High School to College

June 23, 2022

Does Applying to More Highly Selective Schools Increase Your Chance of Getting Admitted?

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD My colleagues and I were looking for a statistical explanation to help explain to parents why […]
February 28, 2022

Managing Student Stress in the Pandemic and Beyond

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD Many students grow up in communities that expect extraordinary achievement both in and out of the […]
September 7, 2021

Colleges are “getting back to normal” – or are they?

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD Most colleges planned on fall 2021 being a time to return to in-person education. Yet the […]
June 30, 2021

The Illusion of Test Optional Colleges

With the COVID-19 epidemic and the onset of nearly universal distance learning for all high school students, both parents and […]
June 10, 2021

Buyer Beware! The Ethics of College Essay Workshops

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD It is important to understand some fundamental truths about college essays.  First, many parents ask me […]
May 18, 2021

Trends for the Class of 2022 to Consider

Understanding the reality of today’s college application process is an important element in managing expectations. For instance, the notion that […]
February 24, 2021

Honors Colleges and Honors Programs: Key Differences

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD Honors programs and honors colleges are ways for academically talented students to reap the rewards of […]
January 26, 2021

Hastened by COVID, A Test Optional Experiment Is Underway in College Admission

By Elizabeth LaScala, PhD The movement toward optional use of standardized tests date back to 1969 when Bowdoin College in […]
January 6, 2021

A Deluge of Deferrals—The Role COVID Played in the Early Action Cycle

By Elizabeth LaScala PhD When the pandemic first hit, many worried that applications for admission would decrease in much the […]