Notice how many college admissions counseling companies have the name “Ivy” in them. You know why? Because some people think that if they have “Ivy ” in the name of their business it implies that they have some kind of inside track to admissions to the Ivy League or other selective colleges.
You know the truth, don’t you. There is no “inside” track to admissions to the Ivy League colleges or any other college. Yes, there are things that you can do to make yourself a more competitive candidate for a highly selective college. But having a counselor that works for an “Ivy” admissions company does not give you an added advantage.
Don’t misunderstand me. There are some good independent educational consultants who work for firms with the “Ivy” name in it. There are also good independent consultants with the name “college” in the business name.
To find the best consultant for you, look at the qualifications of the counselors. Do they have experience working with students in the college admissions process? Do they have recommendations they can give you? Do they belong to one of the recognized groups that qualified counselors belong to like the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) or the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA).
And finally, are you comfortable working with the counselor?
There are many ways to find good, qualified independent educational consultants. But having a word in the name of the business, regardless of the word, is no guarantee of quality.