How to Get Into Northwestern

Recorded Wednesday, February 10 at 12:00 AM

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School information

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Description

Join Elias as he breaks down Northwestern's admissions process, discussing what it takes to get in. He'll describe the kind of academics and extracurricular achievements, tests scores, and grades you'll need to maximize your chances of acceptance, and he'll give a detailed breakdown of Northwestern's current student body.

We'll also have a Q&A segment at the end of the session, so come prepared with all your questions about Northwestern!

School information

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
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Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into CommonApp.org in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Elias and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
0:00@Corryn_Flahaven:Has this started yet? Sorry, I've been having wifi issues till now
0:24@sidney:Eliassss, we miss you
0:26@anonymous:Will you guys talk about the average GPA of accepted student?
0:29@anonymous:What are some SAT prep resources you would recommend?
1:09@ArjunS:will we talk about early decisions compared to regular?
6:29@sidney:Will you guys talk about the perfect fit with Northwestern?
9:28@anonymous:Are you going to "How to get into Northwestern?" Or Yale?
11:24@anonymous:What school would be for pre-med students
12:39@anonymous:Thank you!
12:45@anonymous:What ivy would be for IT or engineering? Except MIT.
14:19@sidney:What school would be for economics? Is it possible to take business classes at Kellog?
16:06@sidney:OK, thank you Priya :)
16:31@TK:what do u mean by undeclared engineering?
17:41@Jimbo:What is the difference between "How to Get into __" and "ultimate guide"?
18:39@anonymous:What are some good summer programs that juniors should apply to?
25:06@anonymous0101011:this has changed??
25:42@Jimbo:How did you come to these percentages? Are these percentages similar to other T20's?
28:14@anonymous0101011:During the Upenn one, you said the percentage were different
29:15@anonymous:Considering the background part of the application only?
29:19@anonymous:Do you prefer taking AP classes or dual enrollment classes?
29:57@anonymous:Are you more likely to get in if you are Asian American?
31:23@sidney:I´m an international student with perfect GPA, 1st ranking. But I can´t take the SAT, will I be at disadvantage?
32:37@anonymous0101011:I am a black male with a perfect gpa and sat, will i get in?
32:59@TK:How is dual enrollment different from AP courses?
34:18@anonymous0101011:is the SAT practicable?
34:44@anonymous0101011:Can i go from a 1430 to a 1550 by this March SAT?
35:17@anonymous0101011:is yield an actual issue?
37:17@anonymous:I am a citizen of India and I moved a couple years ago and I have done all my high school in the US. I have required GPA and SAT score that meets the threshold. However, I don't have the most impressive extracurriculars because I was not aware of how the process works so will the administrators take this into account? What are my chances to get into ivy league schools such as harvard or yale considering I have the required academics and good essay, but not that impressive extracurriculars?
37:47@sidney:Is it harder to get into Northwestern if I am from California than Alabama?
38:53@anonymous0101011:Will a B junior year take me out as a selective applicant
39:31@sidney:Would you recommend having a `double spike´´ ?
41:31@sidney:My ´double spike would be environmental protection and business, and I have a lot of great ECs that combine both.
41:47@anonymous:Does it matter if I go to a normal public high school instead of a STEM? Does this affect my chances?
44:46@sidney:Can I have finance ECs even tough I intend to study economics?
44:58@sidney:Being into one of these backgrounds would increase my chances even tough I am an international student?
45:09@anonymous:How much internship matter in appliciation for Bio medical/pre med?
45:39@Abhinav15:I have a 3.9 gpa, would that affect my admission chances
46:02@anonymous0101011:That's so cool.... I have a similar double spike
46:08@anonymous:Region as in states or like Northeast, midwest, etc?
46:27@Jimbo:When applying to college, are you competing with students from your school?
46:44@anonymous0101011:how will they know if someone isnt lying about their sexuality
47:25@TK:what do you mean by 'double spike'?
47:59@Ruthvik1246:you're pixellated :/
48:44@anonymous0101011:regarding the sexuality, will it be considered helpful even if we dont talk about it? i have more important things to talk about in my essays
50:35@sidney:This essay is PERFECT
51:44@sidney:Break down this essayyyy
51:57@anonymous:What I haven't done any impressive internships or research that can connect to my major? Does that lower my chances?
53:02@anonymous:Is there early action in northwestern?
53:03@ArjunS:Are the ED acceptance rates inflated by student athletes and legacy students?
54:53@anonymous:Is the early decision restrictive?
54:54@Corryn_Flahaven:awesome essays, Elias and Priya!!
55:03@anonymous0101011:how does this compare to penn ed?
55:10@sidney:Is it possible to become 'friends' of AOs? lol
55:40@ArjunS:did the early decision rates decrease this admissions cycle? or is that information not public yet?
