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DOING COLLEGE

How Do Colleges Actually Evaluate Applicants?

Dr. LaScala, Is there any type of objective system that colleges use to discern what students they will accept? They receive so many applications, they must use...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 6, 2011
There are no comments yet. 10917 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Denied College Admission? Should You Appeal?

Paul was denied admission to a private college that he, his parents, and high school counselor all had agreed matched his interests and academic profile. The question...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 8, 2017
Last comment by Marisa, on Dec 11, 2017 at 3:37 am | 2 comments | 10855 Views

DOING COLLEGE

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 | 10822 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Early Applications Surge in College Admission

This is the first in a six-week series of blogs about applying to college by admission advisor Elizabeth LaScala and Teen Wire high school senior Daniel Morizono...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 6, 2009
There are no comments yet. 10817 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Admitted to Your College? It's Time for A Fresh Look

I would bet that the Class of 2010 seniors will be spending some time at their mailboxes and and checking email messages over the next few weeks. They will have...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 15, 2010
There are no comments yet. 10793 Views

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Teens Tyrannized by College Admissions Pressure

A reader writes: I am worried about the stress levels at our high school campus and the effect it is having on my daughter. She is a junior and is quite anxious...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Feb. 21, 2011
There are no comments yet. 10750 Views

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Amid Recession, You Still Have to Pay for College

In those agonizing months between sending out college applications and waiting for those admission decisions in the spring, many high school seniors and their parents...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 11, 2010
Last comment by Ralph N. Shirlet, on Jan 11, 2010 at 9:56 am | 1 comment | 10716 Views

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Does test preparation really help in college admission?

An Alamo resident asks: I don't mind spending money if it's well spent. What are the benefits of test prep? Does it work and how much do test scores count in...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 4, 2010
There are no comments yet. 10713 Views

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Admitted Early Action? Congratulations! And Next Steps

As the holiday season approaches college-bound seniors, who have demonstrated enthusiasm, thoroughness and efficiency by getting their college applications in the...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 8, 2016
Last comment by pleasantonweekly.com, on Dec 12, 2016 at 12:03 pm | 1 comment | 10712 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Three Time Tested Test Prep Recommendations

By now most families have heard that a new SAT exam will be administered for the first time in spring 2016. As test preparation providers respond to these changes...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 4, 2014
Last comment by John English, on Mar 4, 2015 at 6:34 am | 1 comment | 10710 Views

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Don't Let A College Education Bury You in Debt!

It has been wisely noted that money rarely goes to those who need it most, but rather it winds up in the hands of those individuals who best understand the process...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 9, 2010
There are no comments yet. 10680 Views

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7 Steps to Successful College Admissions Transfer: Part II

Each year I receive calls from high school seniors who want help with the transfer path. Although I have been an advisor for years, my heart still skips a beat...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jun. 23, 2010
There are no comments yet. 10678 Views

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Adding Sports to the College Admission Game

Hello Dr. LaScala, My son might want to continue to swim in college. He will be a sophomore this year and we want to get on track early and avoid making mistakes....

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 8, 2011
There are no comments yet. 10618 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Same Story, Different Prompts: Common Application?s New Essay Questions

Hey Dr. LaScala, I just heard that the Common Application has revised its essay questions. What exactly does that mean for me? I am a junior at San Ramon Vally...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Feb. 20, 2013
Last comment by james564, on Oct 2, 2017 at 3:33 am | 1 comment | 10515 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Avoid the Top Online College Application Mistakes!

Dear Elizabeth, My daughter is a senior and is preparing her college applications. I guess that a lot of this gets done online now. I'm fairly computer literate,...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 31, 2011
There are no comments yet. 10478 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Beyond the Right Fit in College Admissions

Dear Dr. LaScala, We always hear about colleges being the "right fit" or a "good match" for a student. What are specific and concrete ways we can help our son...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 22, 2011
There are no comments yet. 10472 Views

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?Tis the Season for Financial Aid !

It's the time to prepare for the financial aid season because the online FAFSA becomes available to fill out this January 1st 2011. Since many colleges award federal...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 13, 2010
There are no comments yet. 10449 Views

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Navigating the Transfer Path in College Admissions

Community college student Danielle Guzman dreams of transferring to Cal State San Diego. Her goal: to earn a bachelor's degree in social work and work as an adoption...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jun. 17, 2010
There are no comments yet. 10432 Views

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What are the top factors colleges use to evaluate applicants?

A Danville resident asks: Counselors at our high school are so busy with seniors that the younger students do not get much attention. My daughter is a junior...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 27, 2010
There are no comments yet. 10428 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Exactly What Is A Meaningful Summer in College Admissions?

A Danville resident asks: What exactly is a "meaningful" summer? I have heard this phrase so often, but without any real details. What should high school age...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on May. 16, 2011
There are no comments yet. 10403 Views
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