Independent Education
Consultants

Help applicants pursue
study abroad aspirations

Customised,
team-based approach

Strive to find an institution
of best fit

Independent Education
Consultants

Help applicants pursue
study abroad aspirations

Customised,
team-based approach

Strive to find an institution
of best fit

WHO WE ARE

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.

Testimonials

 

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. They were prompt, approachable and ready to provide guidance whenever required. It was an excellent experience and I would definitely recommend The Red Pen for counselling services.

-Charterhouse School

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. 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 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

The Red Pen really helped me push the bar for my essays. They were critical in their feedback and were very clear in articulating the implications of certain SOP topics and how they would impact my overall application. The team helped me troubleshoot all my problems within a matter of hours. I could have never imagined getting into all the colleges I applied and I am super excited to attend Columbia University.

-Columbia University Class of 2020

Although I was very nervous when I started my MBA application process, The Red Pen’s approach gave me the confidence to articulate my feelings and produce a successful application. Having an experienced lead consultant ready to guide me at different points in the process was instrumental in ensuring that every detail was thought through, that my experiences were well integrated, and my overall story was highlighted. The end-to-end support, from brainstorming at the beginning all the way up to the final interview, was a great source of comfort in the midst of tight timelines.

-Harvard Business School, Class of 2021

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ACING ADMISSIONS

 

Acing Admissions can help students and their families answer important questions about education in the US…

  • What are the types of colleges and courses offered in the US?
  • How do I choose a school or board in India?
  • Why are essays and recommendation letters important?
  • How much does it cost? Is it possible to get financial aid?
  • Is it better to submit my application before December 31st?

This book is a definitive guide to US undergraduate college admissions, whether you are preparing as early as class 8 or you are in class 12 facing applications deadlines within months.

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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?