Undergraduate Services

6 STEPS TO A COMPETITIVE UNDERGRADUATE APPLICATION

UNDERGRADUATE END-TO-END SERVICE

Step 01: Profile Analysis

Our counsellors review your academic data points such as grade 9-11 internal marks and board exam scores, SAT/ACT scores and predicted grades for grade 12, as well as your extracurricular activities and personal goals. They identify your strengths and offer insights on what makes a successful application while guiding you on global application processes, requirements and timelines.

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Step 02: College and Programme Fit

Discover which undergraduate options around the world suit you best. Our counsellors help you find the best-fit institution, keeping in mind your goals, qualifications, curriculum interests, cultural preferences and finances.

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Step 03: Application Strategy

Our counsellors manage your entire application and help you develop a unique edge that makes you stand out. They guide you through all the application components, advising on early application strategies, how to use holidays/breaks productively, scholarships eligibility, deadlines and more.

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Step 04: Essay Support

Our counsellors brainstorm college essay ideas and help bring your unique voice and strengths to the forefront. They support unlimited drafts to help you present the best version of your story, guide your stylistic approach and forward your essays to other expert team members for review and feedback.

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Step 05: Video Essay & Interview Prep

By revisiting frequently asked questions, our counsellors provide guidelines, tips and feedback to ensure a confident and successful interview experience. Over two sessions, they provide real-time analysis so that you can put your best foot forward during the actual interview.

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Step 06: Choosing Between Acceptances

Once all your admits are in, our experts strategise to determine which college you should accept based on curriculum, location, culture, student population size, work placement opportunities, finances and more.

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TRACK RECORD

92% of applicants received offers to one of their top 3 choices
$20 Million+ in scholarships in the past 5 years
Applications to 25+ unique majors
Admits to 12+ countries

OUR TEAM

At The Red Pen, we take great pride in a dedicated team who are invested in finding the best-fit programmes for you.

ADMISSIONS

Our applicants have been admitted to:

US
Amherst College
Babson College
Berklee College of Music
Brown University
Caltech
Carnegie Mellon University
Claremont McKenna College
Colgate University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Duke University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Harvard University
Johns Hopkins University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New York University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Pomona College
Princeton University
Rice University
Stanford University
Swarthmore College
The University of Chicago
Tufts University
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Michigan
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of Southern California
Vanderbilt University

UK
City, University of London
Imperial College London
King’s College London
London School of Economics and Political Science
University of Cambridge
University of Oxford
University of St Andrews
University of Warwick

CANADA
Carleton University
McGill University
McMaster University
University of British Columbia
University of Toronto
University of Waterloo

EUROPE
Bocconi University, Italy
IE University, Spain
Saint Louis University, Spain
Sciences Po, France
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
TU Delft, Netherlands
University College Dublin, Ireland
University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Rest of the World
Ashoka University, India
Australian Institute of Music, Australia
Flame University, India
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
Krea University, India
National University of Singapore, Singapore
Singapore Management University, Singapore

OUR CANDIDATE PROFILES

OUR CANDIDATE PROFILES

Candidate From

India

School Curriculum

CBSE

Academic Interest

Physics

SAT/ACT Score

NA

Admitted to

University of Oxford, Imperial College London, Durham University, University of Manchester & University College London

Working with The Red Pen was an incredible and enlightening experience. Their professionalism and detailed insights into the admissions process, coupled with their encouraging and accomplished counsellors helped me draft an application that fetched unconditional offers from top UK universities within just a fortnight of submitting my application.

Candidate From

India

School Curriculum

ISC

Academic Interest

Economics

SAT/ACT Score

NA

Admitted to

New York University (ED II) & York University

Partnering with The Red Pen was certainly one of the best decisions. I approached The Red Pen for assistance with my daughter’s applications. A major part of the reason my daughter got into her dream university can be credited to the unparalleled support, guidance, encouragement and valuable insights that she garnered from her mentor & consultant. I appreciate their professionalism and commitment and would highly recommend partnering with The Red Pen in your journey to secure admission to your dream university.

Candidate From

India

School Curriculum

CBSE

Academic Interest

Computer Science/Physics

SAT/ACT Score

SAT: 1550

Admitted to

Northeastern University, Drexel University & Denison University

The Red Pen helped my son express himself in the best way possible through his essays and helped him find colleges where he would thrive. Even in the middle of the pandemic, when admissions to colleges abroad have become difficult, especially for a middle-class family, The Red Pen helped him secure admission to one of the US’ top liberal arts colleges with a substantial scholarship. I am very glad that I took their services and I highly recommend them.

