As we approach the beginning of the new school year, the time is just around the corner for seniors to be applying to colleges. And many students and their parents are looking for help, overwhelmed by the highly selective college admissions process…and uninformed (or misinformed). As parents and students seek out private college consulting, they need to be sure to hire a private college consultant who will successfully help them in the stressful process. Not just any private college consultant is a good one. Frankly, the vast majority aren’t. So we’d like to help point out to you some warning signs to look out for when seeking private college consulting.
Always hire a private college consultant who is a member of NACAC and IECA. NACAC is the National Association for College Admissions Counseling. IECA is the Independent Educational Consultants Association. These logos for the two organizations should appear on the consultant’s website. If you don’t see those logos, you should indeed start to become a bit suspicious. Like in every other industry, there are hacks in the admissions business, too. It should be noted that The Ivy Coach is a member in good standing of both NACAC and IECA. These logos appear at the bottom of our homepage — which you’re welcome to check for yourself.
IECA lists some other warning signs that the private college consultant you’re considering hiring isn’t the right choice for you. Let’s share a few with you. “They tell you not to worry about all the details on the application forms…they’ll take care of those for you.” It’s all in the details! Oy vey. “They indicate that their background, training, and years of experience are unimportant details not worth getting into.” Uh huh. “They promise to use their ‘pull’ or ‘connection’ to secure admission to a particular school or college.” Right. Get the idea?