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Tell Me More About University of California-Merced

Located near Yosemite National Park in the San Joaquin Valley, two hours from San Francisco, UC-Merced is the smallest and newest campus in the University of California...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 14, 2020
Last comment by jamie anderson, on Mar 21, 2020 at 1:54 am | 20 comments | 11083 Views


College Options for the Artistic-Minded Student

For the artistic-minded student, there are several different types of schools to research in order to find the right academic fit and degree path. - Four-year...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 6, 2019
Last comment by Cheap web hosting, on Jun 2, 2019 at 6:16 pm | 18 comments | 6931 Views


The College Admissions Scam

The recent college admissions scandal that was revealed in a New York Times...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 13, 2019
Last comment by kayliewalter, on Jun 1, 2019 at 1:53 am |
15 comments | 8880 Views


What Extracurricular Activities Will Get Me into College?

As a college admission advisor, I hear this question often from parents and students alike. Sometimes students try to amass an array of activities to adorn their...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 2, 2014
Last comment by Cholo, on Jan 11, 2014 at 7:06 pm | 14 comments | 19155 Views


Student Loans That Make Sense

The wide availability of student loans in the US reflects the value our nation places on access to higher education. As a college admission counselor, I have worked...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 13, 2013
Last comment by webbrowan, on Mar 23, 2016 at 9:31 pm | 11 comments | 19869 Views


Public Ivy Schools for 2015--Going By the ?Virginia Rule?

Elizabeth LaScala Ph.D. guides college, transfer and graduate school applicants through the complex world of admission. Elizabeth helps students identify majors...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 20, 2015
Last comment by Knott005, on Oct 2, 2017 at 4:32 am | 9 comments | 17659 Views


Understanding Early Decision in College Admission

Early Decision (ED) is an application program offered by many colleges and universities that provides an early admission decision in exchange for the student’s...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 13, 2017
Last comment by Adam009, on Oct 11, 2017 at 9:59 am | 7 comments | 7710 Views


My Guide to Good College Communications Programs

Careers in digital, print and broadcast journalism, advertising and public relations are among the most desired by college students. However, early success in these...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jun. 5, 2016
Last comment by rakesh23, on Apr 10, 2017 at 9:49 pm | 5 comments | 11933 Views


The Illusion of Test Optional Colleges

With the COVID-19 epidemic and the onset of nearly universal distance learning for all high school students, both parents and students have been relieved to hear...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 1, 2021
Last comment by John, on Jul 30, 2021 at 8:39 am | 4 comments | 9155 Views


Should Your Sophomore Take The October PSAT? And More on Standardized Testing...

In March, The College Board, the organization that administers the SAT (once known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test but now simply known as the SAT), announced plans...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 12, 2014
Last comment by Tim, on Mar 4, 2015 at 6:31 am | 3 comments | 18740 Views


Can You Get a Job with That?

In his presentation "Can You Get a Job with That?" Stuart Nachbar, noted education writer and college counselor states "A good school does good by...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 31, 2015
Last comment by GothBeer, on Apr 22, 2015 at 5:58 am | 3 comments | 13225 Views


Is Graduate School the Sensible Next Step After College?

Some high school students know they want a graduate or professional degree even before they start their undergraduate years. Others do not consider it at all or...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 20, 2018
Last comment by Petter, on Dec 4, 2018 at 10:23 pm | 3 comments | 5652 Views


The Up and Downside of AP Courses

Depending on how your particular school treats AP classes, an AP class can be worth a full grade higher than the regular track class (that’s how some students...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on May. 8, 2019
Last comment by Jen G., on Jun 6, 2019 at 1:51 pm | 3 comments | 9212 Views


The Good College: 4 Top Schools for Engineering

There has always been great demand for college students with engineering degrees. Engineers and, the engineering they do, serve to help all of us in our busy modern...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 5, 2016
Last comment by eatandbmerrie, on Mar 7, 2016 at 10:40 pm | 3 comments | 14745 Views


Value by Design: Meeting the Interests of the Artistic Student

A big obstacle for a student who wishes to study the arts is the widely held belief that a degree in the visual and performing arts (VPA) will not lead to ‘real’...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 6, 2019
Last comment by Ronald M. Lynch, on Jan 30, 2019 at 6:55 am | 3 comments | 6954 Views


What Exactly Is A “Meaningful” Summer Experience for Your High School Student?

On both the Common Application, the University of California application...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 30, 2018
Last comment by henry99, on Apr 21, 2018 at 8:36 am | 3 comments | 10698 Views


What's Your Major and Other Pesky Questions Colleges Ask

Thousands of high school seniors cruise through college applications, completing basic contact information, high school coursework and grades, test scores and activities...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 9, 2016
Last comment by EmilyG, on Nov 23, 2016 at 4:49 am | 3 comments | 8797 Views


The Pros and Cons of "Going Greek"

Have you ever wondered about fraternities and sororities and whether joining one would be a good move? With so many distressing articles appearing in newspapers,...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Feb. 1, 2022
Last comment by Jan Batcheller, on Feb 3, 2022 at 11:03 am | 3 comments | 5401 Views


Tell Me More About UC-Berkeley

Many schools are compared to Harvard, among them the University of California-Berkeley (UC-Berkeley), fondly known as, “Cal.” The first institution of...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 21, 2017
Last comment by Eddie J., on Feb 21, 2018 at 8:14 am | 2 comments | 7958 Views


Can You Afford Your ‘Dream School’?

Does your child have their heart set on a “dream school”? If determination carries her forward, that dream could become an admissions reality. But, depending...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 13, 2018
Last comment by unblocked games 76, on Jan 20, 2019 at 6:19 pm | 2 comments | 6829 Views
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2023 guide to summer camps

Looking for something for the kids to do this summer, learn something new and have fun? The Summer Camp Guide features local camps for all ages and interests.

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