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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
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.
Students submitting SAT scores
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.
Students submitting ACT scores
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.
Northwestern University requires one teacher recommendation and one counselor recommendation.
Required for international students.