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98% of our clients give us a 5-star rating


About us

11 years of experience

We are an independent education consulting company that has been helping applicants plan their journey to their dream university for the past 11 years. At the heart of The Red Pen is our commitment to finding the ‘best-fit’ institution for every applicant.

Global Expertise

Our strong group of global consultants have over 70 years of collective experience and have graduated from leading institutions including Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia Business School, INSEAD, HEC Paris, The New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, IESE Business School and more.

Country specialists

We have dedicated country specialists with in-depth knowledge about leading business schools, their ethos, application requirements and processes in the US, UK, Canada, Europe, Singapore and more.

Member Associations

Our consultants are members of the industry’s leading organisations, such as Int’ ACAC and AIGAC. This ensures that we have access to admissions officers who help us by staying up-to-date with the latest admissions trends. This knowledge, in turn, passes to our applicants. In addition, our consultants are committed to the highest ethical standards. We advise within the boundaries of their expertise and do not exchange payments with university admissions offices.

Our services include


Understanding your academic strengths and weaknesses & identifying a successful application story.

College and Programme Fit

Shortlisting a group of dream, target and safety schools based on your goals.

Application strategy

Organising all the components of a successful application, including early application strategy, deadlines, scholarship eligibility and more.

Essay support

Brainstorming, editing and crafting essays to bring out your unique narrative.

Video Essay & Interview Prep

Recorded mock interview sessions with one-on-one feedback plus coaching on video essay requirements.

Choosing Between Acceptances

A review of your offers and guidance on making a final decision.


It was the best decision for me to work on my MBA applications with The Red Pen. The first few sessions with the team were intense, and they successfully revealed the gaps in my application. They also provided me with the required structure and guidance to articulate my thoughts meticulously. Each element of the application was covered thoroughly – setting goals, selecting universities, identifying critical life events and preparing for the interview. I am extremely impressed that The Red Pen’s structured yet fluid process helped me focus on the right elements and maintain a smooth story.

Cornell University | Class of 2023

The Red Pen is extremely sought after, professional and highly skilled at what they do. They not only helped me get into my dream school but also improved my thought process, making it clearer and more objective. Plus, they assisted me with my essays and even helped me prepare for my interviews, which allowed me to stand out from the crowd. I recommend them to anyone who seeks admission to a competitive business school.

Babson | Class of 2024

The Red Pen is the reason I secured an MBA admit at my dream business school, LBS. The entire team pushed me to explore my own story and helped me envision my experiences in a different light. The MBA application process can be quite emotionally draining and frustrating. However, The Red Pen always encouraged and motivated me to push on. The larger team of consultants examined each of my essays from the admissions committees’ viewpoint, which allowed me to see how others perceived my story. All-in-all, I felt as though I was in the best hands in the industry and would recommend The Red Pen’s services to anyone looking to apply.

London Business School | Class of 2024

If you’re planning to apply for your MBA, I suggest choosing The Red Pen to help you. They have a very collaborative approach, with different team members working on various facets of the application. I applied to four colleges and got three interview invites, two admit offers, one waitlist decision and a scholarship. My journey with them started in December, and I barely had a month before R2 deadlines. Moreover, my GRE score was also on the lower side. However, they helped me prepare a winning application, gave me valuable insights and assisted me in articulating and refining my career goals. I would definitely recommend signing up with The Red Pen so that they can work their magic on your application and help you get into the school of your choice!

Babson | Class of 2024

I worked with The Red Pen for my applications, resume and interview preparation and found them to be super helpful, even though I started my process roughly two months before the deadline. They customised their approach to suit my requirements while also accommodating my work schedule. The process was efficient and didn’t involve more than 4-5 iterations, which I appreciated the most. I would 100% recommend The Red Pen’s services!

INSEAD | Class of 2023

I was very fortunate to be mentored by The Red Pen. The process was very smooth, from resume building, school selection, STAR stories, essays, recommendation advisory, and interview preparation. The team designed their approach according to my preferred method of working and gave me invaluable insights at every juncture of the process. Their consultants are world-class and the management is very professional and invested in their client’s success. I would recommend The Red Pen to anyone starting their MBA admission journey.

