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 2022 was the single most challenging year to be admitted to Northwestern University ever. For the Class of 2022, 40,425 students applied to Northwestern University of which 3,392 students were accepted, yielding an overall acceptance rate of 8.4%. Overall applications increased by 8.5% over last year (2021 to 2022) from 37,255 to 40,425.
For the Class of 2022, 1,072 students were admitted through the early admissions process. Total early applications totaled 4,049, yielding an early acceptance rate of 26.5%. Early applications increased by 19.9% over last year (2021 to 2022) from 3,376 to 4,049.