Candidate From

India

School Curriculum

IBDP

Academic Interest

Geography

SAT/ACT Score

NA

Admitted to

University of Cambridge

We are grateful to The Red Pen for their professional and intuitive approach to my daughter’s interview with the University of Cambridge. It was her first interview in the college application process and the guidance and consistent feedback from the team helped us understand and embrace the process with confidence. The mock interviews served as solid training to understand the type of questions that would be asked, how to develop an extended response and work towards higher-order critical thinking skills.

Candidate From

India

School Curriculum

CBSE

Academic Interest

Social Sciences

SAT/ACT Score

NA

Admitted to

Ashoka University & Krea University

The Red Pen was very efficient in helping me narrow down colleges that I wanted to apply to. My counsellor and I would get on a call every week to discuss all aspects of my application which made things very smooth for me. She was always available to answer questions at any point. The team helped me a lot with my essays and interviews which made me feel very prepared and confident.

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Candidate From

Hong Kong

School Curriculum

A-levels

Academic Interest

Business

SAT/ACT Score

NA

Admitted to

Bryant University (EA), Loyola Marymount (ED II), Whittier College & Pace University

Throughout my undergraduate college process The Red Pen team has been nothing but supportive, encouraging and helpful. My mentors have done everything from suggesting colleges to perfecting each and every one of my essays, making sure that I am projecting the best version of myself to every college. I would highly recommend everyone use The Red Pen; put your trust in them and you will be sure to receive incredible outcomes just like I have!

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Candidate From

US

School Curriculum

Advanced Placements

Academic Interest

Engineering

SAT/ACT Score

ACT: 35

Admitted to

University of Pennsylvania

I exclusively used their essay editing service and working with their team of editors was extremely helpful in tightening my writing to better fit what the most competitive schools were looking for. All members of the team knew what works and doesn’t work. They were always available if I needed help and had a quick turnaround time for revisions. Ultimately, it worked out well as I was accepted to an Ivy League school. I would highly recommend their essay services.

Candidate From

Hong Kong

School Curriculum

American High School System

Academic Interest

Psychology

SAT/ACT Score

NA

Admitted to

Santa Clara University (EA), Hofstra University, Loyola Marymount University (EA), University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, University of Bath, University of Edinburgh, London South Bank University & Royal Holloway University

My experience working with The Red Pen was great. The team guided me through every aspect of the college admissions process. They were always ready to call, whether it was to discuss my options, my concerns with a college, basic research, my activities or my overall college form. Their guidance on what and how to write my activities sections was helpful and I believe helped me excel in my universities. The team was also extremely attentive to my essays.

Candidate From

US

School Curriculum

American High School System

Academic Interest

Computer Science/History/Pre-law

SAT/ACT Score

SAT: 1510

Admitted to

Smith College, Amherst College & University of Wisconsin, Madison

Working with The Red Pen made the college process not only more understandable and navigable but more enjoyable and fun (something you rarely hear in the same sentence as “college admissions”!) The Red Pen’s resources, knowledge, and information about colleges (student life, academics, research, webinars, demonstrated interest, etc) are a blessing and have continued to be useful to me even past the end of the process. In spite of the ~12 hour time difference, their team was always available to provide advice and feedback.

Candidate From

Singapore

School Curriculum

American High School System

Academic Interest

Mechanical Engineering/Aerospace

SAT/ACT Score

SAT: 1440

Admitted to

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Pennsylvania State University, McMaster University, University of British Columbia Vancouver & University of California, Santa Barbara

Having almost no time on my hands as I was working 90-hour weeks, applying to university was a huge challenge for me. Thankfully, The Red Pen provided me with a counselling team that was tailored specifically to me and enabled me to apply to almost all the universities that I wanted to go to. Their team of content specialists pushed me to write better essays than I thought I had the ability to. I quickly saw myself becoming more and more optimistic about my future.

Candidate From

US

School Curriculum

Texas Board, Advanced Placements

Academic Interest

Business

SAT/ACT Score

SAT: 1220

Admitted to

University of Houston (EA), University of Texas, Austin, Texas A&M University & University of California, Riverside

I am grateful that we approached The Red Pen for the undergraduate college applications for my daughter. Her lead consultant would talk to her weekly, taking updates on what she achieved and what she needed to do in the coming week. This kept my daughter motivated and connected in a professional setting. The Red Pen surely guided us and built a pathway in securing her admission to the university of her choice.