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 2018-19

1000+ Applications

 

Diversity in applicant nationalities

INDIA | US | UK | SINGAPORE | MALAYSIA | HONG KONG | CHINA | BELGIUM | UAE

Over 3000+ essays reviewed

 

30 students

received early application admissions

₹40 CR+

in financial aid and scholarships awarded

From The blog

 

Demystifying an Art-Related Portfolio

Are you considering applying to an undergraduate programme in visual arts and feeling confused about the application process? Besides the usual requirements like the essays/personal statements, letters of recommendation, transcripts and the like, as an art student,...

Six Responsibilities of the School Counsellor

There are many components to coordinate when putting together each undergraduate college application. And while certain responsibilities fall on the applicant–writing essays and completing the application forms–there are some that are managed by the school counsellor....

Alumni Stories

Planning, Motivation and Hard Work; The Key to Achieving His Dreams!

Planning, Motivation and Hard Work; The Key to Achieving His Dreams!

Planning, Motivation and Hard Work; The Key to Achieving His Dreams!

Originally from the small town of Aligarh, Atif moved to Delhi with his father in the middle of high school. It was not easy to leave his mother and sister behind, but he knew the quality of education he would receive in Delhi would be significantly better. From an early age, he understood the value of a robust educational curriculum and the importance of extracurriculars. His interest in the STEM fields brought about participation in several Olympiads and science competitions. His passion for football led him to represent his district at several tournaments….

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Exploring Other Interests Helped him Realise his True Passion

Exploring Other Interests Helped him Realise his True Passion

Exploring Other Interests Helped him Realise his True Passion

Coming from a conventional family and performing well in science during his 10th-grade board exams led Ishaan to pursue engineering. With the help of advice from his family to “first do engineering then build on your interests”, he decided to enrol in the preparation program for the Joint Entrance Exam at PACE in Mumbai. After a year and a half, Ishaan made the decision to leave the engineering program; he felt that his routine had no creativity and he no longer enjoyed studying the subjects he once loved. During his break, he developed an interest…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Testimonials

 

The Red Pen was extremely helpful in all matters relating to the application process. My lead consultant was especially helpful while I was deciding my college list, he helped me find colleges that would suit my personality and matched all my requirements. Along with my content specialist, he made sure my essays were also up to the mark while remaining true to me. The Red Pen team was always on call on and responded to... Read More all my doubts in a timely manner. I would like to thank them for helping me achieve my dreams.


-Vassar College, Class of 2023

Balancing college applications and schoolwork as an art student can be a daunting task, especially in regards to working on a portfolio which matches the requirements of a range of different programs. On choosing which colleges to apply to, The Red Pen was tremendously beneficial in helping me formulate a timeline of when I should get my SAT attempts done, start working on my Common App essay and finalise... Read More my college portfolio so I always had a clear idea of what I needed to work on and where I was headed next. My counsellor was always enthusiastic to discuss potential ideas for college essays or to clarify any doubts that I or my mother might have had. The Red Pen made the college application process much less stress-inducing and much more exciting, as it should be!


-School of Art Institute of Chicago, Class of 2023

Thank you The Red Pen for guiding me through the entire process. The team was very accommodating – helping me brainstorm and stay on top of various tasks that needed to be completed throughout the process; patiently helping me work through my college choices in the UK and US, even as I changed my mind about where to apply Early Decision, and encouraging me to complete all the essays in spite of my slow writing skills... Read More without compromising on quality. I found it easy to work with the team and when I was in Hong Kong or the US we worked via email and zoom, which was very productive.


-Harvard University, Class of 2022

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