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Northwestern College Admission Requirements

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Chances of getting into Northwestern College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
91.8%
Admission Difficulty for Northwestern College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionVery Low
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How hard is it to get into Northwestern College and can I get accepted? The school has a 92% acceptance rate ranking it #35 in Minnesota for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,141 out of 1,243 applicants were admitted making Northwestern College an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 41 percent. Northwestern College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 36% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. Northwestern College is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Northwestern College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1110-1330
Applicants Submitting SAT
7%
SAT Scores for Northwestern College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 560
SAT Math 25th 550
SAT Composite 25th 1110
SAT Scores for Northwestern College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 660
SAT Math 75th 670
SAT Composite 75th 1330
Average SAT Score 1220

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Northwestern College?

Northwestern College typically prefers applicants to be in the top 39 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1110 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 1000. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1220 out of 1600. The school ranks #7 in Minnesota for highest average SAT composite score. 7 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Northwestern College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1330 and Above Good >95%
1220 to 1330 Avg + 92%-95%
1110 to 1220 Avg - 87%-92%
1000 to 1110 Reach 80%-87%
Less than 1000 Low <80%
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Northwestern College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
21-28 
Applicants Submitting ACT
94%
ACT Scores for Northwestern College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 20
ACT Math 25th 19
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for Northwestern College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 30
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 28
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 28 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #11 in Minnesota for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 94 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Northwestern College.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Northwestern College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
28 and Above Good >95%
24 to 28 Avg + 92%-95%
21 to 24 Avg - 88%-92%
18 to 21 Reach 82%-88%
Less than 18 Low <82%
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Northwestern College GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.51
Typical High School Grades
B+

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 3.51 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #12 in Minnesota for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.51 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Northwestern College accepts 92% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Northwestern College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 40% Good
3.50 to 3.75 21% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 15% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 10% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 10% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 4% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

51% 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 21%
Top 25% of class 51%
Top 50% of class 80%
Bottom 50% of class 20%
Bottom 25% of class 3%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Northwestern College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 713 530 1,243
Accepted 657 484 1,141
Acceptance Rate 92% 91% 92%
Enrolled 233 177 410
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 35% 37% 36%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jun 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
248

Applicants have 248 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Jun 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Northwestern College is $25.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Northwestern College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Northwestern College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies 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=174491 IPEDS survey data for Northwestern College.

FAQs

Does Northwestern College prefer SAT or ACT?

7% of students submit their SAT scores to Northwestern College. 94% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Northwestern College?

92% of those who apply are granted admission to Northwestern College. Admission competition is and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Northwestern College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1110 and 1330. 7% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Northwestern College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 28. 94% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.