UNDERGRADUATE

Holistic guidance to help undergraduate applicants explore their individuality and stand out in the competitive process.

Students in Class 11-12  &     Gap Year Students

The admissions process for undergraduate education can be complex and varies from country to country. The Red Pen provides end-to-end services for applicants – we help you develop an undergraduate admissions strategy, select destination(s) and programs, understand institutional requirements, costs, financial aid and conditions of offer and assist you with the preparation of application components and interviews.

We also provide standalone services for applicants who want help with specific aspects of their undergraduate applications.

See the colleges where our students have enrolled at over the years.

For families interested in applications to US universities: The company co-founders, Kavita Mehta and Dr. Kimberly Wright Dixit have written a book, Acing Admissions, a comprehensive guide on the US college admissions process with easy-to-understand information, anecdotes and templates that are helpful for Indian applicants.

Admissions strategy & application process

We help you understand the university culture and guide you through the
preparation of application components, submission and follow up.

  • Academic profile review
  • Resume review & editing
  • Educational goals focus and identification
  • Essay brainstorming, review & editing
  • College selection
  • Teacher and counsellor recommendation strategy
  • Diagnostic testing for ACT and SAT
  • Application form review
  • Financial aid advice
  • Interview preparation/Oxbridge interview training
  • Summer school programs
  • Sports recruitment support
  • College visit suggestions

Admissions Highlights 2017-18

700+ Applications

 

Diversity in Destinations

US | Canada | UK | The Netherlands | Spain | France | Singapore | HK | India | Australia

273 unique universities

Over 2000 essays reviewed

 

₹32 crores

in financial aid and scholarships awarded

25 students

received early application admits

From The blog

 

Should I Apply for a Business-Technology Degree?

In recent years, we have seen the employment landscape rapidly change. Today, more jobs are interdisciplinary, rather than focusing on a singular speciality. This is especially true in the technology space; as technology is being utilised and implemented in multiple...

How to Crack Multiple Mini-Interview in the UK

“I am a chain smoker. Convince me to stop smoking.” This could be one of the role-playing questions that you may get asked during your multiple mini-interviews (MMI) if you have applied for medicine, dentistry or other related undergraduate degree courses in the UK. A...

What Is Demonstrated Interest and How Do I Show It?

Colleges receive thousands of applications from students across the globe and admissions officers are always looking for the best and the brightest. Since admissions have become so competitive, students are looking for ways to enhance their application so that they...

Alumni Stories

A high school science major explores politics, philosophy and economics at university

A high school science major explores politics, philosophy and economics at university

A high school science major explores politics, philosophy and economics at university

The flexibility to try different things has allowed Keshav to pursue many interests during his freshman year at Northeastern University. Seeking a well-rounded college experience, Keshav, who had opted for sciences in high school, wanted to try something he had missed out on – social sciences and decided he would study Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) after landing in Boston. Northeastern, he discovered is a well-rounded university with good options and faculty across fields. However, while…

Read Full Story

Against all odds

Against all odds

Against all odds

To say that Samarth’s academic journey has been challenging is an understatement. He grew up in Pathankot, a small rural town in northern India where 24/7 electricity and Internet access is still a dream. A lack of both resources and finances prevented him from participating in science and technology enrichment activities. To all outward appearances, Samarth was limited by his circumstances. But the challenges did not deter Samarth from pursuing his passion for science and…

Read Full Story

Dancing to the beat of his own piano helped this mathlete find his fit

Dancing to the beat of his own piano helped this mathlete find his fit

Dancing to the beat of his own piano helped this mathlete find his fit

Music, especially playing the piano, has always helped Rahil connect with people. Growing up playing instruments, Rahil realized he was fortunate to have a family who supported his love of music. Many people around him were discouraged from pursuing music because of its lack of stability as a career choice or they were unable to follow their passion due to financial constraints. Rahil wanted to spread the joy music brought him; he decided to offer…

Read Full Story

Leveraging his love for STEM helped him solve contemporary problems

Leveraging his love for STEM helped him solve contemporary problems

Leveraging his love for STEM helped him solve contemporary problems

Shantanu loves science and technology, and believes that engineering is as much about imagining the future as it is about solving societal problems. This is reflected in the projects he has pursued over the last couple of years, and is also highlighted in his university applications. He learned Java and Python through online courses. His interest in electronics led him to develop a gesture-based controller for a Micro Aerial Vehicle (MAV) Shantanu created an inexpensive…

Read Full Story

Transitioning from ICSE to IBDP, a journey of adjustment, exploration and discoveries!

Transitioning from ICSE to IBDP, a journey of adjustment, exploration and discoveries!

Transitioning from ICSE to IBDP, a journey of adjustment, exploration and discoveries!

Devesh was among the top students at his ICSE school – strong in academics, he consistently ranked first among his peers. Transitioning to the IBDP in the 11th grade was an eye-opening experience for him. Devesh had moved out of his comfort zone, but he learned to adapt quickly. He got used to a new style of learning – very different from the rote method at his old school. He learned to appreciate the friendly, informal relationship…

Read Full Story

Building a strong network of support helps you achieve anything!

Building a strong network of support helps you achieve anything!

Building a strong network of support helps you achieve anything!

A citizen of Hong Kong, Gaurang went to Loomis Chaffee, a boarding school in the US, for most of his high school years. Admitted to Harvard, he is currently taking a gap year, working on a variety of interesting activities: Gaurang is completing a seven-month internship under the Head of Climate and Energy at WWF-Hong Kong, along with helping aspiring US boarding school students prepare for their interviews, learning Chinese, teaching debate in Beijing for…

Read Full Story

Testimonials

 

It is easy for a student to get lost with all the submissions and tests at school. Especially if you're an IB student, your mind is all over the place. In such a situation, you need someone like The Red Pen to guide you through the rigorous application process. A good university application has many small components that make you stand out and The Red Pen makes sure that you present your best version through your application. In my experience, the guidance counsellors were available to help 24*7 and happily answered the silliest of questions. I was told to rewrite my common application essay 5 times before both the team and I were satisfied with it. I am extremely satisfied with my application and I do not believe I would have been able to do it without The Red Pen.

-Boston University, Class of 2022

I would like to thank The Red Pen team for helping me get into The University of Kansas with a full scholarship. It seemed like an impossible task at first, but with expert advice from Caran, I was able to make this dream come true. I learned so much about myself throughout the application process and I truly feel the University of Kansas will be a great match for me. It feels amazing to have got into the Honors program with full financial aid!

-University of Kansas, Class of 2022

Thank you so much, couldn’t have done it without The Red Pen. I’ve finalised with WPI and they’re giving me 12,000 dollars scholarship per year! I chose TRP because I had really good reviews from friends and because I knew that I would get valuable advice from counsellors who have studied in the US; my lead counsellor, was a Harvard graduate. What I like about TRP is that they are very organized and help you plan each step of the application process, right from subject selection to shortlisting universities to setting deadlines to completing your application. They were extremely dedicated, making sure that my essays and other parts of my application reached a certain standard. I can definitely say TRP played a major role in helping me secure admission to my first choice university.

-Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Class of 2021

HOW CAN WE HELP?

Let us know your goals and help you execute on your vision for the future. Contact us for more information.
Get in touch