Choosing the college of best fit!

– Anant, Harvey Mudd

Anant was faced with a dilemma – he was admitted to Rice, Georgia Tech, UC Berkeley, Harvey Mudd and University of Pennsylvania and wasn’t sure about which college to choose as they were all great options. He had finalized his list after much research and visiting many of the campuses.

A competitive applicant, Anant would have been an ‘academic fit’ at all the institutions where he applied. He had a stellar academic record and perfect test scores. He was also active outside the classroom – Anant established a mentorship program for underprivileged children called Each One Teach One, completed a six-month internship at Godrej, was part of a rock band, did magic tricks for fun and participated in many robotics competitions. The Red Pen helped Anant distill his experiences into compelling stories for his applications.

Anant was interested in studying STEM and really wanted a college that would give him hands on experience; we reviewed his college acceptances together and came to the decision that Harvey Mudd would provide the best fit.

During his freshman year, Anant worked on a challenging engineering project with a group of four students, to modify a wheelchair for a patient with Parkinson’s disease who was confined to the wheelchair, but still wanted some way of exercising his legs. Over the summer break, Anant also had the opportunity to complete a six-week internship at Arya, a software company, specializing in artificial intelligence. Currently a sophomore, Anant loves studying at Harvey Mudd and is deciding whether he wants to major in computer science or engineering.

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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?