Applying to Northwestern

Admission Scoreboard
Acceptance Rate 7.00%
Yield 63.00%
SAT Score 1,520
ACT Score 35
Applicants 47,636

Applying To Northwestern

For the academic year 2021-22, the acceptance rate is 7% at Northwestern University where a total of 47,636 students applied and 3,335 were accepted. The average SAT score of enrolled students is 1,520 and the average ACT score is 35. It requires four items and recommends 2 articles to submit to their applicants.
The following table describes the general admission information for applying to Northwestern.
Open Admission Policy
Undergraduate Application Fees$75
Graduate Application Fees$95
Admission Informationwww.northwestern.edu/admissions/
Online Applicationwww.northwestern.edu/admissions/
Acceptance Rate7%
Average Test Scores1,520 SAT / 35 ACT
Credits AcceptedAdvanced placement (AP) Credits

Acceptance Rate, Yield, and Headcounts

For the academic year 2021-2022, the acceptance rate is 7.00% where a total of 47,636 students (21,781 men and 25,855 women) have applied to Northwestern and 3,335 (1,525 men and 1,810 women) students have been admitted to the school.
Among them, 976 male and 1,122 female students have enrolled into Northwestern and its yield, also known as enrollment rate is 63.00%. The following table shows the admission statistics including admission stats, acceptance rate, and yield.
Admission Statistics at Northwestern
Acceptance Rate 7.00% 7.00% 7.00%
Yield (Enrollment Rate) 63.00% 64.00% 61.99%
[Chart] Acceptance Rate and Yield

Average SAT and ACT Scores

At Northwestern, 906 applicants (43% of enrolled) have submitted their SAT scores and 805 applicants (39%) have submitted their ACT scores for seeking degrees.
The average SAT score of those who submitted scores is 1,520 and the average ACT score is 35 at Northwestern. SAT 75th percentile score is 1,570 and 25th percentile score is 1,470. For ACT scores, the 75th percentile score is 106 and the 25th percentile score is 101. The following table shows the detailed SAT and ACT scores distribution of enrolled students at Northwestern.
Average SAT and ACT Scores at Northwestern
25th Percentile75th Percentile
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing720770
SAT Math750800
ACT Composite3435
ACT Math3235
ACT English3536
[Chart] SAT Scores by Subject
[Chart] ACT Scores by Subject

Admission Requirements

Northwestern University requires 4 item(s) (High School Record (or Transcript), Completion of College Preparatory Program, Recommendations, TOEFL) and recommends 2 articles (High School GPA, High School Rank) to submit to their applicants. In addition, 1 item(s) (Admission Test Scores) are considered but not required to submit.
Application Requirements for Northwestern
High School GPA
High School Rank
High School Record (or Transcript)
Completion of College Preparatory Program
Formal Demonstration of Competencies
Admission Test Scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
Required △ Considered (not Required) ✓ Recommended ✗ Neither Required nor Recommended

Calendar System and Accepted Credits

The calendar system at Northwestern University is Quarter. Northwestern University accepts Advanced placement (AP) Credits. Next table describes credits that Northwestern University accepts.
Calendar SystemQuarter
Dual Credits
Credits for Life Experiences
Advanced placement (AP) Credits
Credit for military training