Ross School of Business | Class of 2024

My experience working with The Red Pen for R2 applications was fantastic. They have a team of experts who work with you on different aspects of your application rather than the one person assisting you with all your essays, resumes, and LORs. My lead consultant was crucial in bringing out the best in me. She made me introspect a lot and was influential in crafting my story, which included various different aspects of my life. Overall, the team was always supportive and made sure to do everything they could to get the best out of me. I’d certainly recommend working with them!

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania | Class of 2024

A big thank you to The Red Pen for helping me get into my dream business school. Safe to say, it would not have been possible without them. I had some gaps in my application that the team thought through, bridged and made up for through my essays. They were also very easy to work with and extremely approachable, which was the most important factor for me. I have worked with and spoken to other consultants in the past and believe the depth of experience The Red Pen team has is unmatched. I would definitely give the whole experience 5 stars!

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania | Class of 2024

I signed up with The Red Pen for assistance with my business school applications. The team took the time to dive into my personal experiences and ensured that my essays were unique. The mock interview preparation was very similar to my actual interview, ensuring that I was well prepared. Moreover, their feedback on my LORs and resume was to the point, detailed, and catered to my profile.

Columbia Business School | Class of 2024

I was a bit late for Round 1 and appeared for my GMAT seven weeks before the 1st application deadline. I heard about The Red Pen from one of my seniors, and I must say the process is so structured that I was able to apply to 5 schools and receive admits to Kellogg and Ross. The best part is that you have multiple people working on your application, with each person’s forte being a part of your application. We had a WhatsApp group with everyone on it and I would always get prompt replies to my doubts/queries/concerns. They even picked up my calls at random hours and supported me throughout my application. Plus, they helped me craft a compelling narrative for my application that helped me get four interviews (converted 2, waitlisted 1)! Lastly, I would want to clarify that the above doesn’t mean they will write the content of your application for you. This doesn’t happen. You’ll still have to put in the effort as an applicant. But if you are willing to do so, I am confident The Red Pen will get you into your dream school.

Kellogg School of Management | Class of 2024

After going through many reviews/websites for MBA admissions consulting, I chose The Red Pen, given their thorough and holistic approach to applications. From the beginning, my consultant pushed me to fine-tune my story and portray the best and most authentic version of myself to the admissions committee. The whole detailed oriented essay process greatly helped develop a storyline, which allowed me to ace my interview. Working on my applications with The Red Pen has been an amazing learning experience, and I would strongly suggest you choose them for your business school journey.

Indian School of Business | Class of 2023

Having worked with 10+ consultants, The Red Pen made me feel good about my chances of admission while setting the right expectations. After running through their highly structured process involving multiple reviews, I was increasingly optimistic about my chances. Since my geography and industry targets were very narrow, the team paired me up with a consultant who had an MBA from my target school and a post MBA career similar to what I had in mind. My lead consultant and content specialist were terrific throughout the process, helping me set the right expectations and encouraging me when I needed it the most. Their quick responses and well-structured thought processes allowed me to arrive at my final essays within four iterations. Plus, they were highly flexible to accommodate any requests, however late into the process. After being admitted to Oxford and Cambridge, I would definitely recommend The Red Pen for their highly-valued MBA admissions consulting services.

University of Cambridge Judge Business School | Class of 2024

I would highly recommend The Red Pen as an MBA admissions consultant and coach. They played a pivotal role in helping me secure a place at Chicago Booth. Before deep-diving into my essays, the team spent almost 2-3 weeks brainstorming and crafting my stories. My lead consultant worked backwards and highlighted all my relevant skill sets via compelling storytelling in my essays and connected them to long-term goals that were ambitious yet achievable.

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business | Class of 2021

I had a great experience working with The Red Pen for my MBA applications! Initially, I was quite confused about what I wanted from the MBA. However, the team provided immense guidance and structure to my journey – to the point where I could clearly articulate my goals and career progression. Their meticulous essay edits forced me to narrow my focus and bring out the best insights from my professional and academic experience. Refining my career goals and going through multiple rounds of feedback was certainly challenging, but The Red Pen really knows what they’re doing. Having secured offers from 2 top MBA programs, I strongly recommend their services to anyone looking to start or improve their applications. Thank you again to the team for their amazing support during the whole process!

Rotman School of Management | Class of 2024