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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 | 14748 Views

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Thanksgiving Transfer Fever!

Thanksgiving is a time filled with family, turkey, football, and in many houses newly returned freshmen. After they've cleared the cupboards, lounged on the couches...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 25, 2014
Last comment by John, on Mar 4, 2015 at 6:27 am | 1 comment | 9864 Views

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The Truth About The College Essay

In August the 2012-13 edition of the Common Application was released. At the same time or soon after, many schools released updated supplements, several of which...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 27, 2012
Last comment by BrentTaylor, on Mar 4, 2015 at 3:45 am | 1 comment | 7828 Views

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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 | 19560 Views

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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. 11919 Views

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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. 11459 Views

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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. 40055 Views

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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. 13579 Views

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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 | 15239 Views

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Quick! Show Me the Money--the CSS Profile

Timing is critical. For high school seniors who plan to request financial aid, now is the time to determine the forms required at each college on your list. You...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 30, 2013
Last comment by Alec, on Oct 12, 2013 at 2:15 am | 1 comment | 7902 Views

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Some Unexpected College Costs

The cost of a college education these days is soaring and out of pocket expenses for families range from costly to obscenely expensive. After accounting for tuition...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 29, 2013
There are no comments yet. 6914 Views

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Jump Start The College Application

The Common Application is used by 488 member colleges to streamline the college application process. These colleges represent 46 US states...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 15, 2013
There are no comments yet. 6701 Views

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When Parents and Students Disagree About College

Waiting until college results are in to deal with differences of opinion between students and their parents about what college to attend is not wise. When the college...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 1, 2013
There are no comments yet. 8691 Views

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Is It Too Early to Prepare for College?

A San Ramon Reader asks Dr. LaScala: Are there advantages to starting college advising before beginning high school? My son is quite focused and driven; we aren't...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jun. 17, 2013
There are no comments yet. 6633 Views

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The Little Word That Means A Lot in College Admissions

Many parents are surprised to discover that unless their child is failing and placed on academic probation they will not hear from the student's college or university....

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jun. 3, 2013
There are no comments yet. 9492 Views

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What DO I Bring to College Next Fall?

Most seniors and their parents by now know a great deal about the work and stress of college admissions: visiting schools, taking standardized tests, filling out...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on May. 20, 2013
There are no comments yet. 6478 Views

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Save Fast Cash on College Costs

So you are headed off to college in the fall and you have about a million things to do. There are activities to attend, decisions to make and forms to complete....

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on May. 6, 2013
There are no comments yet. 6656 Views

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What exactly is a meaningful summer?

A student from Danville asks: I keep hearing counselors talk about students having meaningful summers. Well, what exactly does that mean and what are some good...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 19, 2013
There are no comments yet. 6825 Views

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Disappointing News about College Admissions? Read On!

Now that acceptances, rejections and waitlist notifications have arrived, some seniors are not too happy with their admission results. Want to try again? That's...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 3, 2013
There are no comments yet. 7333 Views

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The Controversy over College Costs

One article decries runaway college tuition and rising student debt, placing blame squarely on shoulders of colleges. Writers of these articles believe that colleges...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 17, 2013
There are no comments yet. 6694 Views
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