Northwood University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Northwood University

Northwood University is a private, four-year institution in Midland, Michigan, with additional locations in West Palm Beach, Florida, and Cedar Hill, Texas. Northwood supports its students with a 10 to 1 student/faculty ratio and a mean class size of 18. Northwood boasts over 40 student organizations, 10 fraternities and sororities, and a host of intramural sports. For intercollegiate athletics, Northwood is a member of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).


  • Total Enrollment: 1,594 (1,244 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 58% Male/42% Female
  • 60% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $28,080
  • Books: $1,220
  • Room and Board: $10,790
  • Other Expenses: $2,910
  • Total Cost: $43,000

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 99%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 98%
    • Loans: 86%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $10,799
    • Loans: $9,824

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration and Management, General; Marketing/Marketing Management, General; Vehicle and Vehicle Parts and Accessories Marketing Operations; Accounting; and Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 79%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 36%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 41%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 49%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Football, Tennis, Hockey, Basketball, Track and Field, Baseball, Golf
  • Women’s Sports: Volleyball, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Cross Country, Basketball

Overview of Northwood University Admissions

Northwood University has an acceptance rate of 68%. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data                        

  • Northwood University Acceptance Rate: 68%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 490/590
    • SAT Math: 500/590
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 19/24
    • ACT English: 17/23
    • ACT Math: 18/25

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Northwood University, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Northwood University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

University of Texas at El Paso, California State University Sacramento, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California State University East Bay, Kean University, California State University Los Angeles

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Northwood University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

East Carolina University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Old Dominion University, Texas State University, Georgia State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Northwood University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

University of Alabama, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of North Texas, California State University Long Beach, Pace University, Florida Gulf Coast University

Applying to Northwood University

Application Deadline: Rolling

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