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Northwestern Early Decision Results Release Date 2021

Northwestern will release their Early Decision results on Friday December 17th. Share results and connect with other early applicants in the Northwestern Community discussion.

Good luck to all early applicants!

Northwestern University Overview

Northwestern University is a private, nonprofit school in a suburban setting in Evanston, Illinois. Northwestern was founded in 1851 and now enrolls around 22,072 students a year, including 8,194 undergrads. Northwestern offers on-campus housing for students.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Northwestern! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of Northwestern's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Northwestern students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? Northwestern has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Northwestern has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Northwestern on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at Northwestern on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! January 2, 2022 is the final deadline to submit an application for Fall. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should find out if they got admitted by April 1.

2021 Northwestern Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Quarter
Overall Acceptance Rate 9%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 25%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 58%
Tuition $60,276

Is Northwestern a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a closer look at all of these areas to get a clearer sense of what Northwestern offers and if it could be a good choice for you.

Northwestern Acceptance Rate 2021

It is extremely difficult to get into Northwestern. Around 9% of applicants get into Northwestern each year. In 2021, just 3,654 out of the 39,263 students who applied were accepted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Northwestern

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 97% of students who start at Northwestern come back for their second year of college. Around 95% of students who started at Northwestern earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for Northwestern Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Northwestern

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. Northwestern meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Northwestern full-time are awarded $55,856 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $35,219 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Northwestern. Based on this information, how does Northwestern sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Northwestern a good school for you?

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Where is Northwestern?

Northwestern is located in the suburban setting of Evanston, Illinois, less than an hour from Chicago.

If you want to see Northwestern for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 94 to Evanston, or book a flight to the nearest airport, O'Hare International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Northwestern and Evanston are like without leaving home.

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College Info

633 Clark Street Evanston, IL 60208

Campus Setting: Suburban

Northwestern Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 2

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Northwestern is Jan 2.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Northwestern is Mar 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Northwestern ACT Scores


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33 - 35

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1430 - 1540


Math SAT Range

730 - 790


Reading SAT Range

700 - 760

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Wondering what life at Northwestern is like? There are approximately 22,072 students enrolled at Northwestern, including 8,194 undergraduate students and 13,878 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 30% percent are from IL and 70% percent of students are from other states.


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