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Yale University

It has been a pleasure working with The Red Pen!  I first heard about TRP during an essay writing workshop. It was clear that what differentiated The Red Pen’s approach from others’ was the team’s attention to detail and their ability to give meaningful feedback. Getting feedback from several consultants on the team was great because it gave me different perspectives to work with.

When an essay was poorly written or a topic wasn’t working, the team wouldn’t hesitate to tell me so, allowing me to improve. With TRP’s guidance I also compiled work samples for my portfolio and prepared thoroughly for my interviews. They were incredibly flexible throughout the process; what stood out for me was the encouragement I got from the team.

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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?