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Applicant Status At Northwestern University

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Admissions Statistics

Overall Admissions Statistics
Total Applicants:32,060
Male Applicants:15,277
Female Applicants:16,783
Total Acceptances:4,912
Male Acceptances:2,429
Female Acceptances:2,483
Acceptance Rate:15%
Yield: ? 41%
Contact Admissions
Phone:(847) 491-7271
Application Information
Open Admissions:No
Common Application:Yes
Application Fee:$75
Application Web Site:
Dates To Know Deadline Notification
Early DecisionNovember 1December 15
Regular Decision January 1 April 15
Must-Reply-By May 1 or within 2 weeks of notification thereafter
RequiredRecommendedNeither Required
Nor Recommended
HS Rank
HS Transcript
College Prep Courses
Freshmen Enrollment Statistics
Total Freshmen Enrollment:2,037
Full-Time Male Enrollment:1,027
Full-Time Female Enrollment:1,010
Part-Time Male Enrollment:0
Part-Time Female Enrollment:0
Waitlist Statistics
Applicants Placed: ? 3,135
Applicants Accepting: ? 1,307
Students Enrolled: ? 155
Transfer Statistics
Applications Received:1,151
Applicants Accepted:253
Students Enrolled:128

Standardized Tests Statistics

Standardized Test Scores Critical Reading Math Writing Composite (out of)
SAT (25th - 75th Percentile) 690 - 760 700 - 790 690 - 770 2080 - 2320 (2400)
ACT (25th - 75th Percentile) 32 - 35 30 - 35 8 - 10 31 - 34 (36)
General Statistics
Top 10% of HS Class:85%
SAT/ACT Required:Either
Students Submitting SAT:64%
Students Submitting ACT:60%
SAT Subject Test Requirements
Not Reported

Facts & Statistics

Tips for Getting In
  • Admissions officers take a holistic approach. A strong transcript is good but not enough, so make sure you have some good extracurriculars that you can hang your hat on. Demonstrating leadership is also a huge plus.
  • Branch out and take a variety of classes.
  • Getting strong recommendations from teachers will provide a boost to your profile.
  • If you're absolutely sure that Northwestern is the only school for you, apply Early Decision. Admissions officers like the strong interest it shows.
  • Write an essay that will stand out.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
  • Bikes, skateboards, and long boards are great methods of transportation, especially if you are traveling from South to North campus, or vice versa.
  • Evanston is a very expensive place to live.
  • Greek life is prominent.
  • The quarter system moves VERY quickly.
  • Your home state is not the center of the universe.
Interviews & Information Sessions
Northwestern information sessions are 45 minutes long, and reservations are not necessary unless a group of 10 or more will be attending. Check out, and click on "Information Sessions," or call (847) 491-7271 for session times, to set up reservations, or to get the most up-to-date information. Individual schools may also offer information sessions and tours, so check those out, too.
Campus Tours
Tours are given daily and last about one and a half hours. Groups of 10 or more need to make a reservation; otherwise, they're not necessary. Tours leave from the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 1801 Hinman Avenue. If you need to make a group reservation, call the Office of Undergraduate Admission at (847) 491-7271.
Overnight Visits
Individual overnight visits are open to high school seniors from September through March, and depending on availability, Northwestern will provide accommodations with a student host in a residence hall. Reservations are required at least one week in advance. Call the admissions office at (847) 491-7271 or visit
Virtual Tour of Campus
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