|Applicant Competition||Very High|
Can I get into Northwestern? The school has a 11% acceptance rate. Last year, 3,743 out of 35,100 applicants were admitted making Northwestern a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants. 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, 53% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Northwestern University is a prized outcome for many students.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||710|
|SAT Math 25th||740|
|SAT Composite 25th||1450|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||770|
|SAT Math 75th||800|
|SAT Composite 75th||1570|
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 1450 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 1390. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1510 out of 1600. 38 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.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1570 and Above||Good||>17%|
|1510 to 1570||Avg +||11%-17%|
|1450 to 1510||Avg -||7%-11%|
|1390 to 1450||Reach||4%-7%|
|Less than 1390||Low||<4%|
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||32|
|ACT Math 25th||32|
|ACT Composite 25th||32|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||34|
|ACT Math 75th||34|
|ACT Composite 75th||34|
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. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 71 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Northwestern University.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|34 and Above||Good||>17%|
|33 to 34||Avg +||11%-17%|
|32 to 33||Avg -||7%-11%|
|31 to 32||Reach||4%-7%|
|Less than 31||Low||<4%|
Northwestern University has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||52%||54%||53%|
Applicants have 12 days left until the Fall 2019 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2019.
What are the requirements for admission to Northwestern University and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|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.