College Admissions Consultants, College Counselor Help

Many families decide that there is an advantage for them to hire an outside private college consultant to assist them in one way or another through the college admissions process. An excellent place to start identifying the right counselor to work with is to determine if they are members are either one or both of these associations.


Independent Educational Consultants Association - IECA

This association is considered the more exclusive of the two because it has several very stringent qualifications for membership especially for those designated professional members.


List of Qualification for Membership:


Higher Education Consultants Association


Background Information regarding qualifications for membership:


Highlighted College Counselor:

Robin S. Groelle is a highly successful Independent College Counselor with over 30 years experience counseling in college, prep school and the independent setting. In recent years she has had students who earned acceptances into top schools such as Brown, Duke, Georgetown and Johns Hopkins. Her goal is to guide students through the entire college process and to cater to the needs of the student. One of the most important parts of her operating philosophy is to find a student the college that is the right “fit” for them.

Ms. Groelle’s website is and it also serves as a valuable college admissions resource. She has tips and advice on various sections of the college process including tips on writing college essays, searching for a college, completing applications and much more.

Articles on College Counselors: 

Six Ways to Pick an Independent College Counselor

CBS Money Watch – 5/22/2009

A concise article that serves as an excellent starting point about the world of independent college counselors:


Before College, Costly Advice Just on Getting In

The New York Times - July 19, 2009

A realistic and objective overview of the role of independent admissions advisers (outside college counselors) can play in your college admissions process:


The $28,995 Tutor

New York Magazine

A profile of a Manhattan based college counselor that has created an exclusive practice that caters to the top tier of this market and gives a comprehensive overview of the industry:


12 Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Independent Educational Consultant

A one page checklist from the website of the Independent Educational Consultants Association – IECA:


Hiring a College Advisor: Bogus or Bonus?

Departures March/April 2009

A good overview of the potential value a college counselor could have during the college admissions process, written from the perspective of a parent:


College Confidential Ask the Dean       

This post deals with the question, is it worth it to hire a College Admissions Counselor? The answer outlines who a college counselor could benefit and what a college counselor provides:


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