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Northwestern College Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Northwestern College? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 890 out of 1,234 applicants or 72% were admitted making Northwestern College a moderately competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores. Northwestern College typically accepts and attracts B+ average high school students. Only 29% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 686 548 1,234
Accepted 496 394 890
Acceptance Rate 72% 72% 72%
Enrolled 158 102 260
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 32% 26% 29%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Northwestern College 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 College regularly accepts students with ACTs of 22 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 19 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 25 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 93 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Northwestern College.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1020 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 860. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1180 out of 1600. 13 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 1020 1340
SAT Reading 530 670
SAT Math 490 670
ACT Composite 22 28
ACT English 20 28
ACT Math 21 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
28 and Above Good >81%
25 to 28 Avg + 72%-81%
22 to 25 Avg - 60%-72%
19 to 22 Reach 47%-60%
Less than 19 Low <47%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1340 and Above Good >81%
1180 to 1340 Avg + 72%-81%
1020 to 1180 Avg - 60%-72%
860 to 1020 Reach 47%-60%
Less than 860 Low <47%

Estimated GPA Requirements

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 72% of students who apply.

What do these ratings mean?

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 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

You have 85 days left until 2017 Fall term applications are due on Aug 15, 2017.

Admission Requirements

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

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

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=154101 IPEDS survey data for Northwestern College.



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