Try to get at least a 34 ACT (or 2250+ SAT w/ 800 in math), and retake the math 2c and you should be good (unless your essays are horrible). In your essay, make sure to use specific examples from your visit to NU (don't just use stuff from the website-- take notes on what tour guides and counselors in the info sessions say). The essay plays a big role, so make sure you write it as if it's your first choice school. If it really is your first choice school, don't be afraid to apply ED. The new dean of admissions is increasing ED acceptances by a lot each year because they want students who want to be at NU and who will be a good fit there, and their RD acceptances are going down by a lot. (The fact that they want more kids who have NU as their first choice should show you that your essay better show that you took some serious interest in the university and that you're not just applying because it's a really good school).
Also, I feel that the NU's engineering school is A LOT harder to get into that its other schools. It almost seems random, and many students who seem to have amazing science/math ECs, great grades overall, amazing test scores, etc. don't get in (thus added importance on your essay). Taking the difficulty of getting into engineering into account, you might want to consider applying ED.
Last edited by AJB1993; 08-06-2012 at 08:20 AM.