How long have you been in business as an independent educational consultant (IEC)?
The College Blueprint, LLC has been in business since 2001 serving students in Orange, San Diego, Riverside and Los Angeles counties. Additionally, we have a location in the mid-Atlantic region.
What is your training and education?
All College Blueprint consultants are experienced and have either a Master’s Degree in Counseling and/or a post-bachelor’s certificate in College Counseling from UCLA or UCI.
Do you guarantee admission to a school, one of my student’s top choices, or a certain minimum dollar value in scholarships?
Do not trust any offer of guarantees. Ethical educational consultants cannot guarantee admission nor guarantee scholarships.
How do you keep up with new trends, academic changes and evolving campus cultures? How often do you visit college campuses and meet with admissions representatives?
The ONLY way for an educational consultant to know about the best matches for your student is to visit colleges regularly. We have conducted over 500 college visits and continue to visit additional colleges every year.
Do you belong to any professional associations?
NACAC and IECA are the two associations for independent educational consultants with established and rigorous standards for membership. We have memberships in both organizations and our CEO has served on several national committees.
Do you attend professional conferences or training workshops on a regular basis to keep up with regional and national trends and changes in the law?
Not only do we attend conferences, but our CEO, also presents at conferences and has served on the faculty for training new consultants who are entering the profession.
Do you ever accept any form of compensation from a school, program, or company in exchange for placement or a referral?
Educational consultants absolutely should not and we certainly do not!
Are all fees involved stated in writing, up front, indicating exactly what services I will receive for those fees?
From The College Blueprint, LLC, you will receive a detailed description of all of the services we will be providing to you and your student.
Will you complete the application for admission, re-write my essays, or fill out the financial aid forms on my behalf?
No, educational consultants should NOT and we will not; it is essential that the student be in charge of the process and all materials should be a product of the student’s own, best work. For financial advice, it is important to seek assistance from a qualified financial advisor.
Will you use personal connections to get me into one of my student’s top choices?
An educational consultant doesn't get a student admitted-we help your student demonstrate why he or she deserves to be admitted. We take great pride in helping students find their college fit and it is important for their success in college that they “own” their educational planning process.