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Northwestern College Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

65.5%
Admission Difficulty for Northwestern College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsChallenging
Applicant CompetitionLow

Can I get into Northwestern College? The school has a 66% acceptance rate. Last year, 1,441 out of 2,199 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 52 percent. Northwestern College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1000-1240
Applicants Submitting SAT
16%
SAT Scores for Northwestern College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 490
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 1000
SAT Scores for Northwestern College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 610
SAT Math 75th 630
SAT Composite 75th 1240
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 60 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1000 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 880. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1120 out of 1600. 16 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 College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1240 and Above Good >77%
1120 to 1240 Avg + 66%-77%
1000 to 1120 Avg - 53%-66%
880 to 1000 Reach 40%-53%
Less than 880 Low <40%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
21-28 
Applicants Submitting ACT
92%
ACT Scores for Northwestern College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 20
ACT Math 25th 21
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for Northwestern College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 27
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 28
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 28 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 92 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
28 and Above Good >78%
24 to 28 Avg + 66%-78%
21 to 24 Avg - 55%-66%
18 to 21 Reach 44%-55%
Less than 18 Low <44%

Estimated GPA Requirements

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. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Northwestern College accepts 66% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Northwestern College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
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

Admission Statistics

Northwestern College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,277 922 2,199
Accepted 823 618 1,441
Acceptance Rate 64% 67% 66%
Enrolled 147 135 282
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 22% 20%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Aug 15, 2019
Days left to Apply
240

Applicants have 240 days left until the Fall 2019 term applications are due on Aug 15, 2019.

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
Mar 9 Mar 22
May 4 May 17
Jun 1 Jul 10
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Feb 9 Feb 20
Apr 13 Apr 23
Jun 8 Jun 18
Jul 13 Jul 23

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.