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 2023 was one of the most challenging years to be admitted to Northwestern University ever. For the Class of 2023, 40,577 students applied to Northwestern University of which 3,611 students were accepted, yielding an overall acceptance rate of 8.9%. Overall applications increased by 0.4%over last year (2022 to 2023) from 40,425 to 40,577.
For the Class of 2023, 1,100 students were admitted through the early admissions process. Total early applications totaled 4,399, yielding an early acceptance rate of 25%. Early applications increased by 8.6% over last year (2022 to 2023) from 4,049 to 4,399.