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DOING COLLEGE

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
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DOING COLLEGE

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
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DOING COLLEGE

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. 10066 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. 15895 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Six Great Reasons to Use a College Admissions Consultant

Dear Dr. LaScala, I am frustrated by the lack of attention my junior in high school is getting (or rather not getting) about college and career advice. Should...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 5, 2012
There are no comments yet. 9636 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Keep on Track for the Community College Transfer Path

Dear Dr. LaScala: My family can't afford to send me straight to a 4 year college. My dream is to attend a community college and transfer to UC San Diego. I'm...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Feb. 20, 2012
There are no comments yet. 9830 Views

DOING COLLEGE

PLAN or ACT Tests? What Are They and When Do You Take Them?

Dear Dr. LaScala, What is the PLAN test? My daughter's high school offers it to sophomores in the fall. And how does it relate to the ACT? Thanks, John...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Feb. 6, 2012
There are no comments yet. 9644 Views

DOING COLLEGE

College Admissons: Apply Early to Secure the Best Financial Aid Package

Dr. LaScala, We read your column all the time on Tuesdays and find your advice helpful. Can you give us some guidance about financial aid? We hear that it may...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 23, 2012
There are no comments yet. 9384 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Are Early College Applications Right for Me?

Hi Dr. LaScala, I am a junior at San Ramon High and I want to ask you about early admission. It seems confusing, but next year I know I will need to decide if...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 9, 2012
There are no comments yet. 9763 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Hurry Up and Wait for College Admissions!

Dear Dr. LaScala, All of my son's college applications now are submitted. He is on tenterhooks about the outcome of his applications, and I have to admit to...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 26, 2011
There are no comments yet. 9447 Views

DOING COLLEGE

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. 10091 Views

DOING COLLEGE

What's Wrong with The Best Fit College?

Hello Dr. LaScala: My oldest child thought there was something wrong with her because she never felt the magic of finding the "right fit" college. She attended...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 28, 2011
There are no comments yet. 9749 Views

DOING COLLEGE

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. 9976 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. 10650 Views

DOING COLLEGE

What's A College Degree Really Worth?

Dear Dr. LaScala: What are the best majors to pursue in terms of job opportunities and earnings? There seems to be much unemployment or underemployment among...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 17, 2011
There are no comments yet. 9752 Views

DOING COLLEGE

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
There are no comments yet. 10457 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Doing College Launches New Website!

Hello Readers! I am pleased to announce my new website is launched. Please visit Doing College and Beyond at www.doingcollege.com. Meanwhile, here is an October...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 30, 2011
There are no comments yet. 9499 Views

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. 11034 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. 10581 Views

DOING COLLEGE

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. 10784 Views
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