What is an Independent Educational Consultant and Why Should I Hire One?
Qualified Independent Educational Consultants (IECs) are experts in the field of college consulting. They provide an unbiased view on many colleges and universities, not only the best known, but those that are the best match for a particular student. An IEC advises and counsels students and their parents with the goal of selecting appropriate colleges whereby a student can be successful.
Colleges and Selectivity
The reasons to hire an IEC are many. First, there are almost 3,000 four year institutions in the United States alone, all with different curricula, strengths, and degrees of selectivity. Finding a good fit college for a high school student from those 3,000 colleges based on both academic and social considerations is imperative for setting the student up for undergraduate success.
Additionally, more high school students today than ever before are applying to and attending college. The increased number of applicants results in an increased level of selectivity in many schools. There is simply a bigger pool of applicants from which colleges can choose. In today's hyper selective college environment, mindful students must begin the college search process early to identify schools which will be a good fit but also where there is a high likelihood of admission.
Choosing a college is most likely the biggest decision a high school student will make. There are certainly many online tools, books, and even high school guidance counselors to guide the process. However, according to a 2011 U.S. Department of Education Guidance School survey, school counselors on average provide a scant 38 minutes of college admissions advice per U.S. high school student. Additionally, no book or online tool is a substitute for an IEC, a dedicated professional who will work one on one with the student and their family to provide a list of great fit college matches.
Funding a child's college education is likely the second largest expenditure after a home purchase for many families. Private colleges and even some state institutions can be undoubtedly expensive. And a good fit for a student is critical, as their college experience can most assuredly shape their life and career. While many families hire a financial professional to manage their retirement savings or a realtor to help with the sale of their home, they mistakenly elect a 'DIY' approach for choosing a college for their child. Having a dedicated IEC help guide the college selection process is well worth their professional fees when the monetary investment for college is so substantial.
Mears College Consulting LLC
Let Mears College Consulting LLC provide individualized attention to your student and determine a list of schools where he/she can be successful. Through interviews, questionnaires, and personality assessments, Kristine Mears will guide your student and develop a list of colleges and universities where your student can thrive.
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"Mears College Consulting was so helpful in our daughter's college search for both academics and swimming! Kristine helped guide us through the process of finding both an academic and athletic fit for our daughter, and she received offers to swim at four highly selective colleges. Kristine's support and expert guidance were invaluable in helping our daughter through the difficult decision-making process. Thanks to Kristine and Mears College Consulting!"
- Parent of 2015 Graduate
"Kristine helped us demystify the college selection process. While we were focused on in-state options, she suggested casting a wider net and identified several colleges that had not occurred to us. My daughter has been accepted at several programs that we now understand will be a good fit for her strengths and career goals."
- Parent of 2014 Graduate