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Irena Smith Consulting

Irena Smith Consulting

Irena Smith Consulting is Palo Alto, California-based admissions consulting firm. It was founded by Dr. Irena Smith in 2007, a former Stanford University admissions officer, UCLA professor, and experienced writer/editor. Irena Smith Consulting offers academic consulting services starting from the 9th grade, though they indicate they currently have no space for 9th graders. Dr. Irena Smith tries to focus on providing applicants with a strong voice and a strong sense of self to gain acceptance to top U.S. universities.

About Company

Irena Smith Consulting seeks to manage client expectations while making their applications as competitive as possible given the skillsets of each applicant, maximizing each applicant’s potential. It provides test prep assistance, ways to enhance extracurricular participation, school selection, letter of recommendation guidance, and help for students writing and editing their college essays. The website lists only the founder and two editors as part of the Irena Smith Consulting admissions team. Though the firm is based in Silicon Valley, they work with applicants online from a variety of domestic and international locations, according to the website.


Dr. Irena Smith has co-authored a book titled, Mighty Writing: A College Application Essay Guide, which shows her firm’s emphasis and commitment to writing assistance. The firm works with students at all stages of their academic journeys, including graduate students, transfer students, undergraduate, and other academic situations.

Irena Smith Consulting Score

Irena Smith Consulting Review

Irena Smith receives a 2 in reputation, receiving only six independent third-party reviews. Also, it receives a 2 in results, which are largely unknown. It receives a 1 in the quality of the team with only one former college admissions officer, while receiving a one in the size of the team by maintaining only one admissions consultant. It received a 2 in web presence, with a Google organic ranking of 69. It receives a 2 in combined institutional knowledge with four years of collective experience in the industry among its team. Lastly, it receives a score of a 1 as an educational influencer with no known social media presence.


Overall, Irena Smith Review receives a 1.57-average score in the seven categories examined.

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