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Northwestern College Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

93.4%
Admission Difficulty for Northwestern College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsChallenging
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

Can I get into Northwestern College? The school has a 93% acceptance rate. Last year, 1,133 out of 1,213 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 challenging requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 48 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.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1040-1300
Applicants Submitting SAT
8%
SAT Scores for Northwestern College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 540
SAT Math 25th 500
SAT Composite 25th 1040
SAT Scores for Northwestern College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 620
SAT Composite 75th 1300
Estimated Average SAT 1170
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 53 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1040 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 910. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1170 out of 1600. 8 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
1300 and Above Good >96%
1170 to 1300 Avg + 93%-96%
1040 to 1170 Avg - 89%-93%
910 to 1040 Reach 82%-89%
Less than 910 Low <82%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
21-27 
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 27
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 27
Estimated Average ACT 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. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 94 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 >96%
24 to 27 Avg + 93%-96%
21 to 24 Avg - 89%-93%
18 to 21 Reach 82%-89%
Less than 18 Low <82%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Avg. High School GPA
3.51
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 3.51 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. 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 93% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

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

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%

Admission Statistics

Northwestern College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 691 522 1,213
Accepted 657 476 1,133
Acceptance Rate 95% 91% 93%
Enrolled 222 183 405
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 34% 38% 36%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Aug 1, 2019
Days left to Apply
100

Applicants have 100 days left until the Fall 2019 term applications are due on Aug 1, 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 1 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
May 4 May 17
Jun 1 Jul 10
ACT Test Date Scores Available
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 Required
High School Class Rank 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.