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Transfer and Returning New Student Orientation and Registration (NSO)

Enrolling in classes and participating in orientation are important steps to beginning your student experience at Northwest. There are several options to fit your needs, including both on-campus and virtual content. Either way, you will be able to work with an advisor to enroll and learn about campus resources and services to set you up for a successful start.

On-campus Orientation Come to campus and get more familiar with resources and services, meet with an academic advisor and enroll in classes.

Online Orientation consists of a text and video-based orientation to orient you to campus services and resources. You will communicate with an academic advisor by email, phone or zoom to discuss and enroll in classes.

Upcoming New Student Orientation and Registration Dates

To sign up for a registration day, please login to CatPAWS using your Northwest Network Account username and password. Click the Orientation tab and select "Enter the Orientation System".

*Indicates a date reserved for students who have completed more than 45 credit hours prior to attending Northwest

Spring 2023 Students

Orientation registration for Spring 2023 will open in October 2022 in CatPAWS. Dates below subject to change.


If you have questions about registering, contact the Office of Orientation at studentsuccess@covenhouse.com or 660.562.1951.

Summer and Fall 2023 Students

Orientation registration for Summer and Fall 2023 will open in March 2023 in CatPAWS. Dates below are subject to change.

Transfer students with fewer hours may also choose to attend one of our SOAR dates designed for traditional First-year students: TBD.

Bearcat Tip:
Save the date for Advantage – Aug. 17-20, 2023!
First Day of Classes – Aug. 21, 2023