Northwestern University is a highly competitive school and its admissions statistics make Northwestern University one of the 50 most competitive schools for undergraduate admissions globally. Similar to the trends across all top schools, Northwestern University acceptance rates have continued to decline over the past 8 years and will almost certainly continue to do so into the future.
The Class of 2020 was the single most challenging years to be admitted to Northwestern University ever to date. For the Class of 2020, 35,099 students applied to Northwestern University of which 3,751 students were accepted, yielding an overall acceptance rate of 10.7%. Overall applications increased by 9.3% over last year (2019 to 2020) from 32,124 to 35,099.
For the Class of 2020, 1,061 students were admitted through the early admissions process. Total early applications totaled 3,022, yielding an early acceptance rate of 35.1%. Early applications increased by 8.2% over last year (2019 to 2020) from 2,793 to 3,022.