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

Everything You Need to Know About Firm & Insurance Choices

Now that all your offers from UK colleges have come in, it’s time to decide which college you would you like to attend for your undergraduate degree. Unfortunately, you cannot accept all your offers. You will need to choose only two: a firm choice and an insurance...

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,...

Alumni Stories

Targeting the Right Colleges is Imperative

Targeting the Right Colleges is Imperative

Targeting the Right Colleges is Imperative

Rishika understood the importance of finding the right fit, thanks to which (and a lot of hard work), she got acceptances from six US universities and is excited about enrolling at Santa Clara University. From the beginning, Rishika was very clear about her goals–she wanted to apply for an undergraduate degree in business to universities in the US. Her challenge: high school

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From Student to Teacher: Your Passions Can Take You Far

From Student to Teacher: Your Passions Can Take You Far

From Student to Teacher: Your Passions Can Take You Far

Gaurav’s enthusiasm for math and science prompted him to join Pace Junior Science College’s Integrated Program after grade 10 as it offers students challenging courses and prepares them for India’s competitive entrance exams for subjects including engineering, science and medicine. When one of his teachers at Pace Institute offered Gaurav a chance to become a teaching assistant and give lectures to younger students, he grabbed this opportunity and has not looked back since. He soon realised that explaining mathematical concepts to others….

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In Pursuit of Intellectual Vitality and Taking Risks at Harvard!

In Pursuit of Intellectual Vitality and Taking Risks at Harvard!

In Pursuit of Intellectual Vitality and Taking Risks at Harvard!

Academic vitality is important for Parth, who started his freshman year in Fall 2016 at Harvard University. It was important for him to take intellectual risks and devote himself deeply to learning. It was in that spirit that he enrolled in courses such as Math 25, an honors course in Abstract Linear Algebra, in which he spent the majority of each week catching up with students who had a background in proof-based math, and devoted himself with equal rigour to classes outside of his major like, Music I: 1000 years of listening….

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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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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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  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?