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SAT scores needed to get into Northwestern University

Average Score and SAT Requirements

Average SAT Score 1490

The average composite SAT score for admitted Northwestern University freshman is 1490 out of 1600. Northwestern students have the 21st highest average SAT score in the United States. For perspective, a 1490 is in the 99th percentile of all SAT test takers.

SAT Score Range 1430 to 1550

The middle fifty percent of incoming students have SAT composite scores ranging from 1430 to 1550. The 75th percentile score is 1550 while the 25th percentile score is 1430.

Minimum SAT score requirement

The lowest SAT score accepted is not reported by Northwestern but we estimate it to be around a 1370 total composite SAT score.

Average SAT Math Score 760

The average score for Northwestern students on the math portion of the SAT is 760 out of 800. The 25th percentile of students score a 730 and the 75th percentile score 790.

Average SAT Reading Score 730

The 25th and 75th percentile range for SAT reading scores range from 700 to 760 and the average score for Northwestern University students is 730.

Number of Students Submitting SAT Scores

45 percent of students submit SAT scores with their application to Northwestern University

Admission Chances by SAT Score

Below are estimated chances of being accepted at Northwestern University based on SAT score ranges and the overall admission rate of 9.3%. These chances assume you have an average GPA for the school, around 3.92.

Can I get into Northwestern with a 1550 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Very Good

An SAT score of 1550 or higher is very competitive at Northwestern and is a better score than three quarters of students who are accepted. While having an above average chance of acceptance, admission is extremely competitive. The estimated chance of being accepted is around 16% or higher.

Can I get into Northwestern with a 1490 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Above Average

Scores between 1490 to 1540 are above average giving you an advantage over most applicants. While scores in this range are higher than many who apply, admission is extremely competitive. The estimated chance of being accepted is around 9% to 14%.

Can I get into Northwestern with a 1430 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Below Average

SAT scores between 1430 to 1480 are still in the middle range of accepted students a but a little lower than the average. You can get in and have about a 5% to 8% percent chance of being admitted.

Can I get into Northwestern with a 1370 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Reach

SAT scores from 1370 to 1420 are on the very low end of the range where students are accepted. Scores in this range are not competitive with most other applicants but you still have a chance. We estimate scores in this range have less than a 4% chance of admission to Northwestern. SAT scores below 1370 likely fall out of the range where students are regularly accepted.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class
Admission chances to Northwestern University by SAT score
SAT Score Admission Chances
1600 24%
1590 22%
1580 21%
1570 19%
1560 17%
1550 16%
1540 14%
1530 13%
1520 12%
1510 11%
1500 10%
1490 9%
1480 8%
1470 7%
1460 7%
1450 6%
1440 5%
1430 5%
1420 4%
1410 4%
1400 4%
1390 3%
1380 3%
1370 3%
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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=147767 IPEDS survey data for Northwestern University.