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College and Graduate School Admission

How an IECA member can help find the right college or graduate school for you
IECA member consultants can be a welcome resource for applicants and families who recognize that they need more individualkids on steps attention than a school counselor may have time to provide. IECA member consultants offer you the knowledge and skills of an experienced professional, coupled with a commitment to meeting the client's best interests. IECA consultants also have expertise in advising individuals with special circumstances such as learning or physical disabilities.

An IECA educational consultant spends hours with the applicant and family getting to the heart of his or her personality, interests, qualifications, and aspirations. A successful admission begins when a consultant learns as much as he or she can about you, then works to find the college or graduate school that provides the best environment for your educational, social, professional, and personal growth. It's not only about being accepted-more importantly, it's about thriving at the institution that is the right fit for you.

IECA member consultants provide a complete search of appropriate colleges and graduate schools
An IECA consultant spends 20% of his or her time on the road, meeting with students on campusadmissions officers, touring campuses, and exploring the campus environment. Therefore, consultants have extensive, first-hand knowledge of colleges and graduate schools, big and small, around the country. This personal insight provides clients with a much deeper understanding than any catalog or Web site can convey. Because consultants are familiar with a multitude of institutions, they can present applicants with a much wider selection of possibilities and provide vital help in weighing factors such as cost, location, and curriculum.

An IECA member consultant can act as your guide, interpreter, and facilitator for the entire selection and application process
Working with someone who understands the system can be invaluable during this stressful time. IECA consultants regularly attend conferences and workshops to stay current on developments in their field. They have experience in college admissions and know the intricacies of test preparation, applications, essays, interviews, and financial aid. IECA consultants can even help you decide what academic, personal, and work experiences will best prepare you for success on campus.

IECA member consultants provide unbiased helpstudent in dorm room
They work for you, not the college or graduate school. Not tied to any institution, IECA consultants will offer objective help in wading through the myriad letters, brochures, videos, and catalogs that applicants collect in their search, and in evaluating the pros and cons of each program. With college and graduate school becoming more expensive and competitive every day, families and applicants feel increased pressure to make the right choice. An IECA educational consultant serves as the applicant's personal resource in this important decision-making process.

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