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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
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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
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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
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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. 9933 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. 10569 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. 10212 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. 10463 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. 11316 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. 10246 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. 11012 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. 9972 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. 11544 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. 11066 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. 11440 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Enjoy summer and still keep your child on track for college admission

Dear Dr. LaScala, My son is entering high school in the fall. I have an older daughter who is already in college and I know how much money it costs and how competitive...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 11, 2011
There are no comments yet. 10000 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Graduate School Admissions: Finding the Right Graduate Program for You

Dear Dr. LaScala: You write a great deal about college admissions, so I wondered what you could tell me about graduate school admissions. I just finished my...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jun. 13, 2011
There are no comments yet. 10356 Views

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
There are no comments yet. 10061 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. 11085 Views

DOING COLLEGE

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
There are no comments yet. 10374 Views

DOING COLLEGE

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. 10465 Views
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