Carolyn Z. Lawrence Educational Consultant

Professional Standards

I am a member in good standing of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) and the Higher Educational Consultants Association (HECA).  Both professional organizations have established specific codes of conduct for college advisors, by which I abide in my work with students. 

Briefly summarized, these ethical standards include my promise that I will:

Strive to provide accurate, unbiased information to students and parents about the college planning and decision-making process, while respecting student and family decisions.

Counsel students to develop a list of “good match” colleges that is balanced, realistic, and reasonable in number.

Encourage students and their families to conduct thorough research into the academic and co-curricular programs, selection processes, financial aid policies, and other distinguishing features of colleges.

Seek to complement the work of high school counselors and to work cooperatively and collaboratively with school counselors in the best interests of each student. 

Advise students and parents to approach the college application and admission process ethically and honestly. While I provide guidance to students on applications and essays, I do not write or prepare essays or other application materials for students.

Not guarantee or make promises of admission to any college or university, nor accept any reward, service, or remuneration from any college, university, agency, or organization for the placement, referral, or recruitment of students.

More information: If you wish to review the full professional practice statements of NACAC and HECA that, as a member of both organizations, I abide by in my work with students, you may do so at these links:

National Association for College Admissions Counseling Statement of Principles of Good Practice 


Higher Education Consultants Association Standards and Ethics Statement  

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