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University of San Francisco

We want thank the entire team of The Red Pen for their continuous support and help during the application process to universities in the US. The Red Pen assisted my son at every step of the application process with extreme professionalism, dedication and empathy. Since we had specific needs, we experienced some confusion prior to getting in touch with The Red Pen. After our first consultation, we immediately felt that we found our match. Their guidance and thorough knowledge helped my son make informed decisions and he is extremely happy about being accepted to the university of his dreams. I also would like to mention the kindness and genuine care shown by the counsellors at every moment. They have played a very important role in my son’s future.

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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?