Admissions Essay Face-Off: UC Personal Insight Questions vs. Common App's Personal Statement

Join our former UCLA and UCSD admissions officers on Thursday, June 27 at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET to learn how your child can craft four standout short essays that will help lift their UC application above the average pack.  

Join the thousands of Collegewise students who we've helped to conquer their UC applications!

Joel (UCLA) and Margo (UCSD) are two former UC admissions officers who will show you how these UC Personal Insight Questions (PIQs) are very different from other types of college essays.

In this webinar, your family will discover:

  • How students should use their 4 PIQ selections to best show their strengths.
  • What UC admissions officers are seeking in their applicants.
  • What challenges do students often face when writing these types of essays, and how do they overcome them?

BONUS: Receive a free copy of our trusted UC application guide after you attend our event. Register today!

Inside the UC App Guide

Your Speakers

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Joel Ontiveros

Former UCLA Assistant Director of Admission & Collegewise Counselor

Joel Ontiveros has been reading UC applications for eight years. He attended UCLA and got his first job out of college working as an Admissions Officer and then as an Assistant Director for his alma mater. Eventually he joined the Banana Slugs at UC Santa Cruz where he worked as a Regional Admissions Representative and primarily recruited out of state. Joel was pleasantly surprised to find out that UCLA (the most applied to university in the country) actually has humans read every application at least twice. He believes in the transformative power of the UC system - even with all its quirks and issues. 


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Margo Macready

Former UCSD Admissions Officer & Collegewise Counselor

Margo Macready fell in love with college admissions as a tour guide at the University of Redlands. She decided to turn that passion into a career and never looked back. She served as an Assistant Director of Admissions at her alma mater and as an Admissions Officer at University of California San Diego. While at UCSD, she trained and managed a team of 30 evaluators for freshman application review. Margo’s worked with students across the globe and has read nearly 20,000 applications, including freshman, transfer, and international files. She channels her experience with a liberal arts college and a research institution to help students find a great college fit

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