Northwestern Admission Chances

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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Northwestern? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 4,190 out of 32,122 applicants or 13% were admitted making Northwestern a very competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores. Only 48% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 16,603 15,519 32,122
Accepted 2,111 2,079 4,190
Acceptance Rate 13% 13% 13%
Enrolled 998 1,020 2,018
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 47% 49% 48%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Northwestern University and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that Northwestern regularly accepts students with ACTs of 31 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 62 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Northwestern University.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1450 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 1390. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1510 out of 1600. 47 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.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1450 1570
SAT Reading 720 780
SAT Math 740 800
ACT Composite 31 34
ACT English 33 35
ACT Math 30 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
34 and Above Good >23%
32 to 34 Avg + 13%-23%
31 to 32 Avg - 9%-13%
30 to 31 Reach 7%-9%
Less than 30 Low <7%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1570 and Above Good >20%
1510 to 1570 Avg + 13%-20%
1450 to 1510 Avg - 8%-13%
1390 to 1450 Reach 5%-8%
Less than 1390 Low <5%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Northwestern University has not reported high school GPA data for its freshman class at this time.

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2017.

Admission Requirements

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

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

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

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=147767 IPEDS survey data for Northwestern University.

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