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

How to Write an Undergraduate Personal Statement – Part 2

How to Write an Undergraduate Personal Statement – Part 2

2nd in a 2-part series about personal statements The personal statement is one of the most crucial parts of your undergraduate application to UK colleges. This 4000 character document enables the admissions team to gain a deeper understanding of who you are as a...

How to Write an Undergraduate Personal Statement – Part 1

How to Write an Undergraduate Personal Statement – Part 1

1st in a 2-part series about personal statements Students who are applying for an undergraduate degree in the UK do so through a centralised portal called Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). In addition to academic transcripts for grade 11, predicted...

How to Deal With the COVID-19 Essay Question on the Common Application

How to Deal With the COVID-19 Essay Question on the Common Application

The current pandemic has affected the lives of students all over the world. As a prospective applicant, you may have had to deal with some unprecedented circumstances, which could significantly impact your college application. But where do you provide the details...

Alumni Stories

Adapting to Change Opens up New Opportunities!

Adapting to Change Opens up New Opportunities!

Adapting to Change Opens up New Opportunities!

As a child of doctors who were eager to combat widespread health issues in the ill-serviced region of Atraulia, Uttar Pradesh, Shreyansh was exposed to the many challenges facing rural India. When the limitations of surroundings began to impact his educational opportunities, Shreyansh moved to Dehradun. Learning to adapt to life without his parents but supported by other family members proved to be a welcomed challenge. Transition soon became the watchword of his life, when he was admitted to the Doon School

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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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Testimonials

I am extremely grateful to The Red Pen. Not only did they help me with my college applications, but also because of the insights their questions and prompts gave me about myself. They were, of course, wonderful mentors throughout the application process and were able to recognise things that I may want to highlight about myself in my application that otherwise, I would not have even considered. ... Read More My team of consultants never let me feel neglected or disappointed in any way and were completely focused on helping me make my application a truer reflection of myself.


-Ashoka University, Class of 2023

Between the rigorous pressure of the IBDP curriculum and participating in extracurricular activities, I initially found the application process difficult to cope with as there were so many aspects that needed my focus. That is where The Red Pen came in. Not only did they guide me through the entire process but also gave me advice specific to my passion and goals.... Read More They helped me find my voice through my essays which authentically told my story – something I wouldn’t have been able to figure on my own. The team was always available for me at all times and extremely efficient.


-University of Toronto, Class of 2025

From the very beginning, The Red Pen listened to my opinions and provided consistent support, something that was crucial to my common application essay and helped demystify the entire college application process. Beyond this, they also gave me different options to further my extracurricular activities. It has been an absolute pleasure working with The Red Pen as they helped me get admitted into my top colleges!


-University of California, Berkeley, Class of 2023

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The fundamental role of independent educational consultants is to help students explore college opportunities and find the right place for them to succeed academically and socially. IECs don’t get students admitted—they help students demonstrate why they deserve to be admitted at appropriately chosen schools. They help students find colleges they might not have heard of—often out of their region—and they help students put their best foot forward.

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  1. Does the IEC belong to a professional association such as IECA with established and rigorous standards for membership?
  2. Do not trust any offers of guaranteed admission to a school or a certain minimum dollar value in scholarships.
  3. Ensure that the IEC adheres to the ethical guidelines for private counseling established by IECA.
  4. Find an IEC that visits college, school, and program campuses and meets with admissions representatives regularly in order to keep up with new trends, academic changes and evolving campus cultures.
  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?