Leslie Escobedo

Assistant Director

B.S. Public Health Science and Political Science minor
University of California, Irvine



As the eldest daughter of Mexican immigrants, I am a first-generation college graduate currently working in higher education to make a difference in my community through advocacy and empowerment. I was born in San Bernardino, California, and grew up in Baldwin Park, California, where I have resided most of my life. Once I graduated high school, I became the first in my family to attend a four-year institution and receive my bachelor’s degree from UC Irvine (#zotzotzot).

Throughout my undergraduate career, I worked with the UCI Office of Undergraduate Admissions as a Campus Representative, where my journey in higher education began. Seeing the impact that I was able to create sparked a passion to serve as many communities as possible in pursuing higher education, especially those that may not have the resources or support to do so. Post-graduation, I began working as an Admissions Counselor for High School Services at UC Santa Barbara for the last three years. Having navigated the college application process by myself without having the adequate preparation, along with where I am now and all that I have accomplished, continues to motivate me in empowering our students to fulfill their highest potential.


Why USC?

USC is an incredible blend of academic success and collaborative community. When you attend a large, private research institution, not only will you find an endless number of opportunities and resources to help you succeed in your future endeavors, but you will also find a diverse, tight-knit community and a sense of belonging.


Admission Advice:

As someone who knew nothing about college, the best piece of advice I can give is to be your most authentic self. Having worked in college admissions for the last few years, I’ve learned that the best thing a student can do is be themselves, as cheesy as that may seem. We do not have a “cookie cutter” version of what the perfect USC student is; everyone has their own unique story, and that is something we truly wish to know more about in the admission process. My last piece of advice is to also give yourself grace and patience and celebrate your accomplishments. Whether you are the first in your family to go to college or you had multiple generations go before you, your journey and experiences are as unique and important as anyone else’s, so be proud of how far you have come!


Movies: Nacho Libre (2006), Us (2019), Moulin Rouge (2001)
TV Shows: How To Get Away with Murder, Game of Thrones, Money Heist, Jane the Virgin
Favorite Snack: Hot Cheetos with cheese
Musical Performers: Bad Bunny, La Energía Norteña, Carla Morrison
Book: I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez
Quote:Pies, ¿para qué los quiero si tengo alas para volar?” — Frida Kahlo