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Northwestern University

Academic Requirements

Admissions Overview

7% (40% early)

Acceptance Rate

3.7 - 4.0

Average GPA

1470 - 1570

Average SAT Score

34 - 35

Average ACT Score

GPA Requirements

Northwestern University does not have a strict minimum GPA requirement for undergraduate admissions. However, admitted students typically have very high GPAs, ranging from 3.7 to 4.0, with an average GPA of 3.8.


Average High School GPA

3.7 - 4.0

25th-7th Percentile

SAT Requirements

Northwestern is test-optional for the current application cycle. The SAT scores for admitted students range from 1470 - 1570, with an average score of 1520.

Although SAT scores are optional, we recommend that students aim for a good SAT score of at least 1520 to be competitive in the admissions process at Columbia University.


Average SAT

1470 - 1570

25th-75th Percentile


Students submitting SAT scores

ACT Requirements

Northwestern is test-optional for the current application cycle. The ACT scores for admitted students range from 34 to 35, with an average score of 34.

A good ACT score will still boost your application above the competition and help get you into your dream school. It will allow admissions officers to quickly and objectively compare you to the rest of the applicant pool.


Average ACT


25th-75th Percentile


Students submitting ACT scores

Other Requirements

Besides academic grades, Northwestern has some additional requirements based on the program of study you apply for.


Make sure you have extracurriculars relating to your area of study and those that show your dedication over time.

Recommendation Letters

Northwestern University requires one teacher recommendation and one counselor recommendation.

TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo

Required for international students.

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