About Us

Raise the bar. Let our team of global education consultants help you access your best-fit institution.

About Us

Raise the bar. Let our team of global education consultants help you access your best-fit institution.

OUR STORY

We are an independent education consulting company that helps applicants plan their journey at the school, college or postgraduate level. Our founders, who grew up in the US, were struck by how differences in global education systems and cultural expectations led to knowledge gaps, confusion and misconceptions among students from all over the world. They founded The Red Pen to help applicants make informed choices about global education opportunities, while providing holistic guidance to navigate complex admissions processes.

Our Story | The Red Pen
Our Philosophy | The Red Pen

OUR PHILOSOPHY

At the heart of The Red Pen is our commitment to finding the ‘best-fit’ institution for every applicant. We are committed to helping our applicants and their families by first understanding their cultural background, financial plans, long-term goals, interests, academic performance and professional expertise.

OUR TEAM

Dr Kimberly Wright Dixit (PhD, Duke University and BA, University of California, Santa Barbara) and Namita Mehta (M.Biochem, University of Oxford) lead our 100+ member team. Our strong group of consultants come from diverse backgrounds and possess a wealth of experience from the US, UK, Canada, Europe and India. Their extensive knowledge of admissions processes, customised approach and collaborative efforts set The Red Pen apart.

GET IN TOUCH

Our Team | The Red Pen

Dr Kimberly Wright Dixit

CEO & CO-FOUNDER

Namita Mehta

PRESIDENT

Preeti Wadekar

MANAGER,
MBA
SERVICES

Tripti Singh

MANAGER,
POSTGRADUATE
SERVICES

Sheetal Vora

MANAGER, UNDERGRADUATE
SERVICES

Mehnaz Jaffer

MANAGER, UNDERGRADUATE SERVICES

Shikha Dhar

MANAGER, INSTITUTIONAL SERVICES

Aarti Anand

MANAGER, BOARDING SCHOOL SERVICES

Nainika Ajani

MANAGER, PRE-COLLEGE ADVISING SERVICES

Saurabh More

MANAGER, SERVICE OPERATIONS

PURAN PARSANI

CHIEF MARKETING
OFFICER

Our Promise | The Red Pen

OUR PROMISE

At The Red Pen, we know that integrity is essential to the admissions process. Our organisation and consultants are committed to the highest ethical standards and practice respectful behaviour in interactions with our clients, their families, international institutions, admissions officers and other stakeholders. Our consultants advise within the boundaries of their expertise. We accept payment only for work contracted and do not exchange payment with university admissions offices.

Our Commitment to Diversity

Our 100+ member team at The Red Pen, known for its vast knowledge of application processes and global education opportunities, come from all over the world. We have received accolades from platforms such as JobsForHer Top5 Companies in DivHersity (SMEs) and Top5 DivHersity Champions (SMEs/Startups) and have been invited to exclusive group discussions on Diversity and Inclusion on platforms like LinkedIn.

Our Commitment To Diversity | The Red Pen

OUR AFFILIATIONS

The Red Pen maintains membership in the industry’s leading organisations such as Int’ ACAC and AIGAC, which helps us stay up-to-date with the latest admissions trends, while ensuring that we meet industry standards. Apart from this, some team members are part of IECA and IC3 and attend annual conferences, which enables us to offer quality advice that aligns with global best practices.

Our Affiliation IACAC | The Red Pen
Our Affiliation IC3 | The Red Pen
Our Affiliation AIGAC | The Red Pen

TESTIMONIALS

GOOGLE REVIEWS

OVER 98% OF Applicants give the red pen 5 STARS.

