Northwestern College Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into Northwestern College
How hard is it to get into Northwestern College and can I get accepted? The school has a 68% acceptance rate ranking it #18 in Iowa for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,334 out of 1,959 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 45 percent. Northwestern College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.
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Northwestern College SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT12%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||540|
|SAT Math 25th||530|
|SAT Composite 25th||1070|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||650|
|SAT Math 75th||660|
|SAT Composite 75th||1310|
|Average SAT Score||1190|
SAT Scores you need to get in
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Northwestern College?
Northwestern College typically requires applicants to be in the top 47 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1070 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 1190 out of 1600. The school ranks #12 in Iowa for highest average SAT composite score. 12 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|
|1310 and Above||Good||>78%|
|1190 to 1310||Avg +||68%-78%|
|1070 to 1190||Avg -||56%-68%|
|950 to 1070||Reach||42%-56%|
|Less than 950||Low||<42%|
Northwestern College ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT90%
|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||28|
|ACT Math 75th||26|
|ACT Composite 75th||27|
|Average ACT Score||24|
ACT Scores needed to get accepted
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 90 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Northwestern College.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|27 and Above||Good||>78%|
|24 to 27||Avg +||68%-78%|
|21 to 24||Avg -||56%-68%|
|18 to 21||Reach||42%-56%|
|Less than 18||Low||<42%|
Avg. High School GPA3.53
Typical High School GradesB+
You will need 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 #8 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 68% of students who apply.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Admission Chances|
|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|
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)||20%||23%||21%|
Applications are DueAug 15, 2020
Days left to Apply327
Applicants have 327 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Aug 15, 2020.
Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Northwestern College before the Aug 15 application deadline.
|SAT Test Date||Scores Available|
|Oct 5||Oct 18|
|Nov 2||Nov 15|
|Dec 7||Dec 20|
|Mar 14||Mar 27|
|May 2||May 15|
|Jun 6||Jul 15|
|ACT Test Date||Scores Available|
|Oct 26||Nov 14|
|Dec 14||Dec 24|
|Feb 8||Feb 19|
|Apr 4||Apr 14|
|Jun 13||Jun 23|
|Jul 18||Jul 28|
What are the requirements for admission to Northwestern College and what considerations affect 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|
Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=154101 IPEDS survey data for Northwestern College.