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DOING COLLEGE

Take Full Advantage of Free Standardized Testing Opportunities

May and June are important months for constructing college success at earlier grade levels. Most students think about standardized testing in the junior year, but...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 21, 2014
There are no comments yet. 43292 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Budget Basics for New College Graduates

Here's a question I'm often asked by new or soon to be college graduates: "I am looking for a job. Can you help me figure out how much income I will need to pay...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jun. 8, 2014
Last comment by Ashley, on Nov 4, 2014 at 6:01 am | 1 comment | 23068 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Finishing Strong: Colleges Can Revoke Admission Offers

You worked too hard to get into college to mess with it now. Seniors should bear in mind that their remaining high school grades can affect their new relationship...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 12, 2014
Last comment by Richard, on Oct 9, 2017 at 10:05 am | 2 comments | 21234 Views

DOING COLLEGE

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 | 19166 Views

DOING COLLEGE

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 | 18426 Views

DOING COLLEGE

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 | 17947 Views

DOING COLLEGE

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 | 16791 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Your Most Powerful Tool for Getting Into College--Use It Now!

As a college admission advisor I give college related advice all year round. One of the most common conversations I have with families is about high school coursework—what...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 1, 2014
There are no comments yet. 16439 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Understanding Early Decision in College Admissions

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

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 28, 2014
Last comment by Johnny English, on Mar 4, 2015 at 6:38 am | 2 comments | 16219 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Waitlisted at the UC? What You Should Know Now!

Over the past week, I received many questions regarding waitlists. The first point to bear in mind is that colleges build waitlists to help the college, not the...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 16, 2012
There are no comments yet. 15892 Views

DOING COLLEGE

When Adult Children Go Off to College: Keeping Your Eye on The Law

Did you know that once children turn 18, parents lose the legal authority to make decisions for them? An individual who has reached the age of 18 is considered...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 30, 2014
There are no comments yet. 14684 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Congratulations on Getting In! Now How Long to Get Out?

This time of year many high school seniors have made or are about to make the final selection of where to go to college. I am reminded of a statement made by F....

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 27, 2014
There are no comments yet. 14597 Views

DOING COLLEGE

The Impact of COVID-19 on Our High School Juniors and Seniors

Without a doubt, your life has been already impacted by the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Social distancing, self-quarantine, voluntary or mandatory school...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 25, 2020
There are no comments yet. 14292 Views

DOING COLLEGE

5 TopTips to Tackle The UC Essays

Seniors all over the country are busy writing their college application essays. Juniors will be doing the same task next year. Students applying to the UC are...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 6, 2012
Last comment by KamranAhmed, on Jan 29, 2016 at 9:17 pm | 2 comments | 14237 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Join in the College Crowd

Whenever you visit a college campus, especially for the first time, keep in mind that getting around is as important as looking around. You might be blown away by...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 15, 2015
There are no comments yet. 14224 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Academic Separation from College: What's Next?

A Danville parent asks: My son received a letter of academic separation from the university he attended last year in New York State. He did not want to leave and...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 1, 2010
There are no comments yet. 14209 Views

DOING COLLEGE

It's Not Enough to Say You Are A Good Match for A College. Prove It!

Many colleges include a prompt that asks the question "Why do you want to attend our college?" You will see this item in different forms, such as "How did you first...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 11, 2014
There are no comments yet. 13878 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Jump Start The College Admission Essay

Dear Dr. LaScala, We enjoy reading your column. We are the parents of twin girls who will be seniors in high school this fall and both plan to apply to the UC...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 26, 2011
Last comment by Joseph190, on Jun 15, 2017 at 2:59 am | 1 comment | 13715 Views

DOING COLLEGE

An Insider's Look at College Advising

Applying to college can be one of the most bewildering as well as rewarding experiences for high school students and their families. I thought I would start my...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 3, 2013
There are no comments yet. 13643 Views

DOING COLLEGE

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 | 13423 Views
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