Northwestern University (NU)

Evanston, IL

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Northwestern University

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Northwestern University Applicant Information

Important Admissions Deadlines

Application Deadline January 1
SAT / ACT Scores Due January 15
SAT II Scores Due January 15
College Will Notify April 15

Admission Rate

  • Men
  • Women
  Men Women Total
Applied 14,705 16,221 30,926
Accepted 2,732 2,843 5,575
Acceptance Rate 19% 18% 18%
Enrolled 1,028 1,079 2,107

NU Test Scores

Note: All test score ranges and GPA are approximations based on available data. Falling within a school’s displayed range for test scores and/or GPA does not guarantee admission to that school.


SAT Scores

(65% of Students Admitted to Northwestern University Submit SAT Scores)

  • Verbal 680 to 760
  • Math 700 to 780
  • Writing 680 to 770
  • Verbal
  • Math
  • Writing
Category Verbal Math Writing
Top 75th Percentile 760 780 770
Bottom 25th Percentile 680 700 680

ACT Scores

(80% of Students Admitted to Northwestern University Submit ACT Scores)

  • Verbal 31 to 35
  • Math 32 to 35
  • Composite 31 to 34
  • Verbal
  • Math
  • Composite
  Verbal Math Composite
Top 75th Percentile 35 35 34
Bottom 25th Percentile 31 32 31

Northwestern University Application Requirements

  Required Recommended Considered
Application Fee ($65)   Very Important
High School Diploma or Equivalent     Not Considered
High School GPA   Very Important
High School Rank   Very Important
High School Transcript   Very Important
Recommendations   Important
Essay     Very Important
Extracurricular Activities     Important
Volunteer Work     Considered
Standardized Test Score(s)   Very Important
Interview     Considered
Competencies     Not Considered
TOEFL   Very Important

High School Prerequisites

Subject Years Required Years Recommended
Electives 1
English 4
Foreign Language 2
Math 3
Science 2
Social Studies 2
Lab 2
Electives 1 1

Northwestern University Admissons Requirements for Transfers

  Required Recommended Considered
Application Fee ($65)   Very Important
Credits (minimum 24)   Very Important
GPA (minimum 3.00)   Very Important
High School Transcript   Very Important
College Transcript   Very Important
Essay/Personal Statement   Very Important
Interview   Very Important
Standardized Test Scores   Very Important
Statement of Good Standing
from Prior Institution(s)
  Very Important

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