Dear Harry: Sorry I delayed so long in writing. Your advice to a parent to stay away from a guy who "guaranteed" a college admission is right on target. However, many of the more reputable consultants belong to an organization called Independent Educational Consultants Association ( iecaonline.com). The advisers who make these guarantees imply that they have special connections with certain institutions. Very, very unlikely. Members of IECA have to meet competence and conduct requirements. None of our members would dare engage in such practices. The legitimate professionals in the field try to get the best possible from each student to have the best possible chance at admission. We also try to match the student with the college.