UNDERGRADUATE

Holistic guidance to help undergraduate applicants explore their individuality and stand out in the competitive process.

Students in Class 11-12  &     Gap Year Students

The admissions process for undergraduate education can be complex and varies from country to country. The Red Pen provides end-to-end services for applicants – we help you develop an undergraduate admissions strategy, select destination(s) and programs, understand institutional requirements, costs, financial aid and conditions of offer and assist you with the preparation of application components and interviews.

We also provide standalone services for applicants who want help with specific aspects of their undergraduate applications.

See the colleges where our students have enrolled at over the years.

For families interested in applications to US universities: The company co-founders, Kavita Mehta and Dr. Kimberly Wright Dixit have written a book, Acing Admissions, a comprehensive guide on the US college admissions process with easy-to-understand information, anecdotes and templates that are helpful for Indian applicants.

Admissions strategy & application process

We help you understand the university culture and guide you through the
preparation of application components, submission and follow up.

  • Academic profile review
  • Resume review & editing
  • Educational goals focus and identification
  • Essay brainstorming, review & editing
  • College selection
  • Teacher and counsellor recommendation strategy
  • Diagnostic testing for ACT and SAT
  • Application form review
  • Financial aid advice
  • Interview preparation/Oxbridge interview training
  • Summer school programs
  • Sports recruitment support
  • College visit suggestions

Admissions Highlights 2018-19

1000+ Applications

Diversity in applicant nationalities

INDIA | US | UK | SINGAPORE | MALAYSIA | HONG KONG | CHINA | BELGIUM | UAE

Over 3000+ essays reviewed

30 students

received early application admissions

₹40 CR+

in financial aid and scholarships awarded

From The blog

Common Application Essay Tips Part 2 – Nailing the Style

Common Application Essay Tips Part 2 – Nailing the Style

Part 2 in 2-part series In part 1 of this series, we spoke about some ideas that will help you ‘humanise’ yourself and stand out with an offbeat essay topic. Part 2 gives you some tips on how to craft your writing style so that you grab the admissions officer’s (AO)...

Common Application Essay Tips Part 1 – Unearthing the Topic

Common Application Essay Tips Part 1 – Unearthing the Topic

Part 1 in a 2-part series In a sea of applications, with every student wanting to stand out as the perfect candidate, the offbeat essay topic is often going to be a more compelling read to admissions officers (AOs). AOs read thousands of applications about social...

COVID-19 Effects: What Will Change for 2020-2021 UG Admissions?

COVID-19 Effects: What Will Change for 2020-2021 UG Admissions?

The coronavirus pandemic has severely disrupted students’ schedules and plans, especially those looking to apply in the upcoming undergraduate admissions cycle. Students are left wondering how it will pan out, what alternatives exist to learn about colleges and the...

Alumni Stories

Adapting to Change Opens up New Opportunities!

Adapting to Change Opens up New Opportunities!

Adapting to Change Opens up New Opportunities!

As a child of doctors who were eager to combat widespread health issues in the ill-serviced region of Atraulia, Uttar Pradesh, Shreyansh was exposed to the many challenges facing rural India. When the limitations of surroundings began to impact his educational opportunities, Shreyansh moved to Dehradun. Learning to adapt to life without his parents but supported by other family members proved to be a welcomed challenge. Transition soon became the watchword of his life, when he was admitted to the Doon School

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Targeting the Right Colleges is Imperative

Targeting the Right Colleges is Imperative

Targeting the Right Colleges is Imperative

Rishika understood the importance of finding the right fit, thanks to which (and a lot of hard work), she got acceptances from six US universities and is excited about enrolling at Santa Clara University. From the beginning, Rishika was very clear about her goals–she wanted to apply for an undergraduate degree in business to universities in the US. Her challenge: high school

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From Student to Teacher: Your Passions Can Take You Far

From Student to Teacher: Your Passions Can Take You Far

From Student to Teacher: Your Passions Can Take You Far

Gaurav’s enthusiasm for math and science prompted him to join Pace Junior Science College’s Integrated Program after grade 10 as it offers students challenging courses and prepares them for India’s competitive entrance exams for subjects including engineering, science and medicine. When one of his teachers at Pace Institute offered Gaurav a chance to become a teaching assistant and give lectures to younger students, he grabbed this opportunity and has not looked back since. He soon realised that explaining mathematical concepts to others….

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In Pursuit of Intellectual Vitality and Taking Risks at Harvard!

In Pursuit of Intellectual Vitality and Taking Risks at Harvard!

In Pursuit of Intellectual Vitality and Taking Risks at Harvard!

Academic vitality is important for Parth, who started his freshman year in Fall 2016 at Harvard University. It was important for him to take intellectual risks and devote himself deeply to learning. It was in that spirit that he enrolled in courses such as Math 25, an honors course in Abstract Linear Algebra, in which he spent the majority of each week catching up with students who had a background in proof-based math, and devoted himself with equal rigour to classes outside of his major like, Music I: 1000 years of listening….

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Planning, Motivation and Hard Work; The Key to Achieving His Dreams!

Planning, Motivation and Hard Work; The Key to Achieving His Dreams!

Planning, Motivation and Hard Work; The Key to Achieving His Dreams!

Originally from the small town of Aligarh, Atif moved to Delhi with his father in the middle of high school. It was not easy to leave his mother and sister behind, but he knew the quality of education he would receive in Delhi would be significantly better. From an early age, he understood the value of a robust educational curriculum and the importance of extracurriculars. His interest in the STEM fields brought about participation in several Olympiads and science competitions. His passion for football led him to represent his district at several tournaments….

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Testimonials

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... Read More all my doubts in a timely manner. I would like to thank them for helping me achieve my dreams.


-Vassar College, Class of 2023

Between the hectic schedules of senior year and the IB curriculum itself, I found myself not knowing how much to focus on college applications versus my schoolwork. This is where The Red Pen came in, words cannot describe the gratitude I feel towards the entire team. Not only did they patiently provide feedback on my endless drafts of essays, but they also ensured my voice was maintained in every edit. ... Read More The research we conducted together ultimately meant that each college on my final list ticked every box I had (and there were a lot of boxes). Even switching of majors halfway through the process didn't derail my progress. Thanks to The Red Pen, I was able to get into all five of the universities I applied to, without compromising my academics, or extracurriculars! I am grateful for their endless patience, guidance, and support. I sing their praises everywhere – if you need guidance for your applications The Red Pen is truly the only place to go.


-Cass Business School, Class of 2022

The college application process can be daunting, but thanks to the assistance I got from The Red Pen, I think I was able to successfully decode this process. Decoding the university-specific questions or deciding the focus of your common app essay is not an easy task, but the lengthy discussions with my consultant, along with the brainstorming sessions, really helped me understand what aspect of my journey... Read More would appeal most to admissions committees. Overall, I had an excellent experience working with The Red Pen.


-University of Southern California, Class of 2023

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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?