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Independent education consulting company, helping applicants plan their education at the school, university or postgraduate levels. Also assisting high schools to develop student-focused, scalable university counselling infrastructure.



It was wonderful working with The Red Pen. After the first two interactions and meetings, I was very happy at how they provided details pertaining to the relevant schools. The team did a great job of explaining the pros and cons and what schools would suit my son. The Red Pen helped on all fronts – with the application form, registration, personal statement, tests and interviews. The mentoring extended towards the personal statement and the interviews was particularly helpful as it gave a better insight on how and what to write in totality rather than giving a superficial explanation. The Red Pen team was very calm, patient and positive in their approach and extremely helpful in motivating my son. Namita was prompt, approachable and ready to provide her guidance whenever required. It was an excellent experience and I would definitely recommend The Red Pen for counselling services.

-Charterhouse School

Thank you TRP for guiding me through the entire process. The team was very accommodating – helping me brainstorm and stay on top of various tasks that needed to be completed throughout the process; patiently helping me work through my college choices in the UK and US, even as I changed my mind about where to apply Early Decision, and encouraging me to complete all the essays in spite of my slow writing skills without compromising on quality. I found it easy to work with the team and when I was in Hong Kong or the US we worked via email and zoom, which was very productive.

-Harvard University, Class of 2022

The Red Pen was extremely helpful in all matters relating to the application process. My lead consultant was especially helpful while I was deciding my college list, he helped me find colleges that would suit my personality and matched all my requirements. Along with my content specialist, he made sure my essays were also up to the mark while remaining true to me. The Red Pen team was always on call on and responded to all my doubts in a timely manner. I would like to thank them for helping me achieve my dreams.

-Vassar College, Class of 2023

Applying for education abroad can be complicated, and I am grateful I had the professionals at The Red Pen for guidance. From ironing out the kinks in my resume and determining suitable universities, to polishing my Statement of Purpose, the team helped me find a narrative that helped me stand out from other applicants. I would definitely recommend The Red Pen to other prospective students. Thank you so much!

University of Southern California, Class of 2021

My MBA application journey spanned 3 years and 11 applications (7 without TRP and 4 with TRP). I was only able to get up to the interview stage and could not convert any top schools in the first 2 years, despite having good work experience, a GMAT score of 750 and an undergrad brand (IIT Madras). Finally, thanks to TRP’s structured approach, a great lead consultant and dedicated teams for various components of the application, I got interviews with Wharton and LBS and eventually, an admit from LBS. Since LBS MBA was a re-application for me, TRP advised me on how to showcase the progress I have made since my last application. Another aspect that makes TRP unique is the approach of their lead consultants; they go beyond just editing and reviewing the essays we send. Garima was like my friend and mentor with whom I could bounce off any ideas pertaining to the interview or application process and take her inputs. Garima’s research on the interview format and the interviewer helped me to a great extent in preparing for my interview.
Thank you TRP!

-London Business School, Class of 2020


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The fundamental role of independent educational consultants is to help students explore college opportunities and find the right place for them to succeed academically and socially. IECs don’t get students admitted—they help students demonstrate why they deserve to be admitted at appropriately chosen schools. They help students find colleges they might not have heard of—often out of their region—and they help students put their best foot forward.

Here are 5 things families should consider when looking to hire an IEC:

  1. Does the IEC belong to a professional association such as IECA with established and rigorous standards for membership?
  2. Do not trust any offers of guaranteed admission to a school or a certain minimum dollar value in scholarships.
  3. Ensure that the IEC adheres to the ethical guidelines for private counseling established by IECA.
  4. Find an IEC that visits college, school, and program campuses and meets with admissions representatives regularly in order to keep up with new trends, academic changes and evolving campus cultures.
  5. Do they attend professional conferences or training workshops on a regular basis to keep up with regional and national trends and changes in the law?