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Have you used a private admission consultant, if so what is your experience?


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  • NCMOM24NCMOM24 39 replies0 threads Junior Member
    @Harvardina Don't hesitate to ask around...you don't have to ask specifically for Ivy League help you can ask around for essay help or someone who can help choose schools that way no one knows your intentions. It's the best way to get good referrals. I am a college consultant (NOT soliciting already booked for the class of "18 & '19 and prefer to work local so I can meet in person with clients and get to know them) but I only work by personal referral and don't advertise. So ask people you trust and also in addition to Harvard find your D some schools that are a step or two down from the ivies to love...it's tough out there.
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  • janjmomjanjmom 357 replies10 threads Member
    @Harvardina there are two national professional organizations for educational consultants: IECA and HECA. You can go to their websites to search for consultants. It's no guarantee that they are good (ask for references), but at least you will know that they abide by the ethical guidelines for the organizations (and the industry) and that they have met the requirements to join (experience, training, etc).
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  • HarvardinaHarvardina 4 replies0 threads New Member
    Thanks everyone, much appreciated!
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  • shine11354shine11354 1 replies0 threads New Member
    You did great job. I highly agree what we need is application strategy and essay brainstorm. I am looking for private counselor for my S. Can you give me contact info. of the counselor who you were working with? thanks.
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  • collegemomjamcollegemomjam 1975 replies1 threads Senior Member
    @sal255 what a great and unique approach. I agree you can get great results if you are open minded and resourceful. Congrats to your daughter!!
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  • ColoradomamaColoradomama 2779 replies32 threads Senior Member
    @keiekei I believe U of Chicago did away with legacy being helpful to applicants many years ago, and I don't think legacy helps anymore at Harvard U either. Stanford still counts legacy though, strongly, I have heard. Now if a student's mom or dad teaches at the Ivy school that they want to attend, that may help a student get admitted. Faculty children, if they are admitted, are offered a full tuition waver at most Ivy schools plus MIT and many other private colleges across the US.
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  • CountingDownCountingDown 13567 replies112 threads Senior Member
    ^^The Ivies raised the waiver? We have friends who were Ivy faculty kids and they got a 50% tuition waiver. Of course, this was back in the 80s when the dinosaurs roamed!
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  • gardenstategalgardenstategal 6294 replies10 threads Senior Member
    @Coloradomama , Stanford guarantees legacies that their apps will be read by 2 readers, so no capricious rejections by a cranky single reader. They also will give a bump to large (very large) donors. In some situations, this is helpful, but it's not a strong boost for most. They are pretty upfront with alumni about what to expect.
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  • ColoradomamaColoradomama 2779 replies32 threads Senior Member
    Columbia offers a 100% tuition waiver for employees and employee children:
    This may extend to non faculty employees at some universities:

    MIT offers this plan to employees:


    New strategy for parents, get a job at the school your child wants to attend!!!

    I did not look up all the Ivys but I think many US universities, including Case Western Reserve University
    offer free tuition to faculty children.
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  • ColoradomamaColoradomama 2779 replies32 threads Senior Member
    MIT sends a letter to all alumni parents with children applying to MIT, spelling out that legacy does not count for anything in the MIT admissions process. I believe U of Chicago sends a similar letter, according to a relative I know, who's kids applied to her alma mater.
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