Karen Kristof

Welcome to Smith College.

"Smith College educates women of promise for lives of distinction and is renowned for its vibrant intellectual and cultural community. Our 2,600 students come from nearly every U.S. state and 70 countries."

We Are Leaders

"Smith’s open curriculum allows students to choose from 1,000 courses in more than 50 areas of study."

Karen Kristof 



An Education as Unique as You Are.

Through the Five Colleges, Inc., a consortium that includes Smith and nearby Amherst, Hampshire and Mount Holyoke colleges and the University of Massachusetts, there are significant resources and opportunities, including cross-registration for classes. 

Smith graduates learn to think clearly, analyze complex situations accurately, write well, speak persuasively and adapt creatively to new technologies and changing circumstances. This combination of comprehensive knowledge and flexibility is the hallmark of the liberal arts education at Smith. Admission to Smith is highly competitive, with fewer than 20 percent of international students offered admission. Academic performance, standardized test scores, and writing ability are important factors in the evaluation.  



Hi! I’m Karen Kristof.

Karen Kristof has worked in the admission office at Smith College since 1999. She is the Senior Associate Director of Admission, coordinating the recruitment of international students and managing the selection process for all first-year candidates. A graduate of Smith College, she has spent her 28-year career in higher education promoting the value of liberal arts education and helping high school students from all over the U.S. and more than 25 countries navigate the college application process. In her current role, she is excited to talk with young women about the benefits of attending a women’s college and how to prepare for the rigors of a highly selective admission process.  

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