Northwestern acceptance rate falls to 8.4 percent


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Segal Visitors Center, 1841 Sheridan Rd. Northwestern accepted 8.4 percent of applicants for the Class of 2022, a record low.

Jonah Dylan, Campus Editor

Northwestern accepted a record-low 8.4 percent of its applicants for the class of 2022, associate provost for University enrollment Michael Mills told The Daily in an email.

This is the ninth consecutive year the acceptance rate has dropped. In 2017, the acceptance rate fell below 10 percent for the first time.

NU accepted 3,392 students out of the 40,425 applications it received this year. Of those accepted, 2,320 were notified Wednesday as part of the Regular Decision process, making the acceptance rate for Regular Decision applicants 6.4 percent. The University again received a record number of applications, up from the 37,255 it got last year.

On Dec. 14, NU accepted 1,072 out of 4,049 Early Decision applicants, a record high. The class of 2020 was the first in which Early Decision applicants made up more than half of the incoming class. For the past five years, Early Decision students have made up 50 to 54 percent of the class, University officials told The Daily in January.

Mills projected in January that based on the increased number of applications, the acceptance rate could drop to around 8 percent. Students accepted from the Regular Decision pool have until May 1 to decide whether they will enroll at NU.

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