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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 Mar. 5, 2013
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DOING COLLEGE

Finding What Fits in College Admissions

As seniors start their final stretch in high school, juniors are just gearing up for college admissions. A question I hear frequently is "How do I put together...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 21, 2013
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The Waiting Game Begins for College Admissions

Hurry Up and Wait: What to Do After the College Applications Are Sent Somehow the admission frenzy has managed to scare our kids—even those at the top of...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 8, 2013
Last comment by Judi, on Jan 9, 2013 at 2:28 pm | 2 comments | 7091 Views

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'Tis the Season for Financial Aid in College Admissions!

It's the time of year for college-bound students and their families to prepare for the financial aid season. The online FAFSA becomes available to fill out this...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 26, 2012
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Is Resistance Futile? Avoiding Serious Misconceptions in College Admissions

Widespread misconceptions flourish in the college admissions world, providing advantages to colleges but often hurting applicants and their families. You can resist...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Dec. 3, 2012
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The Secret Sauce in College Admissions

It is true that showing your interest in a college can be a tip factor in getting that acceptance letter. Visiting your colleges, writing to ask intelligient...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 12, 2012
Last comment by Judi, on Nov 15, 2012 at 7:26 am | 1 comment | 6716 Views

DOING COLLEGE

The Game Plan for the College-Bound Athlelte

Dear Dr. LaScala, I am trying to convince my parents to find a colege advisor to help me deal with the whole college admission stuff. I'm a pretty high level...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 15, 2012
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DOING COLLEGE

College Applications Go Over The Limit!

A Reader Asks: Hi Dr. LaScala, There is a 1,000 character limit on the Common Application for the short response. How much wiggle room is there? I have...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 8, 2012
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DOING COLLEGE

Where Did All the SAT Subjects Tests Go?

A long time ago in a UC system far, far away, SAT Subjects were required by the University of California (UC). Now they are not required. The rationale (which...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Sep. 10, 2012
Last comment by Rgf49er, on Sep 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm | 1 comment | 7265 Views

DOING COLLEGE

We Are Losing Our Minds

We Are Losing Our Minds: A Mass Exodus of California Students By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD Once upon a time, California public schools ranked nationally as among...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 20, 2012
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DOING COLLEGE

What to Bring to College Next Fall

What do you bring to college? Most parents of seniors know a great deal about the work and stress of college admissions: visiting schools, taking standardized tests,...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 24, 2012
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Get Going on Your College Applications Now!

A San Ramon resident asks: Hi Elizabeth! I hate to get you involved in a dispute, but my husband and I need an expert's advice. Our son thinks he should...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 9, 2012
There are no comments yet. 6836 Views

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How to respond to the most important question colleges ask?

Dear Elizabeth LaScala: I hear the supplements of the college applications ask many questions that are tough to answer. Can you help me out with how to write essays...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jun. 26, 2012
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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
There are no comments yet. 7207 Views

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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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