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Northwestern ACT scores: help!!!

liz1628liz1628 Posts: 95Registered User Junior Member
edited November 2007 in Northwestern University
Okay, so I've been reading the posts regarding NU and ACT scores.
I have a 30 and it seems as though a 30 is low for NU, whereas at least a 32 is competitive. With a superscore, I have a 31, but NU doesn't superscore, unfortunately. What do you guys think?

(Also: I have impressive ec's, 3.9 GPA with several APs, a legacy connection, blah blah blah, same old)
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  • liz1628liz1628 Posts: 95Registered User Junior Member
    oh yeah, I'm applying early decision, if that makes a difference
  • dcb07dcb07 Posts: 188User Awaiting Email Confirmation Junior Member
    isnt the range 29-32.....a 30 is fine especially with ed but there's always other factors
  • aquamarineeaquamarinee Posts: 3,028Registered User Senior Member
    Well, are you applying to WCAS or Medill or?
    I've seen some people get into Medill with a 29 (?) or something around there. Not so sure about the other schools though.
  • liz1628liz1628 Posts: 95Registered User Junior Member
    WCAS Early Decision. WCAS has more applicants, so it's harder to get in. But then again, Medil is ridiculously hard (only 100 or so get accepted)

    I just have a hard time believing that a 30 is vastly different from a 32.
  • aquamarineeaquamarinee Posts: 3,028Registered User Senior Member
    Well, you can say the same thing for a 2150 versus a 2200 or a 2200 versus a 2250. It isn't "vastly" different, but it does make a difference.

    I get the feeling that Medill looks for things outside of scores, while WCAS looks at scores a little bit more.

    A 30 is a 1320-1350 on the SAT... A 32, on the other hand, is a 1410-1450... 100 point difference.
  • WCASParentWCASParent Posts: 1,993Registered User Senior Member
    When most scores that the Admissions Office will be comparing are between 29 and 34, there is indeed a vast difference between a 30 and a 32.
    A 30 is just not very competitive by NU standards. You might get in anyway, but it would be in spite of the 30 on the ACT.
  • WCASParentWCASParent Posts: 1,993Registered User Senior Member
    When most scores that the Admissions Office will be comparing are between 29 and 34, there is indeed a vast difference between a 30 and a 32.
    A 30 is just not very competitive by NU standards. You might get in anyway, but it would be in spite of the 30 on the ACT.
  • liz1628liz1628 Posts: 95Registered User Junior Member
    I'm not relying on my score as "the thing" that gets me in. I'm hoping that if the score is at least solid (at a 30) for NU, my ec's, legacy, and transcript will get me the rest of the way there, but who knows.
  • dcb07dcb07 Posts: 188User Awaiting Email Confirmation Junior Member
    yeah a 30 is plenty solid if you have other things...especially if you're ED...the 30 is not going to be the reason that you don't get in
  • Handyandy58Handyandy58 Posts: 755Registered User Member
    I assume you either didn't take the SAT or have an even less competitive score, correct?

    I'm not sure how strong NU feels about legacy, but if your ECs and grades are good, I don't think a 30 is going to hurt you that much.
  • tetrisfantetrisfan Posts: 11,791Registered User Senior Member
    For ED + your other stuff I suppose a 30 will do
  • zdub08zdub08 Posts: 478Registered User Member
    "A 30 is just not very competitive by NU standards."

    faaaalse

    straight from their website: "The middle 50 percent of test scores for entering students ranges from 29 to 33 on the ACT"

    you can't tell me a 30 isn't competitive when more than 25% of students are under 30. a 30 is 97th percentile; it's outrageous to say it will hurt someone's chances at any school.
  • Columbiahopeful!Columbiahopeful! Posts: 377Registered User Member
    if you saw another statistic, which says that the admitted range is 31-34, you would then conclude that a 30 is not competitive. The "admitted" range is always higher than the enrolled. If you are near the 25th percentile for enrolled students, the school is a reach for you. Most students who score below a 1300 on their SAT do not have a great chance of getting into a top school. The students that get in w. those kind of scores are typically legacies, athletes, developmental admits, URMs, etc.
  • arbiter213arbiter213 Posts: 3,572Registered User Senior Member
    And it should be noted: Northwestern is HARD. If you're barely squaking in, you will have it rough (I've seen that). And no, I don't fit that description- I am towards the upper marks of the entering freshman, and its still hard. Its not unmanageable by any means, but its difficult (mostly because of the quarter system).
  • WCASParentWCASParent Posts: 1,993Registered User Senior Member
    zdub08-
    A 30 will impress no one at NU Admissions, unless you have some unusual extra factor in your favor. But if you are just a mainstream, non-minority, non-athlete applicant, they reject more of your type with 30s than you can shake a stick at. You are kidding yourself by talking about the bottom 25% of the student body (not the admitted applicants, but the student body); you can be sure that that bottom 25% is not largely filled by the mainstream group of applicants described above.
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