ACT and SAT becoming less relevant?

A small but growing list of colleges is de-emphasizing standardized tests in their admissions processes. What does this mean for new applicants? This article delves into how the ACT and the SAT might not become as relevant in the process moving forward.

saving money

A Simple Way to Bring Down College-Application Costs

Though we do not necessarily think about the cost of sending test scores to the colleges, this is indeed a huge burden on students we work with who need financial aid. This article talks about a simple way to help with this burden.
It's good news that colleges are starting to allow students to self report scores - you can save a lot of money!


Informational Session for Columbia, Yale and Penn

Columbia and Penn will be hosting programs in Bangalore (3 Oct), and Chennai (5 Oct). Yale University will also join us for events in New Delhi (9 Oct), and Mumbai (12 Oct and 13 Oct): Bangalore: Alliance Francaise de Bangalore (3 Oct)  - Columbia & Penn Chennai: American International School Chennai (5 Oct) – Columbia & Penn New Delhi: India Habitat Centre (9 Oct) – Columbia, Penn, & Yale Mumbai: Oberoi International School (12 Oct) – Columbia, Penn, & Yale Mumbai: BD Somani International School (13 Oct) – Columbia, Penn, & Yale Sessions are open to students throughout India and will include a brief overview of each university and information about the admission process. Registration is required, please click on the links above for more.


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2016-17 Undergraduate & MBA applicant successes!

Two students are about to take a leap towards the business field at @UCLA #desiretoachieve #UG
A student is keen to understand what it takes to be a successful businessman @Northeastern #onthatlearningcurve #UG
@usfca a student from India wants to learn the secret behind business success #corporatesuccess #UG
@seattleU a student from India is ready to learn, and enjoy the urban culture #settlinginseattle #UGprogress
A student wishes to learn more about business @SyracuseU, also known as orange nation #SUbound #UGinmotion
A student interested in economics is excited to attend @FandMcollege this year #co-educational #UGArts
@pitzercollege, a member of the clare mont colleges is happy to welcome a woman from India to be a part of their community #womenscollege #UGsuccessfulwomen
@SantaClaraUniv will now be in the process of developing an economist #culminatingincalifornia #UG
@UBC a student is keen to delve into the field of physics #getreadyforcanada #UGscience
@UofT a student is ready to learn physics as well as experience the weather in canada #enrouteontario #UGgrowing
@UofWaterloo a student is eager to go beyond theory to explore this relatively new place #physicspuns #UGlearning
@UCSanDiego a student from the east can’t wait to experience the west #californiaready #UGtravels
@UCDavis a student is ready to get rugged in the outdoor sports capital of America #mountainscalling #UGadventures
@harveymudd a student is to electrify the campus with his engineer smarts #enthusiasticengineers #UGonfire
One mumbaikar foodie can’t wait for @cwru to cleanse his pallet #foodovereverything #UGdiet
@urichmond a student is ecstatic to learn business in Virginia #brightbusinessmen #UGgrowth
@UCIrvine a student is ready to be a part of California and grow holistically #allrounder #UG
@bentleyu a student wants to learn business in the midst of Boston #busted #UG
@UWMadison a student is driven to become an engineer #engineerinthemaking #UGsuccess
@FordhamNYC a student is ready to research extensively #co-educationallearning #UGlearning
@pepperdine a student is keen to be a part of the suburban culture #malibubound #UGculture
@DavidsonCollege a student explores liberal arts in the north of Charlotte #davisonventures #UGachievements
@INSEAD After bringing his global approach to Indian sports, this applicant looks to bring this mindset to Fontainebleau #truelyglobal #acceptance #MBA  
@UCSanDiego five students are ready to take the science and engineering departments by storm. #Californiadreaming #UGlife
@wesleyan_u a student dives into the liberal arts culture #connecticutcalling #UGbegins
@ChicagoBooth Having worked in team-based settings, this applicant is now ready to challenge himself in an independent academic environment #R2acceptance #MBA
@Virginia_tech a student will voyage off to the east coast #feelingtechie #UG
@UCDavis five students pace themselves to engineer success #westcoastwayforward #UGsuccess
@UMich one student is Michigan bound for computer engineering #techsavy #UGsciencefreak
@OfficialUoM one student is getting ready to concoct the perfect remedies #pillsplease #UGmadness
@OxfordSBS the applicant was mesmerised by the tradition and history of the campus and can’t think a better place to spend the next two years #acceptance #MBA
@IndianaU an Indian applicant is excited to attend to learn more about the nitty gritties of a business #businessmaninthemaking #UG
@JHUCarey an acceptance is always more exciting if it offers a full ride #scholarship #madeit #MBA 
@RoseHulman a student is keen to specialise in STEM by attending #expertiseinSTEM #UG
@ChapmanU a student will make the most of the business courses offered #SouthernCalifornia #UG
@UBCComm welcomes a student to take a plunge in the commerce world. #curiousaboutcommerce #UG
@UniofNottingham a student from India is excited to study Pharmacy, after successfully completing the interview. #achieved #UG
@GSB someone who has always been passionate about helping the wider community is excited to be part of a school that shares this philosophy #interviewinvite #finalhurdle #MBA
@YaleSOM this applicant looks to share his extensive experience in the energy industry with the admissions team  #interviewtime #MBA
@LifeatPurdue a student will delve into the field of industrial engineering #STEM #UG
@LMUBusiness a student from India will learn more about the opportunities the business world offers #corporatelife #UG
@SDSU a student will be a part of the largest and oldest higher education institution in San Diego County #thelargerthelivelier #UG
@YaleSOM lessons from a failed project taught this applicant life skills he looks to share with his classmates #almostthere #readytointerview #MBA
@ArizonaStateU has been generous with a scholarship of $10,000 to a student from India #blessedwithagrant #UG
@BarryUniv a student will learn to apply maths in a more productive way #appliedmath #UG
@SUNYPlattsburgh a student from India will learn more about the magic of numbers #magicalmath #UG
@UBC a student from India is happy to be enrolled in the Sauder School of Business to learn more about the business world #enroutebusinessman #UG
@UChicagoLaw This applicant is ready for a challenging academic environment while being part of a collaborative community #LLM #PG
@StanfordGSB sometimes taking time off and reflecting on your experiences and past applications can prove to be a winner #reapplicant #readytointerview #MBA
@SetonHallU a freshman will learn more about the culture of the city, while exploring his own academic interests #historicnewjersey #UG
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The Red Pen team gave tremendous time and effort to my applications something I feel really distinguishes them from others. Stanford would not have been possible without their guidance! I started this journey with no idea about the things I needed to do for applying abroad. With The Red Pen’s help I was able to prepare a comprehensive timeline of activities and select colleges that would be a great fit for me, in the US and Singapore. Collaborating remotely with the team was never an issue.

When it came to writing the college essays, the team helped me brainstorm ideas and reviewed my drafts to ensure that I was communicating my experiences effectively. I found their team-based approach very useful, because I had the benefit of feedback from multiple consultants. I participated in mock interviews in preparation for meeting alumni from different universities. By the end, I was able to speak more confidently and articulate my thoughts in a more structured and purposeful manner.

Stanford University, Class of 2021


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