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Northwestern Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Northwestern, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is August 1 and the fee for the application costs $25. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Considering Applying Early to Northwestern?

University of Northwestern-St. Paul does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark your calendar! The Early Action deadline is November 15, which is coming up fast! Northwestern will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 1. Northwestern accepts about 82% of early action applicants* and 92% all applicants for all deadlines.. In 2021, Northwestern admitted 198 of the 24 who applied early action.

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.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is Northwestern Hard To Get Into?

Northwestern is amoderately difficult school to get into. Northwestern evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Northwestern accepted 92% of all applicants., around 996 of the 1,080 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Northwestern, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

What's Most Important to Get In to Northwestern?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. 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 prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Northwestern

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Important

Northwestern Application Requirements

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.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School Gpa (On 4.0 Scale) 2 3
Interview
Other Requirements lifestyle agreement, statement of Christian faith
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Northwestern?

Students admitted to Northwestern have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 43% submitted a class rank. At Northwestern 29% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 50% were in the top 25% and 80% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of Northwestern-St. Paul, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 43%
3.75 and 3.99 46%
3.50 and 3.74 16%
3.25 and 3.49 14%
3.00 and 3.24 10%
2.50 and 2.9 6%
2.00 and 2.49 3%
Northwestern does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Northwestern is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 9% of Northwestern's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 91% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Northwestern?

To be competitive with other Northwestern applicants, you should strive to earn between 1090 and 1290 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Northwestern 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1290 and 25% of scored lower than 1090, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Northwestern student is 1178.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Northwestern students scored 643 or higher and 75% of students scored 530 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Northwestern students scored 650 or higher, and 75% scored a 530 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Northwestern?

To be most competitive at Northwestern, you should strive to earn between 21 and 27 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Northwestern's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 27, and three out of four students scored lower than 27 on the ACT.

A 21 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Northwestern students. Only one out of every four students scored below 21.

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Transferring to University of Northwestern-St. Paul

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Northwestern.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is August 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Northwestern during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term Summer Term

Northwestern Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Northwestern?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Northwestern.

Does Northwestern accept transfer credits?

Northwestern accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Northwestern accepts:

DSST/DANTES ACE recommendations for credit

Does Northwestern accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Northwestern accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Northwestern?

No, Northwestern is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is Northwestern's acceptance rate?

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What is the early action acceptance rate at Northwestern?

The early action acceptance rate at Northwestern was 82% in 2021.

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Northwestern Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

92%

How hard is it to get into Northwestern? Northwestern is a somewhat selective institution. The Northwestern acceptance rate is 92%. This means that the institution accepts 92 out of every 100 applicants.

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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

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ACT Range

21 - 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

27 and Above

Good

21 to 27

Avg

21 and Less

Low

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Northwestern is 24. Students with an ACT score of 27 and above have a good chance of getting into Northwestern. Students with an ACT score that falls between 21 and 27 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

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Composite SAT Range

1090 - 1290

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Math SAT Range

530 - 643

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Reading SAT Range

530 - 650

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1290 and Above

Good

1090 to 1290

Avg

1090 and Less

Low

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Northwestern students is 1178. Applicants with SAT scores of 1290 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Northwestern, while applicants with SAT scores between 1090 to 1290 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1090 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Northwestern.

Northwestern GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.6

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Northwestern, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.6. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

3,506

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

92%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$34,180

Out-of-State

$34,180

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Aug 1
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