About us

Independent education consulting company, helping applicants plan their education at the school, university or postgraduate levels. We also assist high schools in developing student-focused, scalable university counselling infrastructure.

Our commitment to helping each applicant find their best fit is at the heart of The Red Pen. We believe that education is a source of empowerment and that going to the best school, college or professional program means going to the one that is best for you.



The company co-founders, Kavita Mehta and Kimberly Wright Dixit, grew up in the US and met in Mumbai. After helping several friends and families with their essays and applications, they were struck by the way differences in global education systems and cultural expectations led to knowledge gaps, misconceptions and confusion among Indian students. They established The Red Pen in 2011 to provide holistic guidance and empower applicants to make informed choices about studying abroad. Namita Mehta joined the company as a partner in 2015.



Kimberly Dixit

CEO & Co-Founder

PhD in Anthropology Duke University;
BA in Anthropology, UC Santa Barbara

Kim has nearly a decade of experience as an independent education consultant for undergraduate and MBA applicants. Through her regular Hindustan Times newspaper column, Kim offers study abroad advice to readers across India. In the past, she has taught undergraduate anthropology and writing courses at Duke University and taught at Stanford University as a postdoctoral teaching fellow in the humanities. In Mumbai, she has conducted courses in anthropology at St. Xavier’s College and writing workshops at the American Center. Originally from California’s Central Valley, Kim has also lived in San Francisco, New York and now calls Mumbai home.

Namita Mehta


Masters in Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry, University of Oxford;
A-Levels at Charterhouse Boarding School, UK

Namita led the University Guidance Counselling Department at B.D. Somani International School in Mumbai for over three years. As an in-house counsellor, she advised students on effective profile development, managed the international university application process, and developed relationships with university admissions offices. Namita also specializes in training applicants for the Oxford and Cambridge interview process. Namita currently resides in Mumbai, but past homes include Hong Kong, UK and Germany.

Kavita Mehta

Co-Founder & Strategic Advisor

MBA, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania;
BS in Business, Wake Forest University

Kavita has advised students and parents in the US, Singapore and India on MBA, undergraduate and school admissions for 15+ years. Prior to co-founding The Red Pen in 2011, she worked in investment banking with PaineWebber (acquired by UBS) on Wall Street, e-commerce with Yahoo! in Silicon Valley and digital media with GroupM (a division of WPP) in Singapore.

As a passionate believer in the power of technology to transform lives, Kavita has stepped away from a full time operating role at The Red Pen to focus on a passion project at the intersection of education, skills and technology.

9+ Fantastic Years!

70+ Team Members

6 Service Offerings

Early Advising
Boarding & Day School
Institutional Support

Consultants Based in 6 Global Locations

US, Canada, UK, Belgium, India, Nairobi

Membership & Affiliations


THE RED PEN TEAM – Experienced, International and Diverse

Consultants with diverse backgrounds, who possess a wealth of education, experience and knowledge of life in India and abroad, represent the company’s strong foundation.

An international team of 70 members representing 9 nationalities across 7 global locations, each of whom contribute diverse perspectives.

Team of consultants, who draw on their extensive educational background and industry experience to provide holistic guidance. The team’s educational qualifications include the world’s top institutions.

*Representative list of universities

Global Presence

Team of consultants, who draw on their extensive educational background and industry experience to provide holistic guidance. The team’s educational qualifications include the world’s top institutions.

*Representative list of universities

Highly Qualified Team Members

An international team of 50+ members representing 8 nationalities across 6 countries, each of whom contribute diverse perspectives.


Integrity is essential to the admissions process and The Red Pen is committed to high ethical standards.
Our organization and its consultants practice ethical and respectful behaviour in interactions with our clients, their families, international institutions, admissions officers and the public. Our consultants practice within the boundaries of their competence. We accept payment only for work contracted. We do not exchange payment with university admissions offices.

Professional Affiliations

We are affiliated with industry-leading organisations


Our partners offer high-quality services and products

Technology Affiliations

We use technology platforms to optimise our services



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!

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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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?