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University of Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame

I worked with The Red Pen for my undergraduate applications to universities in the US, and was very happy with the service and the people who worked with me. The team was extremely patient, going through edits where necessary, supporting my college choices, and even helping me prepare for interviews when needed. Everyone who worked with me took the effort to know me and guided me in expressing what I wanted to clearly and to the best of my ability. My lead counsellor was always readily available to answer any question or concern I had. I absolutely loved my experience with The Red Pen and would recommend it for anyone looking for guidance with college admissions.

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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?