20-something college essays, which seemed daunting at first, became a lot less intimidating with their support. They motivated me to work on each essay and helped transform them from an unorganized heap of words to beautifully written college essays. The entire team was always accessible throughout the application cycle and made the process so much easier for me and my family!

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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?