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University of Westminster

University of Westminster

I started working with The Red Pen only two months before the application deadlines and my experience was amazing. I had a strong interest in the music business but I wasn’t sure which countries offered great courses. I had shortlisted the Berklee School of Music as my dream school (like several other students) and was also keen on applying to universities in Australia. Through several discussions with The Red Pen, I decided to keep my options open and apply to universities in different countries as well. After I decided to apply to the UK, I realized that the University of Westminster in London was the right choice for me. Through every step of the way, my lead consultant supported me, answered all my questions, guided me in the right direction and helped me get into the programme of my choice. A big thank you to The Red Pen in helping me achieving my goals, and helping me enjoy the stressful process of applying to college!

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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?