Irena Smith, Ph.D.

College Admissions Consulting

Irena is based in Palo Alto, CA and provides private college admissions consulting to students throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, across the United States, and around the world.

About Irena

Irena's academic and professional background is uniquely suited to provide her students with the highest level of individualized college counseling.

Irena graduated from UCLA summa cum laude with a B.A. in English and went on to obtain a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, also at UCLA, where she received a Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award and a Dissertation Year Fellowship.

Irena has taught literature and composition at the undergraduate and graduate level at Stanford University, UCLA, and Notre Dame de Namur University and has over ten years of experience as a writer, editor, and translator. Her writing has appeared in The Henry James ReviewPacific Coast Philology, and Mama, Ph.D. During her four years as an admissions officer at Stanford University, she read and reviewed thousands of undergraduate and transfer applications; now, the majority of her time is spent helping high school students find and articulate their best stories. Irena currently lives in Palo Alto, California.