Based on 564 reviews.
Ishika Gupta
Ishika Gupta
2022-07-11
The Red Pen helped me to get into one of my top colleges. From crafting a college list to essays my mentor helped with it all. I'm so thankful for the mentorship and guidance that I received. I was able to fully express myself in my essays thanks to the brainstorming of essays we did before I started writing them and the various edits!
Mohammed Adeeb
Mohammed Adeeb
2022-06-29
It was a very wonderful experience working with them. Prishma ma'am was of great help to me as I had the freedom to approach her at any time. I had no knowledge in the education system outside of India but Prishma ma'am and the team was able to guide me in all ways.
Urvashi Bajpai
Urvashi Bajpai
2022-06-24
The 45 min free consultation was enough to understand that The Red Pen is only interested in criticizing the candidate's profile, so that you get scared and think their services are absolutely necessary. Their rates are exorbitant and they seem super eager to send every candidate to Boston University. The consultant was grossly unprepared and had no clue about eligibility for 3 year ug degree holders, merit scholarships, universities for certain specialisations wrt. MBA programs and was more eager to show off that she had visited various campuses in the States. A completely indifferent approach but always ready to give unwarranted advice about random University courses that aren't even related to the profile or requirements.
VenkataKrishnan Ranganathan
VenkataKrishnan Ranganathan
2022-06-18
The colleagues at Red Pen are professional, articulate and always available! . They helped me describe my goals better. Their process started by giving me a broad list of universities and courses compatible with my profile, which really broadened my point of view as to what are all the courses out there, that’ll help me in reaching my goal. They then helped me narrow down the list based on my preferences. The team also helped me select the right set of experiences to write about and made sure that i articulated it. This process ultimately landed me the best possible admit from one of top 30 universities in the world.
Ananya Sachdev
Ananya Sachdev
2022-06-07
The Red Pen was very very helpful and supportive throughout the application process. The team was able to give me specific advice and guidance for the UK medicine application process, and their support was available at all points of the process. From college selection to interview preparation, the team is very thorough and prepared for all aspects of the application. We would like to thank Ms. Aarti Anand for the time and attention she has constantly given us, through the process. With the help of the whole team and their incredible network of mentors and counsellors, I have gotten admission at Imperial College London's Medicine program. Thank you to Aarti, Namita and the entire team at The Red Pen.
venky myuniflex
venky myuniflex
2022-06-06
Samarth Vora
Samarth Vora
2022-06-04
I was pleased with my experience with The Red Pen. The Red Pen team is committed and assisted me in making the most effective and authentic presentation of my profile through the applications. They provide great insight gathered from years of working with admissions offices and helped me find my own voice throughout the process. They also help develop a stronger application through their brainstorming sessions and essay reviews. Their counselors are absolute professionals and helped me approach my college application process strategically, smoothening it out by starting well in advance!
Sukeshi Vora
Sukeshi Vora
2022-06-04
Extremely professional and dedicated team of TRP counselors ! Extremely supportive and focussed approach towards student's profile building, skill enhancements, university selections and overall application process ! Timely guidance on all standardized testings, university application deadlines is commendable. Samarth's amazing university placement to Purdue Engineering Program wouldn't have been possible without Shikha Dhar's ( Personal TRP counselor to Samarth) support and focussed guidance throughout the university application process alongwith parallely challenging overwhelming pressure of 2 yrs of IBDP studies, standardized testings,research work and robotics competitions etc.She gels with child like both family and friend and makes child independent and confident by developing their self-research approach in University selections well in advance. Essay edit sessions with Nikhil were extremely beneficial.Series of webinars and career fairs organised by TRP throughout 2yrs. of counselling journey was extremely informative. We are extremely grateful to Namita Mehta and Kimberly Dixit for their unparalleled support and guidance throughout Samarth's application process!!! We highly recommend TRP's services to all in their university application journey due to their systematic and professional approach and dedicated support from starting to end!!! Once again heartfelt gratitude to entire TRP team! We owe you a lot!!!
Aanika Manghnani
Aanika Manghnani
2022-06-01
I used The Red Pen’s services to apply as a transfer student to US universities. I was extremely satisfied with my experience in that I felt wholly supported throughout the process right from program research to application construction and essay edits. I worked with Mr Arnav Sharma directly and really appreciated the fact that he was always extremely easily accessible to me and responded to questions very quickly. Essay feedback was also a process that was super extensive and genuinely helpful as opposed to superficial editing. I would 100% recommend this organisation and would use their services again without reservation!
Dev M
Dev M
2022-06-01
The Red Pen has been guiding me on my college application journey since the 8th grade. They first helped me choose my IGCSE subjects based on the career path that I was inclined towards and suggested summer programs and activities that helped me gain a better understanding of my field and build my resume. Well before the IB years, they helped me pick my subject choices along with an overall activity plan for the coming 2 years including guidance on SAT preparations. From grade 11, they guided me with college research, narrowing my college application list from ‘long’ to ‘short’ and finally to ‘applying’ based on various personal criteria, with the overall college application process through submission and finally helped me evaluate my acceptances and choose my final acceptance. Sanjana and Viji were very knowledgeable, easy to work with, supportive and readily accessible. Overall, they were a key resource that helped guide my educational and extra-curricular choices and made the college application process manageable, less stressful and successful for me. A heartfelt Thank You to the entire Red Pen team!