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University of Northwestern-St. Paul

St. Paul, MN 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate82%
Acceptance Rate82%

About Northwestern

University of Northwestern-St. Paul Overview

University of Northwestern-St. Paul is a private, religious school in a suburban setting in St. Paul, Minnesota. Northwestern was founded in 1902 and the school currently enrolls around 3,398 students per year, including 3,289 undergrads. Northwestern provides housing for up to 979 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 68% of students spend their weekends on campus.

📆 Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2023 is August 1.

Student Involvement at Northwestern

Are you interested in music or performing? 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.

Northwestern does not have any fraternities or sororities, do it might be a good option if Greek life isn't a priority for you.

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.

2022 Northwestern Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 82%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.6
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 6%
Tuition $34,490
Percent of Need Met 77%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $24,530

Is Northwestern a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

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

2022 Acceptance Rate for University of Northwestern-St. Paul

Northwestern is moderately difficult to get into. Around 82% of applicants get into Northwestern each year. Last year, 1,415 students applied to Northwestern and 1,165 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Northwestern

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

Approximately 81% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Northwesternreturn for the next year. Around 67% of students who started at Northwestern earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Northwestern Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. 83% of graduates from Northwestern recieve at least one full-time job offer within six months of graduating.

Check with Northwestern directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

University of Northwestern-St. Paul's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Northwestern's endowment was valued at $23.5 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, Northwestern spends about $7,404 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Northwestern

Tuition 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 77% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $24,530 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $43,483 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. 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, does Northwestern seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! 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 St. Paul, Minnesota, less than an hour from Minneapolis-St. Paul.

If you are interested in seeing Northwestern for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 35 to St. Paul, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul International.

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

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College Info

3003 Snelling Avenue North St. Paul, MN 55113-1598

Campus Setting: Suburban

Northwestern Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Northwestern is Aug 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Northwestern is Aug 1.

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

Northwestern ACT Scores


ACT Range

21 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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28 and Above


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Northwestern is 25. Students with an ACT score of 28 and above have a good chance of getting into Northwestern. Students with an ACT score that falls between 21 and 28 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 21 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Northwestern SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1150 - 1340


Math SAT Range

570 - 670


Reading SAT Range

570 - 670

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1340 and Above


1150 to 1340


1150 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Northwestern students is 1236. Applicants with SAT scores of 1340 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Northwestern, while applicants with SAT scores between 1150 to 1340 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1150 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Northwestern.

Northwestern Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Northwestern is like? There are approximately 3,398 students enrolled at Northwestern, including 3,289 undergraduate students and 109 graduate students. 61% percent of students attend school full-time, 78% percent are from MN and 22% percent of students are from other states.


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