56:22@anonymous:If I get into northwestern, is there any legal way I can get out of early decision? Like financial reason? Also is there early action at northwestern?
56:59@anonymous0101011:will ed help them look over weaknesses?
57:47@anonymous:What if you don't have any extracurriculars at all because of family responsibility.
58:22@ArjunS:Would AP Lang be close for an economics major?
58:25@ArjunS:* For asking for a rec letter
59:19@anonymous0101011:how is luck a factor if many ppl read the application??
59:35@sidney:I would like to major in economics, but I only have EC related to environmental protection and business/entrepreneurship, would it hurt my application?
59:47@Corryn_Flahaven:Great session! We are motivated! Thanks so much - learned a lot!
59:51@anonymous0101011:so for the above average joe, he has the same admission chances as he would rd??
60:13@anonymous:If I get into northwestern, is there any legal way I can get out of early decision? Like financial reason? Also is there early action at northwestern?
60:54@anonymous:What if you don't have any extracurriculars at all because of family responsibility.
61:23@anonymous:event for freshman college or highschool?
61:38@anonymous0101011:how important is presenting your activities in a good manner
62:23@the1:What is a good chance percent on collegevine chance calculator?
63:09@sidney:I was honored as young environmental leader in my state, would it be impressive if my spike is primarily business and environmental protection? I am an international student.
63:42@Jimbo:is 1 safety enough?
64:24@anonymous:Is college worth it? And what opportunities and jobs are out there for music majors?
68:47@anonymous:How important it is to have college credits?
69:30@sidney:Is it cold in Boston right now?
69:36@CollegeLeema:What is MBA?
69:44@the1:I am from a minority income family, will attending summer programs at prestigious summer programs that are expensive, hurt the subjective/emphatic of my application. The summer program offered financial aid.
71:00@anonymous0101011:Elias be honest how do i get into penn wharton
71:45@Ruthvik1246:It's 4 degrees Fahrenheit in Chicago, Boston can't compare
72:09@anonymous:How many hours on average do students at Harvard study? Do they have fun?
72:23@DJ1:What's the difference between MIT and Caltech?
73:10@anonymous0101011:does penn wharton like inderdisciplinary students? not dual degree programs
73:34@anonymous:Is there a major that overlaps economics and IT?
74:15@anonymous:I don't know if you answered my question or not because the stream was not stable. This is my question - I am a citizen of India and I moved a couple years ago and I have done all my high school in the US. I have required GPA and SAT score that meets the threshold. However, I don't have the most impressive extracurriculars because I was not aware of how the process works so will the administrators take this into account? What are my chances to get into ivy league schools such as harvard or yale considering I have the required academics and good essay, but not that impressive extracurriculars?
76:11@Ruthvik1246:Should I major in biomedical engineering and minor in business administration if i ever wanted to create a medicine company?
76:49@anonymous:I am an international student that do not have access to AP classes/exams. Do you think that will hurt my application badly or will they understand my situation?
77:19@anonymous:Also, congrats for the livestream. Super great, loved it!!!
77:26@DJ1:Do you know which Ivy League colleges offer athletic scholarships?
77:31@sidney:I'm a finance mentor to some people in my city, I founded the largest club in my HS which is a business club, but I also founded an environmental nonprofit with more than 1000 people impacted, would it be impressive for Wharton? My spike is environmental protection and business.
78:18@anonymous0101011:Elias. Can i go from a 1430 to a 1550 by this March SAT? If so, real advice?
79:15@anonymous:Which school as the best PT course? Which includes teaching us how to calculate merits and more?
79:28@DJ1:How was Harvard for you? What was your favorite thing about it?
80:24@Jimbo:Thanks for taking the time to answer all these questions! What do you think about studying engineeriing at liberal arts schoools like Swarthmore or Harvey Mudd?
81:20@anonymous:Thank you very much for all the information. You guys are the best!
81:25@anonymous:I am from India but I don't live there anymore. So will they consider me as an international student or a US student. I am a permanant resident of US. So I think I should be compared with other students in US. So will the administrators take into account that I didn't have impressive extracurriculars that are focused on my preferred major and because I had family responsibility and financial problems?
82:25@anonymous:PT- Physical Therapy
83:09@sidney:Elias, tell us your Instagram :)
83:53@sidney:Most impressive application you have ever seen.
85:50@sidney:That same extracurricular resume (spike in enviromental protection and business) would be impressive to Harvard?
87:04@sidney:Have you ever met a kid of billionaire at Harvard?
87:06@anonymous:What do you mean by spikes?
88:07@DJ1:Do your chances automatically increase if you have/own a non-profit?
88:37@sidney:You once said you have met a kid which dad has a private jet, wow
88:41@anonymous:hello i have a gpa of 3.3 and act of 21 would i have a chance at northwestern if i improved my act?
90:57@sidney:LOVE U COLLEGE VINE

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