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Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis

What I really liked about working with The Red Pen was how they took out time to understand me, so that they could tailor all their advice and counselling to fit my needs. This helped me make good choices in terms of colleges and early applications, which resulted in my acceptance to Washington University in St. Louis. The application process has so many parts that it’s easy to get confused but the organization and planning from The Red Pen’s end just made everything seem so clear. I would like to thank The Red Pen for their guidance during the process!

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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?