If you are thinking about applying to Northwestern, the regular decision application deadline is January 2 and the application fee is $75. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for an application fee waiver.
Students who apply for Fall should hear back from Northwestern by April 1.
Northwestern University offers early decision but not early action Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.
The early decision acceptance rate at Northwestern is 25%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 9%. Last year,, Northwestern admitted 1096 of the 4399 students who applied early decison.
Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.
Northwestern is aextremely difficult school to get into. Northwestern evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.
In 2021, Northwestern **accepted 9% of students, around 3,654 of the 39,263 students who applied.
Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like Northwestern, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.
Transfer student admissions is very difficult.
Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the areas where you're strong.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Geographical Residence||Not Considered|
|Class Rank||Very Important|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Considered|
|Religious Affiliation/Commitment||Not Considered|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|State Residency||Not Considered|
|Standardized Test Scores||Very Important|
To apply, all applicants to Northwestern must submit the following items. Double check with Northwestern's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
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|Written Essay or Personal Statement||√|
|Other Requirements||√||audition for music program|
|Letter(s) of Recommendation||1|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. Northwestern does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.
Northwestern does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
In 2021, 58% of Northwestern's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 55% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other Northwestern applicants, you should strive to earn between 1430 and 1540 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Northwestern 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1540 and 25% of scored lower than 1430, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Northwestern students scored 790 or higher and 75% of students scored 700 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Northwestern students scored 760 or higher, and 75% scored a 700 or higher.
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To be most competitive at Northwestern, you should strive to earn between 33 and 35 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 35 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Northwestern's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 35, and three out of four students scored lower than 35 on the ACT.
A 33 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Northwestern students. Only one out of every four students scored below 33.
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For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Northwestern.
For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is March 15. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.Applicants should hear back by July 1.
Transfer students can enroll in Northwestern during the following terms: Fall Term
Can I defer my acceptance to Northwestern?
Students who are admitted to Northwestern must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..
Does Northwestern accept transfer credits?
Northwestern accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.
Does Northwestern accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
Northwestern does not accept International Baccalaureate credits but does accept Advanced Placement (AP) credits
Do I have to submit test scores to Northwestern?
Northwestern. is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.
How hard is it to get into Northwestern? Northwestern is a selective institution. The Northwestern acceptance rate is 9%. This means that the institution accepts 9 out of every 100 applicants.
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First-Year Applications are Due
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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