Question: I am an Eagle Scout. Will this help me gain admission to a highly selective school like Berkeley?
Being an Eagle Scout will definitely impress admission officers at top colleges. However, as you probably realize, it wonâ€™t replace outstanding grades and test scores. In fact, large state universities like Berkeley rely on a studentâ€™s â€œnumbersâ€ more than on other data and certainly more than smaller, private colleges do.
Nonetheless, your status as an Eagle Scout will indeed show admission officials that you have a level of commitment and knowledge that many other candidates do not. Moreover, some admission officers have a soft spot for the adherence to old-fashioned values that scouting represents.
Make sure that, when you submit your applications, you not only clearly indicate that you are an Eagle Scout but also offer a brief explanation of what you had to accomplish to earn the title. If you have expertise in an usual area as a result of your Eagle Scout projects, then this will also be a plus in the admission process.
By the way, your message suggests that your name is Melissa. An Eagle Scout called â€œMelissaâ€ would really turn admission folksâ€™ heads! :-) (Bet thatâ€™s not you, though.)