How hard is it to get into Northwestern College and can I get accepted? The school has a 71% acceptance rate ranking it #17 in Iowa for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 940 out of 1,316 applicants were admitted making Northwestern College a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Academically, it has challenging requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 47 percent. Northwestern College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 29% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.
Find out which students are getting accepted at Northwestern College, which are not, and how your GPA, SAT, or ACT scores compare.
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|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||530|
|SAT Math 25th||520|
|SAT Composite 25th||1050|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||610|
|SAT Math 75th||640|
|SAT Composite 75th||1250|
|Average SAT Score||1150|
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Northwestern College?
Northwestern College typically requires applicants to be in the top 51 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1050 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 950. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1150 out of 1600. The school ranks #9 in Iowa for highest average SAT composite score. 18 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1250 and Above||Good||>81%|
|1150 to 1250||Avg +||71%-81%|
|1050 to 1150||Avg -||59%-71%|
|950 to 1050||Reach||46%-59%|
|Less than 950||Low||<46%|
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||20|
|ACT Math 25th||20|
|ACT Composite 25th||21|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||27|
|ACT Math 75th||27|
|ACT Composite 75th||27|
|Average ACT Score||24|
What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Northwestern College?
Admission data indicates that Northwestern College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 27 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #9 in Iowa for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 91 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Northwestern College.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|27 and Above||Good||>81%|
|24 to 27||Avg +||71%-81%|
|21 to 24||Avg -||59%-71%|
|18 to 21||Reach||46%-59%|
|Less than 18||Low||<46%|
What GPA do you need to get into Northwestern College?
Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Northwestern College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Northwestern College was 3.53 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #9 in Iowa for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Northwestern College accepts 71% of students who apply.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|3.50 to 3.75||16%||Avg +|
|3.25 to 3.50||15%||Avg -|
|3.00 to 3.25||11%||Avg -|
|2.75 to 3.00||11%||Reach|
|2.50 to 2.75||3%||Reach|
|2.25 to 2.50||N/A%||Low|
|2.00 to 2.25||N/A%||Low|
GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House
54% of Northwestern College freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||26%|
|Top 25% of class||54%|
|Top 50% of class||79%|
|Bottom 50% of class||21%|
|Bottom 25% of class||7%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||30%||28%||29%|
Applicants have 4 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Aug 15, 2020.
What are the requirements for admission to Northwestern College and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Recommended|
|High School Class Rank||Recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|Credit for Life Experiences||No|
|Subject||Percent of Class|
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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=154101 IPEDS survey data for Northwestern College.
18% of students submit their SAT scores to Northwestern College. 91% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
71% of those who apply are granted admission to Northwestern College. Admission competition is low and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1050 and 1250. 18% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 27. 91% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.