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Northwestern Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Northwestern University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
9.2%
Admission Difficulty for Northwestern University
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Applicant CompetitionExtreme

How hard is it to get into Northwestern and can I get accepted? The school has a 9% acceptance rate ranking it #2 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 3,442 out of 37,259 applicants were admitted making Northwestern an extremely competitive school to get into with a very low chance of acceptance - even for applicants with the highest scores and grades.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 2 percent. Of those applicants who were admitted, 55% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Northwestern University is a prized outcome for many students. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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Northwestern SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1470-1570
Applicants Submitting SAT
35%
SAT Scores for Northwestern University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 720
SAT Math 25th 750
SAT Composite 25th 1470
SAT Scores for Northwestern University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 770
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1570
Average SAT Score 1520

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Northwestern University?

Northwestern University typically requires applicants to be in the top 2 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1470 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1420. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1520 out of 1600. The school ranks #2 in Illinois for highest average SAT composite score. 35 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Northwestern University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1570 and Above Good >14%
1520 to 1570 Avg + 9%-14%
1470 to 1520 Avg - 5%-9%
1420 to 1470 Reach 3%-5%
Less than 1420 Low <3%
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Northwestern ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
32-34 
Applicants Submitting ACT
77%
ACT Scores for Northwestern University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 32
ACT Math 25th 32
ACT Composite 25th 32
ACT Scores for Northwestern University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 34
ACT Composite 75th 34
Average ACT Score 33

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Northwestern?

Admission data indicates that Northwestern regularly accepts students with ACT's of 32 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 3 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 31 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 33 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #2 in Illinois for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 77 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Northwestern University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Northwestern University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
34 and Above Good >14%
33 to 34 Avg + 9%-14%
32 to 33 Avg - 5%-9%
31 to 32 Reach 3%-5%
Less than 31 Low <3%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Northwestern University has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

High School Class Rank

91% of Northwestern University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Northwestern University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 9%
Top 25% of class 91%
Top 50% of class 100%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

Northwestern University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 19,306 17,953 37,259
Accepted 1,766 1,676 3,442
Acceptance Rate 9% 9% 9%
Enrolled 981 922 1,903
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 56% 55% 55%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
109

Applicants have 109 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Northwestern before the Jan 1 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 5 Oct 18
Nov 2 Nov 15
Dec 7 Dec 20
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Sep 14 Sep 24
Oct 26 Nov 14
Dec 14 Dec 24

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Northwestern University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Northwestern University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Northwestern University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=147767 IPEDS survey data for Northwestern University.