Graduate and Professional School Admissions

Applying successfully to programs to earn an advanced degree requires careful planning, including taking the right coursework in college and doing your best on the required standardized tests, as well as volunteering and working in the specific areas that are important to admissions committees.

Doing College and Beyond adjusts the level and type of services offered to you based on where you are in the admissions process. A team of expert consultants are available to support specific content needs in engineering, health care, mathematics, the humanities and the sciences.

Elizabeth LaScala specializes in medical, dental and veterinarian school admissions, as well as physician assistant and nursing degree paths. Elizabeth only accepts five applicants each cycle, so she can offer highly personalized support to each.

Doing College and Beyond offers the full range of graduate admission counseling services to college students planning to apply directly to graduate programs, as well as to individuals entering from the workforce.

1. Provide An Overview:

Provide a general overview of the graduate or professional school admissions process, an associated timeline and standardized testing requirements

2. Identify Education Opportunities:

Identify a range of higher education opportunities that relate to academic areas of interest, talents, majors, prior degrees and career paths

3. Achieve Consensus Regarding Desired Program Features:

Work together to define parameters for a program search or evaluate and offer input on an existing list of programs

4. Develop A Balanced Application List:

Ensure the final list is balanced by probability of admission

5. Present the Strongest Possible Application:

Provide specific recommendations about how to present a strong, cohesive application to each program; explore how each program’s specific requirements may be weighted in the admissions decision

6. Assist with Application Material Development:

Assist with the development and editing of personal statements, secondaries, supplemental essays, short responses and any communications with program staff

7. Provide Supplemental Services:

Provide additional services such as resume development, regional visits to programs of choice, interview preparation, and portfolio review.

8. Customized Solutions until End of Application Process:

Provide expert consultation regarding wait lists, acceptances, financial awards and making the final decision.

Contact Doing College to set up a complimentary 30-minute phone consultation with Elizabeth LaScala to discuss our services.

Doing College offers educational consulting services to students and their parents in Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda and greater California, as well as nationally and internationally.

“When it came time for me to think about applying to graduate study, I had the good fortune to work with one of the best resources, mentors, and professionals in the field of educational consulting, Elizabeth LaScala. Overall, the application process to Master’s programs in Genetic Counseling took me three years to fully complete, because I had several post baccalaureate courses to complete in order to be eligible for many selective programs. Elizabeth assisted from initial brainstorming to receipt of my final acceptance notifications. She helped make the application process manageable through her near-daily insightful suggestions. Ultimately I was admitted to the majority of the programs I applied to and had many excellent options to consider.”

Alena Faulkner
M.S. in Genetic Counseling
University of South Carolina

“Elizabeth’s advice and support strengthened my graduate school applications considerably. I thought my background as a Native American from a non-traditional background (military veteran) was a weakness, but she helped me realize that it was really one of big my strengths. Her advice was key to being admitted to and making the final decision about several fine universities, including Tufts and University of Massachusetts Amherst. I ultimately decided to attend University of California Santa Cruz with a $24,000 fellowship, which allows me to focus exclusively on my studies.”

Shawn Tsosie
Doctoral Candidate, Department of Mathematics
University of California Santa Cruz

“Elizabeth and I worked closely to develop a well-researched and balanced list of schools. She informed me that when it came to choosing a medical school, it wasn’t about the name but instead whether it was the right fit for me. In college I majored in chemical engineering and I knew I wanted to take a gap year after graduation. During that gap year, I thought I should take an engineering job, but Elizabeth encouraged me to see that this would be a misstep. Instead she guided me to work in a health care setting before applying to dental schools –volunteering as well as shadowing in a dental office. Ultimately, I was hired to work full-time in a dental office and I believe this made all the difference in the strength of my applications. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is interested in attending a graduate or professional degree school.”

Jennifer Xu
Columbia College of Dental Medicine