University of Northwestern Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of University of Northwestern

The University of Northwestern (formerly Northwestern College) is a private non-denominational Christian university situated in Roseville, Minnesota. The institution has a large selection of 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to select from. Students are backed by a 16 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations.  In athletics, the Northwestern Eagles play in the NCAA Division III Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC). The university fields 17 intercollegiate sports, and students can also participate in intramurals. Popular sports include baseball, basketball, football, soccer, and Track & Field.


  • Total Enrollment: 3,623 (3,443 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 38% Male/62% Female
  • 61% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $32,210
  • Books: $600
  • Room and Board: $9,660
  • Other Expenses: $2,740
  • Total Cost: $45,210

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 67%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $16,880
    • Loans: $7,529

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Psychology, General; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Business Administration and Management, General; Kinesiology and Exercise Science; and Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 77%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 54%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 63%

NCAA Athletic Programs

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

Overview of University of Northwestern Admissions

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. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data                        

  • University of Northwestern Acceptance Rate: 93%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 523/638
    • SAT Math: 530/610
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 21/27
    • ACT English: 21/28
    • ACT Math: 20/27

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

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

Georgia State University, State University of New York at Fredonia, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of California, Merced, Liberty University, University of Texas at El Paso, California State University Northridge

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

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

Georgia State University, California State University Long Beach, San Jose State University, Pace University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Hampton University, Washington State University, University of Texas at San Antonio

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

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

University of California, Davis, Texas Christian University, Temple University, Seton Hall University, University of Alabama, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University

Applying to the University of Northwestern

Application Deadline: August 1

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