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

 

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....

Why Is a School Profile Crucial to Your Application?

For those of you who are looking to get a head start on your college applications, start by organising some generic documents. One such document is a school profile, which may be required by many colleges. Prepared and submitted by your school counsellor, or...

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…

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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

 

I heard about The Red Pen from family and friends. Working with them over the course of a year has been a remarkable journey, a journey from which, I was able to learn a lot. TRP has a personal touch, their complete attention on each student. They are very approachable and are always available to clear any questions that may arise. I believe their personalized service and attentiveness are their strengths.... Read More I recall spending several hours in their office, in the week before the December regular deadline, reviewing my applications and essays until I was completely satisfied. The team gave me detailed feedback when it came to choosing colleges and my essays, and helped me put forward the best possible application!


-Boston University, Class of 2021

Thank you TRP 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

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... Read More 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

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