UC Personal Insight Questions; Early Decision versus Early Action; Financial Impact of ED versus EA

September 17, 2020
Hosted by Elizabeth Heaton

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The University of California application differs from other platforms in that it requires students to respond to four out of eight personal insight questions with four essays no longer than 350 words each. This week, we will walk you through each of the options and offer writing tips. We’re also exploring early decision and early action—who are these application programs right for and the financial impact of choosing one of these options.

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Elizabeth Heaton

Elizabeth Heaton

Elizabeth Heaton is the senior director of educational consulting and strategic marketing at College Coach, the nation’s leading provider of educational advisory services. Ms. Heaton began her admissions career at the University of Pennsylvania, where she chaired university selection committees, evaluated potential athletic recruits as one of the school’s athletics liaisons, and oversaw the university’s portfolio of admissions publications. She also served as second chair in the selection committee for the school's flagship interdisciplinary Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology. A graduate of Cornell University, Ms. Heaton brings exceptional skills to the craft of essay writing paired with experience reading and evaluating thousands of Penn admissions applications. She is featured regularly in news outlets including Wall Street Journal, USA TODAY, Time, US News and World Report, Boston Globe, and ABC News, among others, and can offer expert advice on a wide range of college admissions topics, from colleges’ expectations for high school curriculum choices and standardized test scores to choosing the right extracurricular activities and essay topics. Prior to joining Penn, Ms. Heaton worked as a public relations professional and served for a decade as a member of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network.

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Episode Directory

September 2020

  • 9/24/2020: Pre-Med Student Advice; Listener Q&A Listen Now
  • 9/17/2020: UC Personal Insight Questions; Early Decision versus Early Action; Financial Impact of ED versus EA Listen Now
  • 9/10/2020: FAFSA and CSS Profile Preview; Georgetown Essays; Applying to College From Abroad Listen Now
  • 9/3/2020: Supplemental Essays & Why This College Prompts; COVID’s Impact on College Finance; Goals for Juniors Listen Now

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