<< Back to Blog

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Berkeley

I could not have asked for better counselors than Kim and Kavita as I started working on my undergraduate applications for the US. Their strongest qualities are their in-depth knowledge of the American university system and the personalized approach they give to each applicant. Though the ideas and content for the essay prompts were mine, Kim and Kavita reviewed multiple drafts and did not consider anything final until I was completely satisfied. They were extremely supportive at a critical time and always accessible.

Enjoyed This Post? Share!
Share it on:
Get In Touch

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?