A-Z Index

Enrollment Checklist for Students

Note: This timeline is applicable to students starting at Northwest 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 approximately two weeks after all materials have been received. For assistance, visit CatPAWS or contact us at 800.633.1175.

Checkbox Complete your housing agreement available in CatPAWS. Submit $50 prepayment. Room assignment will not be made until the housing agreement and prepayment are both received. (refundable if canceled by June 1 for fall attendees)


Checkbox If applicable complete and send back the Commuting to Northwest card located inside the front cover of the Acceptance booklet (freshmen, don’t forget to have it notarized).

Checkbox Receive a postcard from the Residential Life Office acknowledging receipt of your prepayment and confirming your reservation for a space on campus.

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 Beginning Oct. 1, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Northwest’s code number is 002496.

Checkbox In January, create your My College Roomie profile to find your ideal roommate. Go to Housing System via CatPAWS housing tab for the My College Roomie link.

Checkbox Receive a financial aid award package for your review and acceptance. Awards are mailed beginning April 1.

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

Summer before enrollment

Checkbox Attend a one-day SOAR or New Student Orientation program 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 Have final transcripts sent if requested.

Checkbox Receive your billing statement in July. If applicable, sign up for an installment plan. 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. Information will be mailed in late July.

Checkbox Move into your residence hall on Saturday, Aug. 15, 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.