What are the determining factors when trying to decide which independent college advisor is right for you? Parents, students, schools, tutors, and psychologists and other professionals use International College Counselors to help students gain the advantage in the college admissions process. We consistently exceed expectations by providing expertise to do the job right. We have narrowed down the top five ways that we are different than other independent college counselors:
Our U.S. and international students have gained admittance to all of the Ivy League schools, premiere institutions like MIT and Stanford, as well as hundreds of other colleges and universities around the nation. Additionally, we have a 100% success rate of placing students in four-year colleges. However, at International College Counselors, we measure success by placing students in the school that is the best fit for them. Our success comes from helping students differentiate themselves by better understanding the schools in which they are applying, defining students’ exceptional talents, and demonstrating how they will be an asset to the schools. Our clientele is diverse, from valedictorians to students with all C’s. After targeting a student’s school list, the vast majority of our students get accepted to at least one of their top three school choices.
Experience and Team Approach
We understand that every student is unique. Each student and family has different priorities, preferences, goals, strengths and needs. And with over 4,500 colleges, not every college counselor can know everything about each school. Because of this, we opt for a team approach to advising. As a team, we all share the common goal of putting our clients’ needs first. We share resources on schools, admissions strategies and college contacts. At the same time, each of our college counselors is very different when it comes to our backgrounds, gender, and personality types. Our advisors include former college and graduate school admissions officers, a president of one of the top private high schools in the nation, school counselors, independent school faculty, alumni interviewers and varsity college athletes. By working together to identify your unique situation and objectives, our team of advisors is distinctively capable of advising you on the most significant college issues you may face during your lifetime. Our general philosophy is that if our clients and prospective clients believe that our company is a good fit, then we will make sure we have an advisor who will also be a good fit.
Working With an Independent Educational Consultant
Independent Educational Consultants can provide families and students with individual attention, firsthand knowledge of hundreds of educational opportunities, and the time to explore multiple options. With their extensive knowledge of schools and colleges, independent educational consultants can broaden the potential choices, and provide assistance in weighing factors including cost, location and curriculum. With an IEC, your student has the opportunity to explore a wide variety of options and discuss possibilities in a meaningful way. Because they are not tied to any specific school or college, independent educational consultants are not burdened with unrelated duties, and are available at the family’s convenience-not just during school hours during the school year.
College Advisor of Donna Klein Jewish Academy (2009-2014)
International College Counselors proudly served as the in-house college counseling firm at Donna Klein Jewish Academy in Boca Raton, Florida. Beginning with 11 Seniors in 2009, the high school grew exponentially over the five years, in large part to the students’ college admissions successes. Graduates received admissions to colleges including Harvard College, University of Pennsylvania, Washington University in St. Louis, and Northwestern University.
Naviance is an exclusive web based college research tool for students and parents. Through Naviance, students may (a) search for colleges based upon programs offered, admissions statistics, location, and a number of other factors; (b) Compare GPA, standardized test scores, and other statistics to actual historical data from a student’s school who have applied and been admitted in the past; (c) Access scholarship information; (d) Keep track of the schools a student is considering, and applying to, in order to get organized and stay on track throughout the admissions process.
High Ethical Standards
We assure all of our students, parents, community and business partners that we observe the highest legal and moral standards. Some practices we will not partake in include writing students’ essays, taking tests, changing transcripts or permitting lying on your applications or essays. We pride ourselves in telling our clients the truth and not making promises we can’t keep.