A-Z Index

Enrollment Checklist for Students

Note: This timeline is for students starting in the summer or fall terms. Starting in the spring? Download the spring checklist View PDF

Last year in high school/college

Checkbox You will receive notification regarding your admission status and automatic scholarship awards about two weeks after all materials have been received. For assistance, visit CatPAWS or contact us at 800.633.1175. Before visiting CatPAWS you will need to set up your Northwest email account.

Checkbox Apply for FAFSA at beginning Oct. 1. (Northwest code: 002496)

Checkbox Complete your housing application and prepayment beginning Nov. 1. in CatPAWS 


Checkbox If applicable, complete and send back the Commuting to Northwest card located inside the front cover of the Acceptance booklet (notarization is not required).

Checkbox Receive a financial aid award package for your review and acceptance. Awards are mailed beginning mid-Nov.

Checkbox In December, create your My College Roomie profile to find your ideal roommate. Go to the Housing tab in CatPAWS and click "Enter Housing System."

Checkbox In January, choose your roommate in My College Roomie. Go to the Housing tab in CatPAWS and click "Enter Housing System."

Checkbox Complete the Standard Scholarship Application to apply for major-specific awards. The application is available in CatPAWS and may be accessed until the Feb. 1 deadline.

Checkbox Complete the Health History Form View PDF and return it to Wellness Services at least 30 days before classes begin.

Checkbox Respond to an invitation to SOAR (Summer Orientation, Advisement and Registration) for freshmen or New Student Orientation for transfer and returning students. Invitations are mailed early March.

Summer before enrollment

Checkbox Check your Northwest email frequently. Here's how to set up your Northwest email account.

Checkbox Review and accept financial aid in CatPAWS.

Checkbox Attend a one-day SOAR or New Student Orientation program in June or to receive your fall course schedule and meet with an academic advisor. Submit your Health History Form View PDF to Wellness Services.

Checkbox Room and roommate assignment posted on CatPAWS beginning mid-July.

Checkbox Submit final high school and dual credit transcripts to Northwest's Office of Admissions by Aug. 15.

Checkbox Receive your billing statement in July. If applicable, sign up for an installment plan. The first quarterly installment or full payment is due Aug. 15.

Checkbox Before classes begin, contact your roommate. Get to know each other and discuss what you’ll bring to Northwest!

Checkbox Beginning Aug. 1, register your car, purchase a parking permit and sign the notebook contract in CatPAWS.

Checkbox Complete enrollment verification which becomes available via CatPAWS by the first day of Advantage.

Checkbox Attend Advantage in August Aug. 17-20. More information will be mailed in late July.

Checkbox Move into your residence hall Thursday, Aug. 17, before classes begin.

Checkbox Documentation of your meningitis shot must be submitted to Wellness Services. You will not be allowed to move into your room unless your paperwork is on file.