Northwestern University is a private, nonprofit school located in the suburban setting of Evanston, IL, less than an hour from Chicago.
Founded in 1851, the institution currently enrolls around 22,072 students a year, including 8,194 undergrads. The institution runs on a quarter academic calendar.
Acceptance rate: 9%
Offers early decision.
Doesn't offer early action.
Get ready! The 2022 regular decision application deadline for Northwestern is January 2
All regular decision applicants should hear back April 1.
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It is extremely difficult to get into Northwestern University. Around 9 percent of all applicants are admitted to Northwestern each year. Out of 39,263 applications received, 3,654 students received an admissions offer.
The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.
Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Northwestern, around 97 percent return for their sophomore year. Out of the 2,044 students who started at Northwestern as first-time freshman, 1,737 graduate within four years.
Northwestern's six-year graduation for undergrads is 95 percent. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.
Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $35,219 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.
Based on this information, how does Northwestern sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is Northwestern a good school for YOU?
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The deadline to apply to Northwestern for Fall 2022 is January 1. All applicants will be notified by April 1.
Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics, majors and more.
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First-Year Applications are Due
The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Northwestern is Jan 3.
The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Northwestern is Mar 15.
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The median ACT score of an admitted student to Northwestern is 33. Students with an ACT score of 35 and above have a good chance of getting into Northwestern. Students with an ACT score that falls between 33 and 35 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 33 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
1540 and Above
1450 to 1540
1450 and Less
The median SAT score for Northwestern students is 1481. Applicants with SAT scores of 1540 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Northwestern, while applicants with SAT scores between 1450 to 1540 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1450 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Northwestern.
Wondering what life at Northwestern is like? There are approximately 21,946 students enrolled at Northwestern, including 8,327 undergraduate students and 13,619 graduate students. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 31% percent are from IL and 69% percent of students are from other states.
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