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Northwestern College Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Northwestern College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
71.4%
Admission Difficulty for Northwestern College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsChallenging
Applicant CompetitionLow

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.

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Northwestern College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1050-1250
Applicants Submitting SAT
18%
SAT Scores for Northwestern College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 530
SAT Math 25th 520
SAT Composite 25th 1050
SAT Scores for Northwestern College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 610
SAT Math 75th 640
SAT Composite 75th 1250
Average SAT Score 1150

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 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. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Northwestern College admission chances by SAT score
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%
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Northwestern College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
21-27 
Applicants Submitting ACT
91%
ACT Scores for Northwestern College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 20
ACT Math 25th 20
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for Northwestern College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 27
ACT Math 75th 27
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 91 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Northwestern College.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Northwestern College admission chances by ACT score
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%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.53
Typical High School Grades
B+

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 #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.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Northwestern College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 44% Good
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

High School Class Rank

54% of Northwestern College freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Northwestern College students
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%

Admission Statistics

Northwestern College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 541 775 1,316
Accepted 427 513 940
Acceptance Rate 79% 66% 71%
Enrolled 127 144 271
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 30% 28% 29%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Aug 15, 2020
Days left to Apply
127

Applicants have 127 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
May 2 May 15
Jun 6 Jul 15
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Jun 13 Jun 23
Jul 18 Jul 28

Admission Requirements

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

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

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Northwestern College
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=154101 IPEDS survey data for Northwestern College.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.