Northwestern College

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Northwestern College can be found in Orange City, IA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Northwestern College has an enrollment of over 1,500 students.

Students can report either the ACT or SAT scores to this school. A score in the range of 1030 - 1250 on the SAT exam, or 21 - 27 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among admitted students. We were able to estimate the Northwestern College average GPA (3.13 - 3.45) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. 70% of all students that apply are accepted to Northwestern College, from which 32% choose to attend. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Northwestern College Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Northwestern College was reported as 69.5% in Fall 2020 with over 1,330 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 21 - 27
  • Average GPA: 3.13 - 3.45

How Hard Is It to Get into Northwestern College?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into Northwestern College, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Northwestern College has been on an upward trend when compared to previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 65.5%
  • 2017-2018: 68.1%
  • 2018-2019: 71.4%
  • 2019-2020: 69.5%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 64.4%

How Does Northwestern College Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Northwestern College is twenty-three percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Dordt College75.5%
Morningside College63.1%
Buena Vista University57.4%
Augustana College66.9%
University of Sioux Falls91.5%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Northwestern College (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading510 - 625
Math520 - 625
Total Score1030 - 1250
ACT®Score Range
English20 - 28
Math19 - 27
Composite Score21 - 27
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