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COVID-19 Effects: Online Interviews at the University of Oxford

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Oxford has decided that it will not be conducting in-person admissions interviews this December. To keep up-to-date about the online interviews, click here.

Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter Program

Students who have completed the 10th or 11th grade by the start of summer classes can be part of UC Berkeley's excellence this summer. From the convenience of home, you can enrol in countless courses, offered virtually in real time or self-paced. Spanning six sessions, starting from May, study humanities, social sciences, ESL, STEM, and much more and earn college credit. For more information, click here.

Meet Admissions Officers from 7 Leading US Universities

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a lot of questions about the upcoming application cycle. Join this webinar with admissions officers from the Universities of Cincinnati, Delaware, Kansas, Kentucky and Tennessee Knoxville, along with Miami and Ohio University where they will talk about the value of a US degree, the UG application process and more. To register, click here.


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@The Red Pen @Updated April 5, 2017

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The team’s wholehearted engagement in the process helped me achieve phenomenal results – I was admitted to my dream university. I admire The Red Pen’s commitment and meticulous attention to detail and I’m certain that their guidance would prove invaluable to those who seek it.

Vanderbilt University, Class of 2021


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Acing Admissions

The definitive book on US college applications by our co-founders Kavita Mehta & Kimberly Dixit

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?