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Northwestern University accepts about a quarter of applicants making it one of the country's more selective universities. In the graph above, the blue and green dots representing accepted students are concentrated in the upper right corner. Most students who got into Northwestern had "A" averages, SAT scores (CR+M+W) above 2000, and ACT composite scores of 30 or higher. Also realize that a lot of red dots are hidden beneath the blue and green -- many students with impressive transcripts and high standardized test scores get rejected from Northwestern. So even if your grades and scores are on target for admission to Northwestern, make sure you have some back-up plans.
At the same time, keep in mind that Northwestern has holistic admissions -- Northwestern's admissions folks are looking for students who will bring more than good grades and standardized test scores to their campus. Students who show some kind of remarkable talent or have a compelling story to tell will often get a close look even if grades and test scores aren't quite up to the ideal. A winning essay, strong letters of recommendation, and interesting extracurricular activities all contribute to a successful application. But be realistic -- students with a "B" average and middling ACT scores aren't likely to get into Northwestern.
To learn more about Northwestern University, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Northwestern University Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?
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