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 2021 was the single most challenging years to be admitted to Northwestern University ever to date. For the Class of 2021, 37,255 students applied to Northwestern University of which 3,371 students were accepted, yielding an overall acceptance rate of 9%. Overall applications increased by 6.1% over last year (2020 to 2021) from 35,099 to 37,255.
For the Class of 2021, 1,100 students were admitted through the early admissions process. Total early applications totaled 3,376, yielding an early acceptance rate of 32.6%. Early applications increased by 11.7% over last year (2020 to 2021) from 3,022 to 3,376.