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DOING COLLEGE

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...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 21, 2016
Last comment by rosalindr, on Jul 22, 2016 at 7:40 pm | 1 comment | 1663 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 SteveErvin, on Jul 21, 2016 at 12:08 am | 4 comments | 2649 Views

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Colleges You Ought to Know

As a college advisor, families often ask me "What makes a college a good college?" Sometimes it’s a school that has a familiar name....

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Feb. 7, 2016
Last comment by kathybrunt, on Jul 11, 2016 at 1:16 am | 1 comment | 1575 Views

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Does Your 11th Grader Really Need a Resume?

Dr. Elizabeth LaScala, PhD is an educational consultant and founder of Doing College and Beyond. Specializing in both east and west coast college systems, Elizabeth...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Mar. 6, 2015
Last comment by liam, on Jun 13, 2016 at 3:14 am | 8 comments | 5145 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
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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 KamranAhmed, on Apr 15, 2016 at 11:42 pm | 1 comment | 4619 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 | 11898 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 | 2375 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 | 5843 Views

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The Up and Down Sides to AP Coursework

A student asks Dr. LaScala: Will AP coursework help me get into college and will these courses get me through college faster? Alex Dear Alex, Depending...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on May. 26, 2012
Last comment by IshikaAgarwal, on Oct 1, 2015 at 12:49 am | 1 comment | 4272 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 JessicaWakefield, on Jul 30, 2015 at 1:50 am | 1 comment | 2532 Views

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Taking SAT Subject Tests: Greater Flexibility or More Murkiness

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 Apr. 27, 2015
Last comment by Charles Kipkorir, on Jul 28, 2015 at 3:04 pm | 2 comments | 5171 Views

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The Ethics of Writing College Application Essays

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 Jul. 6, 2015
Last comment by Conservator, on Jul 13, 2015 at 9:36 am | 1 comment | 3743 Views

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Can You Get a Job with That?

In his presentation "Can You Get a Job with That?" Stuart Nachbar, noted education writer and college counselor states "A good school...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jan. 31, 2015
Last comment by GothBeer, on Apr 22, 2015 at 5:58 am | 3 comments | 5444 Views

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Getting the Most Out of Your Summer Experiences

Elizabeth LaScala Ph.D. guides families through the complex world of college admission. She helps students identify college majors and career paths, develops good...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Apr. 20, 2015
Last comment by MsJulle, on Apr 22, 2015 at 5:52 am | 1 comment | 2640 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 beentheredonethat, on Mar 26, 2015 at 8:18 pm | 7 comments | 8082 Views

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Understanding Early Decision in College Admissions

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

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 28, 2014
Last comment by Johnny English, on Mar 4, 2015 at 6:38 am | 2 comments | 8649 Views

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Three Time Tested Test Prep Recommendations

By now most families have heard that a new SAT exam will be administered for the first time in spring 2016. As test preparation providers respond to these changes...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Oct. 4, 2014
Last comment by John English, on Mar 4, 2015 at 6:34 am | 1 comment | 4473 Views

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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 | 10849 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...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Nov. 25, 2014
Last comment by John, on Mar 4, 2015 at 6:27 am | 1 comment | 6235 Views
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