Finding the right school, college or program can be a rewarding process, but for some families the experience is challenging, overwhelming and at times frustrating. Few decisions have as great an impact on a student. Families may find themselves at a loss to properly evaluate their options and make appropriate choices. Seeking the services of an independent educational consultant can be the wisest investment a family can make. And, the fees involved may be less than 3% of a four-year college tuition bill.

Our admissions consulting service includes:
  • Analysis of student’s interests, strengths, skills and academic and extracurricular goals
  • Review of student’s educational and personal histories, school records and standardized testing results
  • Extensive search of schools and programs and list of potential schools
  • Development of “to do” list for educational testing, letters of recommendation, college visits, application completion and submission
  • College visit and admissions interview advice and preparation
  • Admissions essay brainstorming and editing
  • Critique of completed applications (for up to 10 schools)

Hiring an independent educational consultant can give families objective advice, access to reliable information, and the kind of individual attention necessary to make an informed decision.

The key role of the independent educational consultant (IEC) is to find the best possible match between a student’s educational, social, emotional, and community needs and desires, and what schools, colleges or programs offer. The role of the IEC in a school, program, or college application process is not, as the media would have us believe, to sit back, let a student decide where they want to go and then “help them get in.” A student’s learning style, the campus’ political environment, academic vs. social component, weekend activities, LD support services, physical environment, and so much more go into this important decision.

One service, many advantages

Families considering a secondary school typically lack knowledge or familiarity with what the options are. In addition to traditional day schools, there are boarding schools, Learning Disability programs, and public charter schools. While a tremendous amount of information is available on the Internet, an independent educational consultant can provide qualitative analysis for the selection. Consultants have not only visited these schools, but undoubtedly have placed many students there. Consultants are also knowledgeable about the admission process and can advise families every step of the way. IECA member consultants are required to have extensive campus visits—they have visited, on average, over 150 campuses each.

For families considering college, the main reason to hire an independent educational consultant is individualized attention.

Most public school guidance counselors would like to assist students individually with the college process but they have too many students to offer much in the way of individual attention. And, they often have many more responsibilities than college counseling: They are responsible for scheduling as well as other social and emotional issues that face teenagers today. Independent consultants can take much of the stress out of the process and be an objective, third-party, helping a family through the process of transitioning from high school and living at home to going off to college and living away from home. IECA member consultants are knowledgeable about local schools as well as national schools.

eCollegeConsulting consultants understand the importance of their role in the college application process. Members reassure students and parents that there are great college choices for everyone, and help reduce anxiety for both parents and students. Our members believe that the student, not the parent or the consultant, is responsible for driving the application process. Success is judged not by gaining admission, but by a successful experience wherever a student chooses to matriculate.

Because IECA consultants are committed to the highest ethical standards of practice, families will find that our consultants have the student’s best interest as their sole focus. IECA members sign an annual pledge that governs their interactions with colleges, students, and parents. They agree to avoid any action that distorts or misrepresents a student’s record or interfere with a university’s ability to accurately evaluate a student. Because experience, expertise, and personal style vary, families should engage prospective consultants in a discussion about their background, experience, style as well as how the meetings will be conducted, and what the fee structure is before the first meeting.

Employing the services of an educational consultant may be the best investment families can make.

Tapping into the knowledge and expertise of a consultant who has extensive experience to guide families in making this important decision can make the difference between a really good match and a less than successful experience.

No one source of information is sufficient to gain a complete view of a school, college, or program but it is the visit—a personal visit by a trained professional—that when combined with statistics, published reports, Web sites and more, is likely to provide the best, most complete picture of an institution. Such a picture informs the consultant whether or not a school should be placed on the list of possibilities, allowing a student and family to conduct their own research. It is this difference that makes consultants invaluable for families and makes IECA members the most respected in the field.