What does an IEC do?

An Independent Educational Consultant (also known as a College Consultant or College Planner) helps students identify the criteria that will result in a successful college experience for them, and guides students through the process of applying to schools that match those criteria. 


This is accomplished by:

  • Conducting personality and learning style assessments. Offering career considerations.

  • Identifying best fit / success criteria.

  • Helping plan high school classes, summer experiences and extracurricular activities.

  • Providing high level information on NCAA and NAIA athletics requirements.

  • Creating a good match College list.

  • Providing support with essays, referral letters and extracurricular summaries.

  • Helping plan and prepare for standardized tests   (SAT / ACT).

  • Providing recommendations for researching and visiting campuses.

  • Ensuring on-time submission of quality applications.

  • Offering guidance on FAFSA applications, value considerations and scholarship searches.

  • Assisting with responses to Acceptance and Deferral letters.

  • Recommending resources to prepare for college.

Why Does Match Matter?

Your student's SUCCESS depends on it!

What does an IEC not do?

An ethical College Consultant does not:

  • Guarantee admission to any school.

  • Favor any school.

  • Receive compensation or benefit from any school.

  • Complete applications, forms, essays or personal statements on behalf of a student.


Sue Freeman


Sue Freeman is a College Consultant in Orange County, California.

Sue received her certificate of Independent Educational Consulting from University of California, Irvine.  She lives in Ladera Ranch with her husband and two children, both of whom are in the college planning process!  

She is a proud Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultant Association and pursues ongoing professional development through campus tours, conferences, networking and research. Sue holds a Bachelors degree from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.