Do you guarantee admission to a school, one of my top choices, or a certain minimum dollar value in scholarships?
Do NOT trust any offer of guarantees.
How do you keep up with new trends, academic changes and evolving campus cultures? How often do you get out and visit college, school, and program campuses and meet with admissions representatives?
The ONLY way to know about the best matches for you is to be out visiting schools regularly. We suggest that any consultant should be visiting a minimum of 20 campuses per year.
Do you belong to any professional associations?
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) are two associations for private educational consultants with established and rigorous standards for membership.
Do you attend professional conferences or training workshops on a regular basis to keep up with regional and national trends and changes in the law?
A college consultant should be attending professional conferences and workshops regularly to stay updated.
Do you ever accept any form of compensation from a school, program, or company in exchange for placement or a referral?
They absolutely should not!
Are all fees involved stated in writing, up front, indicating exactly what services I will receive for those fees?
Be very wary if they aren't.
Will you complete the application for admission, re-write my essays or fill out the financial aid forms on my behalf?
No, they should NOT! It is essential that the student be in charge of the process and all materials should be a product of the student’s own, best work.
How long have you been in business as an educational consultant?
Get an idea of how much experience they have.
What was your background prior to going into educational consulting? What was your training and education?
Find out about their training.
Will you use personal connections to get me in to one of my top choices?
The answer should be NO. A consultant doesn’t get you admitted. They help you to demonstrate why you deserve to be admitted.
What specialized training do you have (LD, gifted, athletics, arts, etc.)?
Find out if they have special skills that might be applicable to you.
Do you adhere to the ethical guidelines for private counseling established by IECA, NACAC and HECA?
Visit their websites for more information on these organizations.

Claremont College

Claremont College

Lawrence University

University of San Diego


Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA)

National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)

Higher Educational Consultants Association (HECA)