The Northwestern Early Decision figures are in for the fall and the university saw a major rise in applications. In fact, Early Decision applications at Northwestern are up 14% over last year. 2,794 applications for Early Decision admission have been received, as compared to 2,450 applications last year. 40% of the incoming class is expected to be filled by Early Decision applicants to Northwestern, a sizable percentage for sure.
According to an article on the Northwestern Early Decision figures in “The Daily Northwestern,” “‘(Northwestern) certainly continues to be a popular school both nationally and internationally,’ [Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Christopher] Watson said. ‘We’re seeing that this trend is continuing, and more and more students beyond the Midwest are looking at Northwestern as a destination more than ever before.’ Watson added that NU’s increased presence in the news has also played a role. ‘We certainly are a more visible university,’ he said. ‘The president travels quite a bit, and a lot of what happens on campus makes national news. The admission office tries to do its fair share of travel as well.'”
Northwestern had extended its Early Decision deadline by a week due to the glitches with the Common Application. Do you think this extension had anything to do with the 14% rise in Early applications? Keep in mind, many highly selective universities pushed back their deadlines due to the problems with the Common App. Let us know your thoughts by posting below!