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Northwest University Admission Requirements

Kirkland, Washington

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Your chances of getting into Northwest University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Northwest University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Challenging 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Northwest University is 96%.  Its admission rate is the 18th lowest in Washington.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Northwest University and can you get accepted?

Northwest University is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 454 out of the 473 who applied were admitted.

The school has challenging admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 27 percent on standardized admission tests. Northwest University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.41. 36% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Northwest University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.41 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1100 on the SAT
  • Score 28 on the ACT

Northwest University GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Northwest University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Northwest University are to have around a 3.41 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.41 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Northwest University accepts 96% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Northwest University is 3.41 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #14 in Washington for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Northwest University is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.4 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Northwest University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 17.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 25.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 17.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 12.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 14.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 11.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 3.0% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0% Reach
less than 1.00 0.0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Northwest University SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Northwest University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 19% of students submitted SAT scores and 9% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Northwest University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 495
Math 25th Percentile 490
Composite 25th Percentile 985
SAT Scores for Northwest University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 620
Math 75th Percentile 590
Composite 75th Percentile 1210
Average SAT Score 1100

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Northwest University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Northwest University is 1100 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 985-1210. Students who get into Northwest University score in the top 100 percent of all SAT test takers..  Northwest University ranks #15 in the state of Washington for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1100 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Northwest University regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 985 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 985, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 870, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Northwest University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1100 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1097, you have around a 96% chance of being admitted. A 1210 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 98% chance of getting in.

Northwest University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1210 and Above Good >98%
1097 to 1210 Avg + 96%-98%
985 to 1097 Avg - 93%-96%
873 to 985 Reach 87%-93%
Less than 873 Low <87%
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Northwest University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Northwest University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 22
Math 25th Percentile 22
Composite 25th Percentile 24
ACT Scores for Northwest University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 35
Math 75th Percentile 30
Composite 75th Percentile 32
Average ACT Score 28

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Northwest University?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Northwest University is 28, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 24 and 32.  The school ranks #5 in Washington and #213 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 28. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 24 and score in the score in the top 27 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 20.

9 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Northwest University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Northwest University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Northwest University for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 28 score has around 96% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 98% with a 32 ACT score.

Northwest University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
32 and Above Good >98%
28 to 32 Avg + 96%-98%
24 to 28 Avg - 93%-96%
20 to 24 Reach 87%-93%
Less than 20 Low <87%
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Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Northwest University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 325 148 473
Accepted 314 140 454
Acceptance Rate 97% 95% 96%
Enrolled 107 58 165
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 34% 41% 36%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Aug 1, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 163 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Aug 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Northwest University is $30.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Northwest University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Northwest University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Neither required nor recommended
Recommendations Considered but not required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Northwest University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Northwest University is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.41 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1100 and ACT of 28 will almost guarantee your admission.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to Northwest University often consider these colleges

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=236133 IPEDS survey data for Northwest University.


Does Northwest University prefer SAT or ACT?

19% of students submit their SAT scores to Northwest University. 9% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Northwest University?

96% of those who apply are granted admission to Northwest University. Admission competition is and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Northwest University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 985 and 1210. The average SAT score is 1097. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Northwest University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 24 and 32. The average ACT score is 28. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.