2012-2013 College Statistics Click for detailed listings: Average SAT Score (25th Percentile): 1777 | Average Acceptance Rate: 28% | Average Enrollment Rate: 39%
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Northwestern Admission Statistics 2012-2013

Northwestern Admission Statistics 2012-2013

Number of applicants to Northwestern 30926
Northwestern acceptance rate 18%
Percent admitted who enrolled 38%
Test Scores (25th/75th Percentile)
Northwestern SAT Scores
Critical Reading 680  760
Math 700  780
Writing 680  770
Northwestern ACT Scores
Composite 31  34
English 31  35
Math 32  35
Writing 8  10
About these admission stats.

Northwestern Admission Requirements

Northwestern advises applicants that it looks for them to have a solid high school academic program. Grades matter, but they are examined in a way that takes into consideration the overall rigor of the applicant’s high school curriculum.

Applications to Northwestern are assessed by various admissions committee members who are trying to put together a full picture of the applicant.

Northwestern tells applicants that it is interested in their level of engagement in the community, and that they read applicants’ essays with the aim of getting a better sense of their “interests, thought processes, and writing ability.”

What does Northwestern do with letters of recommendation? These are used in order to enhance their perspective on the achievements you’ve discussed in your Northwestern application.

History of Northwestern

What would be a good choice for a school mascot? How about a live bear?

Furpaw was a bearcub who was regularly brought out from the Lincoln Park Zoo in a cage and presented to cheering fans before Northwestern’s home games.

Furpaw’s tenure ended in 1923 – not because of pressure from animal rights activists, but because the team was losing too much. Furpaw took the blame in being declared a source of bad luck. Today, Northwestern’s mascot is Willie the Wildcat.

Northwestern was founded by a group of leaders and businessmen, including John Evans, in 1851. The town of Evanston – in which Northwestern is to be found – is named after Evans.

In fall 2008, Northwestern opened a brand new campus far from Chicago, in Doha, Qatar.

Northwestern is a world-class research university, and consistently ranks highly in assessments of universities.

The university’s library system consists of nine libraries and contains more over 4.6 million volumes.

Famous Northwestern Alumni

Northwestern’s School of Communication has given birth to a number of stars, including Warren Beatty, David Schwimmer, Anne Dudek, Zach Braff, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jerry Springer, Charlton Heston, and Stephen Colbert.

Northwestern Campus

Northwestern’s main campus is found in Evanston, not far from downtown Chicago. On this campus, you will find the College, Graduate School, as well as the Business school. The campus sits alongside Lake Michigan, making for some pleasant views.

The college’s North campus houses such buildings as the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion, the Technological Institute, the Dearborn Observatory, and Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center.

Additional key buildings are located on Northwestern’s South campus, including humanities, music, and art buildings – such as the Pick-Staiger Concert Hall and the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art.

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