UNDERGRADUATE

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

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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 2017-18

700+ Applications

 

Diversity in Destinations

US | Canada | UK | The Netherlands | Spain | France | Singapore | HK | India | Australia

273 unique universities

Over 2000 essays reviewed

 

₹32 crores

in financial aid and scholarships awarded

25 students

received early application admits

From The blog

 

Your guide to UCAS Clearing and Adjustment

Did you not meet your conditional requirements for both your firm and insurance colleges? Don’t panic just yet! You still have some options available thanks to UCAS Clearing. Read on to find out how you can take advantage of this opportunity and find a place at...

What not to do when writing your UCAS personal statement

4,000 characters and 47 lines. That’s it. That’s how much space the UCAS personal statement gives you to impress admissions tutors. This is where you tell them what you are passionate about studying and why, describe your ambitions, skills and experience and connect...

Letters of recommendation: Do not leave them for the last minute

Part 3 of a 4-part series For students who are applying to the US for their undergraduate studies, Letters of Recommendation (LORs) form an important part of the application process. Typically, schools ask for three LORs, so make sure you spend ample time thinking...

Alumni Stories

A productive gap year and Early Decision application helped him find his fit!

A productive gap year and Early Decision application helped him find his fit!

A productive gap year and Early Decision application helped him find his fit!

The first time Kunal applied to US colleges he was offered admission at many universities, but he couldn’t go because financial aid was essential and the universities he applied to did not offer need-based aid; so he decided to take a gap year. Kunal refers to the gap year as a year of ‘enlightenment’ because he feels he grew intellectually, socially, and emotionally. He drew up a plan to utilize his gap year and improve…

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Dancing to the beat of his own piano helped this mathlete find his fit

Dancing to the beat of his own piano helped this mathlete find his fit

Dancing to the beat of his own piano helped this mathlete find his fit

Music, especially playing the piano, has always helped Rahil Vaknalli connect with people. Growing up playing instruments, Rahil realized he was fortunate to have a family who supported his love of music. Many people around him were discouraged from pursuing music because of its lack of stability as a career choice or they were unable to follow their passion due to financial constraints. Rahil wanted to spread the joy music brought him; he decided to…

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Leveraging his love for STEM helped him solve contemporary problems

Leveraging his love for STEM helped him solve contemporary problems

Leveraging his love for STEM helped him solve contemporary problems

Shantanu loves science and technology, and believes that engineering is as much about imagining the future as it is about solving societal problems. This is reflected in the projects he has pursued over the last couple of years, and is also highlighted in his university applications. He learned Java and Python through online courses. His interest in electronics led him to develop a gesture-based controller for a Micro Aerial Vehicle (MAV). Shantanu created an inexpensive…

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For a future computer scientist, it all adds up

For a future computer scientist, it all adds up

For a future computer scientist, it all adds up

When Varin started his application journey, he had no idea what he needed to prepare for studying abroad. He approached The Red Pen determined to apply to some of the most competitive schools abroad. We helped him prepare a comprehensive timeline of activities and select colleges that would be a great fit for him in the US and Singapore. Varin had a lot to do, but he was passionate and focused on the things that…

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Building a strong network of support helps you achieve anything!

Building a strong network of support helps you achieve anything!

Building a strong network of support helps you achieve anything!

A citizen of Hong Kong, Gaurang went to Loomis Chaffee, a boarding school in the US, for most of his high school years. Admitted to Harvard, he is currently taking a gap year, working on a variety of interesting activities: Gaurang is completing a seven-month internship under the Head of Climate and Energy at WWF-Hong Kong, along with helping aspiring US boarding school students prepare for their interviews, learning Chinese, teaching debate in Beijing for…

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Testimonials

 

I heard about The Red Pen from family and friends. Working with them over the course of a year has been a remarkable journey, a journey from which, I was able to learn a lot. TRP has a personal touch, their complete attention on each student. They are very approachable and are always available to clear any questions that may arise. I believe their personalized service and attentiveness are their strengths. I recall spending several hours in their office, in the week before the December regular deadline, reviewing my applications and essays until I was completely satisfied. The team gave me detailed feedback when it came to choosing colleges and my essays, and helped me put forward the best possible application!

-Boston University, Class of 2021

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

Thank you so much, couldn’t have done it without The Red Pen. I’ve finalised with WPI and they’re giving me 12,000 dollars scholarship per year! I chose TRP because I had really good reviews from friends and because I knew that I would get valuable advice from counsellors who have studied in the US; my lead counsellor, was a Harvard graduate. What I like about TRP is that they are very organized and help you plan each step of the application process, right from subject selection to shortlisting universities to setting deadlines to completing your application. They were extremely dedicated, making sure that my essays and other parts of my application reached a certain standard. I can definitely say TRP played a major role in helping me secure admission to my first choice university.

-Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Class of 2021

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