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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. 1,161 out of 1,338 applicants or 87% 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. Northwestern College typically accepts and attracts B+ average high school students. Only 38% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 783 555 1,338
Accepted 689 472 1,161
Acceptance Rate 88% 85% 87%
Enrolled 248 198 446
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 36% 42% 38%

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 21 and above. 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 95 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Northwestern College.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 990 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 835. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1145 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.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 990 1300
SAT Reading 480 690
SAT Math 510 610
ACT Composite 21 27
ACT English 21 29
ACT Math 20 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
27 and Above Good >92%
24 to 27 Avg + 87%-92%
21 to 24 Avg - 80%-87%
18 to 21 Reach 70%-80%
Less than 18 Low <70%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1300 and Above Good >92%
1145 to 1300 Avg + 87%-92%
990 to 1145 Avg - 80%-87%
835 to 990 Reach 70%-80%
Less than 835 Low <70%

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 3.51 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 87% of all applicants.

What do these ratings mean?

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 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

You have 71 days left until 2017 Fall term applications are due on Aug 1, 2017.

Admission Requirements

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

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

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=174491 IPEDS survey data for Northwestern College.



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