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Tell Me More about University of California-Davis!

Welcome to the second in a series of articles about the University of California system. In a deliberate step away from those omnipresent rankings and instead going...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Feb. 5, 2018
Last comment by annamartin, on May 5, 2018 at 3:13 am | 2 comments | 5954 Views

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What Exactly Is A “Meaningful” Summer Experience for Your High School Student?

On both the Common Application, the University of California application...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 30, 2018
Last comment by henry99, on Apr 21, 2018 at 8:36 am | 3 comments | 6943 Views

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Tell Me More About UC-Berkeley

Many schools are compared to Harvard, among them the University of California-Berkeley (UC-Berkeley), fondly known as, “Cal.” The first institution of...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 21, 2017
Last comment by Eddie J., on Feb 21, 2018 at 8:14 am | 2 comments | 5070 Views

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Denied College Admission? Should You Appeal?

Paul was denied admission to a private college that he, his parents, and high school counselor all had agreed matched his interests and academic profile. The question...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 8, 2017
Last comment by Marisa, on Dec 11, 2017 at 3:37 am | 2 comments | 6709 Views

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Understanding Early Decision in College Admission

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

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 13, 2017
Last comment by Adam009, on Oct 11, 2017 at 9:59 am | 7 comments | 5007 Views

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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 | 19423 Views

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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 | 14823 Views

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Same Story, Different Prompts: Common Application?s New Essay Questions

Hey Dr. LaScala, I just heard that the Common Application has revised its essay questions. What exactly does that mean for me? I am a junior at San Ramon Vally...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Feb. 20, 2013
Last comment by james564, on Oct 2, 2017 at 3:33 am | 1 comment | 9035 Views

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7 steps to success: the college transfer path

Each year I receive calls from high school seniors who want help with the transfer path. My heart skips a beat when I get this type of call, particularly when it...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 26, 2013
Last comment by Miguelfeedy, on Aug 27, 2017 at 5:17 am | 2 comments | 9588 Views

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What You Need to Do Before Your Child Goes to College

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. 25, 2017
There are no comments yet. 4790 Views

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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 | 12146 Views

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My Guide to Good College Communications Programs

Careers in digital, print and broadcast journalism, advertising and public relations are among the most desired by college students. However, early success in these...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jun. 5, 2016
Last comment by rakesh23, on Apr 10, 2017 at 9:49 pm | 5 comments | 9160 Views

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When Students Consider Non-Portfolio Design Schools

It is not unusual to find schools, even some very good ones that will admit students with no technical skills to programs in areas such as architecture, fashion...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 1, 2015
Last comment by pleasantonweekly.com, on Feb 3, 2017 at 10:24 am | 2 comments | 8043 Views

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Admitted Early Action? Congratulations! And Next Steps

As the holiday season approaches college-bound seniors, who have demonstrated enthusiasm, thoroughness and efficiency by getting their college applications in the...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 8, 2016
Last comment by pleasantonweekly.com, on Dec 12, 2016 at 12:03 pm | 1 comment | 9028 Views

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What's Your Major and Other Pesky Questions Colleges Ask

Thousands of high school seniors cruise through college applications, completing basic contact information, high school coursework and grades, test scores and activities...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 9, 2016
Last comment by EmilyG, on Nov 23, 2016 at 4:49 am | 3 comments | 6155 Views

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Does Applying to More Get You Through the Door? Why More Is Not Better in College Admissions

“If 10% of applicants are accepted to the most selective schools to which I apply, doesn’t that mean I will have a better than 1 in 10 chance of getting...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 21, 2016
Last comment by rosalindr, on Jul 22, 2016 at 7:40 pm | 1 comment | 7626 Views

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Selecting the Right College Essay Workshop

Understanding some fundamentals about the essays colleges ask students to submit with their applications can help you make more informed decisions about getting...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 18, 2016
There are no comments yet. 7178 Views

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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 | 17549 Views

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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 | 10374 Views

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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 | 12492 Views
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