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Preparing for your new home

Congratulations on choosing Northwest Missouri State University! This site contains important information you’ll need to know about becoming a Bearcat – housing or commuter information, health information, checklists, deadlines, registration, orientation and more.

Your Northwest Network Account username

This is your S#. You will use your Northwest login to access several resources.

Your Northwest username was provided to you in your acceptance letter. You’ll use it to access resources like email and CatPAWS. Use CatPAWS to access the housing application, your financial aid offer, orientation registration as well as other resources.

Login steps:

  1. Go to and click the Padlock icon labeled ‘First Time Login’.
  2. Click the Self Service Password Reset button.
  3. Enter your Northwest Network Email Account (formatted as and validation characters as needed.
  4. You will set your password using your phone number and email that was entered on your application.

Once you have set your password, you will be able to access CatPAWS and your Northwest email from the login page ( using your Northwest Network Account (S#) and the password you set in step 4 above.

For specific steps and frequently asked questions regarding your Northwest Network Account, visit If you have any problems logging in, you can contact the Office of Information Technology at or 660.562.1634. Visit for their service hours.