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DOING COLLEGE

Will You Miss Out on Teacher Recommendations for College Admissions?

Hello Dr. LaScala, My daughter is just finishing her junior year and some of her friends are already asking their teachers for letters of recommendation, especially...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on May. 30, 2011
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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
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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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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
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California College Admisions: One Stop Shopping!

Dear Dr. LaScala, We are just starting the college search and we are hoping it will be easy since my son wants to stay in California. Is there a way to research...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 4, 2011
There are no comments yet. 8469 Views

DOING COLLEGE

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
There are no comments yet. 9062 Views

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Dramatic Shift in the Way University of California Evaluates Our Students

The University of California announced major policy and admission requirement changes for students applying next year. These modifications should not change the...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 8, 2011
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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. 9451 Views

DOING COLLEGE

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
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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
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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
There are no comments yet. 9120 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. 9221 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. 9285 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. 8693 Views

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Secrets of the College Application Process

A resident asks: I have read your articles for some time and have enjoyed them. They are always informative and interesting. I have one son in college and another...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 15, 2010
There are no comments yet. 10462 Views

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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. 11882 Views

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Early Test Preparation Can Hurt College Admission

A grandmother asks: Is it my imagination or is the college application process starting earlier each year? I have nine grandchildren and four of them are in high...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 18, 2010
There are no comments yet. 10778 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. 9508 Views

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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. 9064 Views

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Common Application Can Streamline College Admissions

Question: I keep hearing about the Common Application? What is it and why is it important? ~Danville resident Dr. LaScala responds: The Common Application (www.commonapp.org)...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 6, 2010
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