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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
There are no comments yet. 8990 Views

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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 | 9332 Views

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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
There are no comments yet. 9170 Views

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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
There are no comments yet. 9458 Views

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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. 8879 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
There are no comments yet. 8845 Views

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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. 9568 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
There are no comments yet. 9636 Views

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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
There are no comments yet. 9402 Views

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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
There are no comments yet. 12870 Views

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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
There are no comments yet. 8927 Views

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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
There are no comments yet. 9160 Views

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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
There are no comments yet. 8968 Views

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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
There are no comments yet. 8713 Views

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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
There are no comments yet. 9060 Views

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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. 8757 Views

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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. 9370 Views

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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. 9046 Views

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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. 9308 Views

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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. 9876 Views
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