Why Choose International College Counselors for Your College Admissions Support

A photo illustrating International College Counselors explains why students and their families should work with ICC for college admissions support.

Celebrating our 20th anniversary is a true testament to the work of International College Counselors and the thousands of families who have trusted us every step of the way with college admissions support.

As part of their application, many colleges ask students to explain why they want to study at that particular institution. And just as they ask, “Why our college?” you may want to know “Why work with ICC?” 

Recently, we posted our 2023-24 results, showing our success and commitment to what we do. Here we will explain why we’ve achieved such remarkable results.

Six Reasons to Work with International College Counselors

ICC has helped students from the U.S. and around the world get accepted into more than 350 schools, including all the Ivy Leagues, top institutions like MIT and Stanford, large state universities, conservatories, liberal arts colleges, service academies, and hundreds of other colleges in the U.S. We also have advisors dedicated to helping place students in colleges abroad. Our 100% success rate in placing students in four-year colleges speaks for itself. But success to us isn’t just about getting in; it’s about finding the best-fit school for each student. In developing and refining each student’s list, including their “first choice” school, our students have enjoyed unprecedented success. 

With over 4,500 colleges out there, no single counselor can know everything. That’s why we use a team approach. Our team of 16 college advisors share resources, strategies, and contacts to best serve our clients. Our diverse team includes former admission officers, college counselors and directors from the high school side, alumni interviewers, varsity college athletes, and writing professionals with a combined 250+ years in education. Having reviewed thousands of applications, we understand what sets a student apart from the highly qualified competition, and we will work to differentiate your student. While each family is assigned one lead counselor specifically chosen based on your student’s interests and goals, we work together behind the scenes to meet–and exceed–each family’s expectations. Recognizing our counselors’ expertise and knowledge, dozens of national publications have quoted members of our team.

All of our advisors are employed full-time. This means our advisors are fully devoted to our families and all things pertaining to college admissions; they are not tutors or teachers, nor are they stretched thin from working another job. When our advisors are not meeting with families, you’ll find them visiting colleges, attending continuing education programs, meeting with college admission representatives, and doing research on summer programs, extracurricular activities, colleges, and more. Our advisors adjust their schedules to work when our families are available, including evenings and some weekend days during application season, and other flexible times tailored to your needs. Students need comprehensive support, and only full-time educational consultants can provide this.

We focus on helping students understand the schools they’re applying to, highlight their unique talents, and show how they’ll be an asset. Each student is unique, so we take a deep dive into each student’s interests to create a plan personalized just for them. We don’t make our students watch videos or read ready-made worksheets. In the fiercely competitive world of college admissions, a one-size-fits-all approach simply doesn’t cut it. Each student possesses distinct strengths, interests, and ambitions, and the truly exceptional consultants at ICC will invest the time to understand these unique qualities. They will then develop a customized strategy to showcase your student’s most impressive attributes, suggesting activities that match their interests and demonstrate their initiative and growth. This also involves choosing a balanced mix of courses, extracurricular activities, leadership roles, and summer programs that align with the student’s objectives. Moreover, our consultants guide each student in discovering and nurturing their passions, making them stand out to admissions committees.

From valedictorians to students with average grades, most of our students get into one of their top three choices.

We use Naviance, a web-based college research tool that’s exclusive to our students and parents. Naviance lets us, and you, search for colleges based on various factors, compare your stats with past applicants, access scholarship info, and keep track of your applications. It’s an invaluable tool to reduce stress, get organized, and stay on track throughout the admissions process.

We pride ourselves on our integrity. We don’t write students’ essays, take tests for them, change transcripts, or allow lying on applications. We believe in being honest with our clients and making promises we can keep. We uphold the highest legal and moral standards in all we do. Because of our high ethical standards, all of our advisors have gained membership to the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), a professional organization committed to advocacy, ethics, and best practices in the field of college admission counseling. Our advisors also belong to the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), another organization that requires high professional and ethical standards.

Choosing the right college counselor can make all the difference in your student’s academic journey. At International College Counselors, our proven success, experienced team, personalized approach, and ethical standards set us apart. With our comprehensive resources, collaborative process, and unwavering commitment, we’re here to guide your family every step of the way.

Ready to take the next step towards your college dreams? Let’s achieve success together!


Increase your student’s chance of securing a spot at their top-choice institutions. Contact us at International College Counselors or call 1-954-414-9986 for college admissions support and personalized assistance in navigating the complexities of the college admission process.

Join us on Wednesday, June 26 @ 7 pm ET for the FREE webinar: STEM Growth: Tips for Students Considering STEM Majors


Even if you can’t make it to this webinar, register, and we’ll email you a link to the recording following the webinar with graduate school admissions tips.