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.
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.
Dr Kimberly Wright Dixit (PhD, Duke University and BA, University of California, Santa Barbara) and Namita Mehta (M.Biochem, University of Oxford) lead our 70+ 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.
OUR TEAM OF OVER 70 EMPLOYEES HAVE EDUCATION QUALIFICATIONS FROM THE WORLD’S TOP INSTITUTIONS
- Columbia University
- University of Pennsylvania
- Cornell University
- Stanford University
- Duke University
- California Institute of Technology
- Carnegie Mellon University
- Grinnell College
- University of California, Los Angeles
- New York University
- The George Washington University
- Mount Holyoke College
- Emory University
- University of California, Santa Barbara
- Indiana University Bloomington
- Bryant University
- University of Massachusetts Boston
- Denison University
- Trinity College
- Chapman University
- Adelphi University
- Ashland University
- College of Charleston
- Bentley University
- University of Oxford
- University of Cambridge
- London School of Economics and Political Science
- University of Warwick
- City, University of London
- University of Manchester
- Lancaster University
- BPP Law School
- Coventry University
- Loughborough University
- HEC Paris
- TU Darmstadt
- IESE Business School
- Indian School of Business
- IIT Roorkee
- IIT Guwahati
- University of Delhi
- University of Mumbai
- Institute of Management Studies (IMS)
- Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies
- Institute of Management Technology, Nagpur
- Amity University
- Punjab University
- University of Calcutta
- University of Madras
- Mangalore University
- NIT Hamirpur
- Management Development Institute
- SNDT Women’s University
- Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University
- Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research
- Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra
- Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani – Goa
- Devi Ahilya University
- Indira Gandhi National Open University
- Jai Narain Vyas University
- University of Adelaide
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 70+ 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.
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.
PhD in Anthropology, Duke University;
BA in Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara
Kim has over a decade of experience as an independent education consultant. Her belief, that there is a perfect college out there for every student, guides the ethos and culture at The Red Pen. She has formerly taught anthropology and writing courses at Duke University, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and Stanford University. Originally from California’s Central Valley, Kim has also lived in San Francisco, New York and now calls Mumbai home.
Kim’s area of expertise is advisory services for boarding school, undergraduate and MBA applicants aspiring to study in the US, UK and Canada. She guides them on admissions strategy and application components using a structured yet flexible client-centric approach to help define and achieve personal success. She is a member of the International Association of College Admission Counseling (Int’ ACAC), Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC) and a professional member of the Independent Education Consultants Association (IECA).
Kim has co-authored the book Acing Admissions: The International Student’s Comprehensive Guide to U.S. College Admissions, the second version published in 2020. She has also been a featured writer for ET Panache, Hindustan Times, Mumbai Mirror, HT Brunch, The Mint, Indian Express and more.
If Kim weren’t an academic counsellor, she would be …
a social worker or humanitarian aid worker.
If she could invent a major, it would be …
Human Connections (an interdisciplinary subject between history, literature, psychology, anthropology).
If Kim wrote her autobiography, it would be titled …
Lessons on Blooming Where You’re Planted
M.Biochem in Biochemistry, University of Oxford;
Namita established and led the University Guidance Counseling Department at B.D. Somani International School, Mumbai. At The Red Pen, Namita assists students in planning their educational journey, while also building a talented team and evaluating quality partners to expand our reach for students. She also specialises in training applicants for the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge interview process. Namita currently resides in Mumbai and has lived in Hong Kong, the UK and Germany.
Namita believes education creates impactful change and global citizens who appreciate different cultures. While she works with plenty of Ivy League and Oxbridge admits, her goal is to guide students to find their best-fit institution so that they are happy, thrive and achieve their long-term goals.
As a thought leader, Namita has spoken on several panels, including those organised by HSBC, Ashoka University, O.P. Jindal Global University, International Career & College Counselling (IC3) Network and more. She shares her expertise through a column in the Mid-Day and has been a featured writer for ET Panache, Hindustan Times, The Mint, Mumbai Mirror, HT Brunch, Indian Express, The Tribune, Businessworld and others.
If Namita wasn’t an academic counsellor, she would be …
a biochemist, discovering the cure for COVID-19!
Namita thinks college is for …
growing, learning and forging lifelong friendships.
Namita would like to save the world by …
impacting education policy, such that the future of the country cares about the environment, is less selfish and has an increased civic sense.