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Acing the College Admissions Interview

Hi Dr. LaScala, What are your pointers on how to do well in the college admissions interview? Thanks, ~Senior Getting Ready for College Interviews Dear...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 3, 2011
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University of California Drops SAT Subject Test Requirement

Question: I enjoy your responses to readers' questions and look for your column on Tuesdays. I've just heard that there are changes in the SAT Subject Test requirements...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 10, 2011
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Waitlists at the University of California! Say WHAT?

A Danville student asks: I just heard that the UC is using waitlists this year. Is that true? What should I do if I am wait-listed at my first choice UC? Since...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 21, 2011
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Colleges want to know why you are applying. Here's how to respond to this important question!

Question: I am having trouble with a question that it seems all the private colleges on my list ask: "Why do you want to attend our college?" What are the colleges...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 19, 2010
There are no comments yet. 10215 Views

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The Top 10 Factors that Get You into College

The single, most common question I hear as a college advisor is some version of the question "What does it take to get into a selective college?" Here are my selections...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on May. 14, 2012
There are no comments yet. 10208 Views

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The Up and Down Sides to AP Coursework

A student asks Dr. LaScala: Will AP coursework help me get into college and will these courses get me through college faster? Alex Dear Alex, Depending...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on May. 26, 2012
There are no comments yet. 10173 Views

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Be Yourself When You Write College Essays

A Reader Writes: Dear Dr. LaScala, Our family reads your articles all the time. There is so much written about the college essay, we would like your thoughts...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jun. 12, 2012
There are no comments yet. 10161 Views

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What to Bring to College Next Fall

What do you bring to college? Most parents of seniors know a great deal about the work and stress of college admissions: visiting schools, taking standardized tests,...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 24, 2012
There are no comments yet. 10141 Views

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Making Personal Contacts in College Admission

A reader asks: I read with interest your last column about college admission. However, I am not certain how one contacts a college prior to sending the application....

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 29, 2010
There are no comments yet. 10059 Views

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How Many Colleges Should I Apply To?

This question ranks among the top five I get asked each admission cycle. Six college applications once seemed quite reasonable. Now eight is more commonplace and...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 20, 2014
There are no comments yet. 10040 Views

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Take the Stress Out of College Admissions by Taking Charge Now!

Many of us can recall the days when students applied to one, or perhaps two or three colleges, got accepted to their first choice school, and were done. Today, when...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Feb. 7, 2011
There are no comments yet. 10031 Views

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What Every Engineering Applicant Should Know

Dear Dr. LaScala, I am serious about studying engineering in college. How can I start to build a strong college application now, while I still have time to take...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 12, 2011
There are no comments yet. 9976 Views

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Where Did All the SAT Subjects Tests Go?

A long time ago in a UC system far, far away, SAT Subjects were required by the University of California (UC). Now they are not required. The rationale (which...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 10, 2012
Last comment by Rgf49er, on Sep 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm | 1 comment | 9969 Views

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Smart College Financial Aid Strategies

Dear Dr. LaScala: My son is a high school sophomore and the gap between what we can pay and what a college education costs has widened. He has good grades so we...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 25, 2012
There are no comments yet. 9962 Views

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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 | 9905 Views

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The Year of the Wait List in College Admissions

A reader asks: My daughter was accepted at a number of good colleges, but she was wait-listed at her top choice. We've heard that being on a wait-list is like...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 18, 2011
There are no comments yet. 9878 Views

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What Activiites Really Count on College Applications?

Dear Dr. LaScala, Our son has just started high school and we are wondering about extracurricular activities. How much do they really count on the college application...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 14, 2011
There are no comments yet. 9867 Views

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The Game Plan for the College-Bound Athlelte

Dear Dr. LaScala, I am trying to convince my parents to find a colege advisor to help me deal with the whole college admission stuff. I'm a pretty high level...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 15, 2012
There are no comments yet. 9835 Views

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NEW College Programs and Majors 2010-2011

Dear Dr. LaScala: I am a junior at Monte Vista High School in Danville. My parents often show me your articles and I have a question for you. I am just beginning...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 24, 2011
There are no comments yet. 9810 Views

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Use Facebook to Up Your Chances of College Admisison

A reader asks Dr. LaScala: How much of a role does social networking play in college admissions? Do colleges really have the time to inspect the content of a student's...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on May. 2, 2011
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