Applying to Northwestern

Admission Scoreboard
Acceptance Rate 9.31%
Yield 52.03%
SAT Score 1,490
ACT Score 34
Applicants 39,263

Applying To Northwestern

For the academic year 2020-21, the acceptance rate is 9.31% at Northwestern University where a total of 39,263 students applied and 3,654 were accepted. The average SAT score of enrolled students is 1,490 and the average ACT score is 34. It requires six items and recommends 1 articles to submit to their applicants. The following table describes the general admission information for applying to Northwestern University.
Open Admission Policy
Undergraduate Application Fees$75
Graduate Application Fees$95
Admission Informationwww.northwestern.edu/admissions/
Online Applicationwww.northwestern.edu/admissions/
Acceptance Rate9%
Average Test Scores1,490 SAT / 34 ACT
Credits AcceptedAdvanced placement (AP) Credits

Acceptance Rate, Yield, and Headcounts

For the academic year 2020-2021, the acceptance rate is 9.31% where a total of 39,263 students (18,990 men and 20,273 women) have applied to Northwestern and 3,654 (1,670 men and 1,984 women) students have been admitted to the school. Among them, 867 male and 1,034 female students have enrolled into Northwestern and its yield, also known as enrollment rate is 52.03%. The following table shows the admission statistics including admission stats, acceptance rate, and yield.
Admission Statistics at Northwestern
Acceptance Rate 9.31% 8.79% 9.79%
Yield (Enrollment Rate) 52.03% 51.92% 52.12%
[Chart] Acceptance Rate and Yield

Average SAT and ACT Scores

At Northwestern, 1,108 applicants (58% of enrolled) have submitted their SAT scores and 1,053 applicants (55%) have submitted their ACT scores for seeking degrees. The average SAT score of those who submitted scores is 1,490 and the average ACT score is 34 at Northwestern. SAT 75th percentile score is 1,550 and 25th percentile score is 1,430. For ACT scores, the 75th percentile score is 106 and the 25th percentile score is 98. 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 Writing700760
SAT Math730790
ACT Composite3335
ACT Math3135
ACT English3436
[Chart] SAT Scores by Subject
[Chart] ACT Scores by Subject

Admission Requirements

Northwestern University requires 6 item(s) (High School GPA, High School Record (or Transcript), Completion of College Preparatory Program, Recommendations, Admission Test Scores, TOEFL) and recommends 1 articles (High School Rank) to submit to their applicants. The following table summarizes the application requirements at Northwestern University
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