Bunn Library at the Lawrenceville School.

Bunn Library at the Lawrenceville School. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The process of finding one’s way into a boarding school or university can be undertaken with or without the support of outside expertise. For generations, families making such choices did nothing more than engage social prejudice: They sent their sons and, later, their daughters to the same institutions that father and grandfather had attended first. The “Old Boy” network.

As admissions policies in the United States began to shift away from wealth-based credentials in the 1950’s and away from all-male selectivity at many of the most prestigious schools in the 1970’s, earned credentials emerged as a leading determinant of admissibility to this country’s increasingly selective private institutions. Eventually, schools and colleges recognized their obligation to compete for the most capable applicants – young women and men from all types of backgrounds with one thing in common: a desire to optimize their educational experience by finding academic programming to match their specific aspirations.

As competition for talented students accelerated in all quarters of the education community, the numbers of “acceptable” schools, colleges, and universities began to multiply; there were no longer just a handful of great choices available to the rapidly growing pool of qualified applicants. Hundreds of viable institutions were now in play, offering thousands of programs to hundreds of thousands of increasingly demanding customers. Yes, customers. Applicant families were now consumers, empowered in some ways, but also increasingly frustrated by the complexities and statistical realities of the modern world of selective educational placement. What to do?
For many applicants and their families, the answer lies in identifying a competent professional resource to assist with the educational placement process. An educational consultant. The assignment: To optimize placement for our daughter or son at a school or college that will both nurture and challenge – that will provide substance while encouraging dreams. Optimized placement: an elusive, but absolutely attainable goal, given the help of a truly independent educational consultant. More specifically, a consultant with credentials (IECA membership would be a great start) and no financial ties to any particular institution. With no other operating agenda than the long-term well-being of the applicant at hand, the qualified educational consultant can inform, guide, and optimize the admissions process, often finding multiple institutional solutions that will truly meet expectations.
Carter P. Reese
Informed Educational Solutions
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