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Example Summer Online Orientation Schedule

The summer online orientation series below is from summer 2020.
New schedule will be revised summer 2021.

*The SOAR schedule below is tentative and may be adjusted. The final SOAR schedule will be included in your SOAR confirmation packet and upon check-in on your SOAR day.

Your Advisement Appointment

Once your schedule is complete, your advisor will email your Northwest email account with a link to set up a Zoom advising appointment. 

To access the email and create an appointment, you will need to know your email username and password. If you have not accessed this before, your username and password can be found in CATPAWS.

  • Log into CatPAWS
  • Click on "Personal Information"
  • Click on "Retrieve Initial Email Login"
  • Log into Northwest email at nwmissouri.edu/login

Reminder: Northwest email accounts are completed after students submit their orientation registration


Prior to your advisement appointment, please take some time to prepare by reviewing the following:

Registration Overview

We register new freshman when they compete their orientation registration and advising intake survey through CATPAWS.  This is in April, May and early June for Summer and Fall students, and November and December for Spring students.  Students and families often have question about our registration process, so here is a quick overview.

How we register students: We start with our advisors reviewing Optimal Course Schedules (OCS) for each major, which are recommendations from each department regarding classes students should take as a first-year student. We also have a good deal of information about each student including test scores, self-reported dual credit and tests by exam, course preferences, subjects the students enjoy or anticipate needing assistance in, whether they plan to participate in sports, music, National Guard, or other activities that may impact their schedule, and more. This combination of information provides us with a student profile, and gives us a good idea of both what the student needs and will be successful in first semester.  We register the student ahead of meeting with them in preparation for orientation.

Why we schedule students before we meet with them:  Scheduling students ahead of orientation allows us to work with departments to add seats to courses as needed and give each student’s academic profile the time it deserves. It also means that the students who attend orientation later in the summer are not disadvantaged because they may live far away, be studying abroad, participating in military training, or involved in other activities preventing them from coming to campus for orientation.  Although it may seem unconventional to schedule students ahead of their attending orientation, Northwest has done this for more than 20 years with great success, and has in fact been benchmarked by other institutions who are interested in doing the same. It alleviates a significant amount of stress from students who worry about getting a full schedule of classes they need and advisors who want to get each student the best schedule they can. Student success is our priority!

Students are in control:  Students are ultimately in the driver’s seat and in control of their own educational experience.  Each student meets with an advisor about their schedule to make any adjustments they choose, for whatever reason. This typically happens at orientation; however, Covid-19 forced us to adapt this year. While we have added online orientation options, and pushed in-person orientation to the end of July, we do not want students to wait until July to get their fall course schedule or meet with an advisor, which is why our advisors are spending June and the first part of July holding individual advising meetings with our new students via Zoom.

I hope that you have been able to join us on some of our Zoom sessions. We are enjoying connecting with students and parents! If you would like to hear more about advising, please take time to watch our video overview, linked below.  You can also find the department specific SOAR Leader/Advisor sessions on our YouTube channel that were held during week 2, also linked below. 

We look forward to meeting with each of you and engaging even more throughout the next two months!

Orientation Videos

For an overview of first-year advising and registration, as well as specifics of your department, please review the orientation videos from Week 2 – May 25-29.

Your Schedule

Your schedule is available in CATPAWS under the "Student" tab, the "Registration" box, and then the "Student Detail Schedule" box.

  • Please note if you are enrolled in anything you already have credit for and notify your advisor during your appointment.
  • Also, make notes of any other questions you may have about your classes, such as tutoring and supplemental instruction options, if you need may need additional support.

The Northwest Core

You will be enrolled in major courses and classes in the Northwest Core. You can view core classes and course descriptions through your degree audit in CATPAWS or in the academic catalog.

University Seminar Themes

University Seminar is a one credit hour course in which first time, full time freshmen must enroll during their first semester. During your online advising appointment, you may indicate your preference for enrollment in a traditional, Leadership Development or Global Perspectives themed section.

Traditional Theme

The "Traditional" theme of University Seminar is designed to help students transition to college and achieve success. Topics of exploration will include the privileges, rights and responsibilities associated with a university education, skills necessary for success, assuming responsibility for one’s own university experience, and available resources.

Leadership Development Theme

The "Leadership Development" theme of University Seminar encourages students to enhance their leadership skills. Through leadership discussions and experiential learning projects, you and your peers will practice leadership on campus and in the community while developing academic success strategies.

Global Perspecitve Theme

The "Global Perspective" theme of University Seminar will help you cultivate the skills needed to be successful in your higher education journey in addition to analyzing the impact of global challenges. You and your peers will discuss and document your learning centered on global population issues, resource management, technology, and more.


If you recently signed up for orientation, your schedule may not be ready, however, advisors will work quickly to prepare it and notify you.

If you have other questions about advising, registration, or orientation, you can reach out to any of our Student Success Team:

WEEK 1: May 18-22

Date Event & Details

Wednesday, May 20

  • Facebook Live: Summer Online Orientation Kick Off

  • 6 p.m. CST: Learn about your Summer Online Orientation experience

  • 6:30 p.m. CST: Ask Anything Session

Thursday, May 21

  • Chat with a SOAR leader on Zoom
  • 7 p.m. CST
  • (watch your email for a Zoom link)

WEEK 2: May 25-29

Date Event & Details

Tuesday, May 26

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance

  • Meet with a Northwest financial assistance representative about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans

  • 3 – 4 p.m. CST

Tuesday, May 26

  • SOAR Spotlight: All about Advisement
  • 6 p.m. CST: Learn about Northwest resources available to aid in your success
  • 6:30 p.m. CST: Ask Anything Session

Wednesday, May 27

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance
  • Meet with a Northwest financial assistance representative about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans
  • 11 a.m. – noon CST

Thursday, May 28

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance
  • Meet with a Northwest financial assistance representative about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans
  • 3 – 4 p.m. CST

Thursday, May 28

Friday, May 29

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance
  • Meet with a Northwest financial assistance representative about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans
  • 11 a.m. – noon CST

WEEK 3: June 1-7

Date Event & Details

Monday, June 1

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance
  • Meet with a Northwest financial assistance representative about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans
  • 11 a.m. – noon CST

Tuesday, June 2

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance

  • Meet with a Northwest financial assistance representative about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans

  • 3 – 4 p.m. CST

Tuesday, June 2

Wednesday, June 3

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance
  • Meet with a Northwest financial assistance representative about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans
  • 11 a.m. – noon CST

Thursday, June 4

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance
  • Meet with a Northwest financial assistance representative about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans
  • 3 – 4 p.m. CST

Thursday, June 4

Friday, June 5

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance
  • Meet with a Northwest financial assistance representative about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans
  • 11 a.m. – noon CST
  • Transfer Friday

WEEK 4: June 8-12

Date Event & Details

Monday, June 8

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance
  • Meet with a Northwest financial assistance representative about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans
  • 11 a.m. – noon CST

Tuesday, June 9

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance

  • Meet with a Northwest financial assistance representative about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans

  • 3 – 4 p.m. CST

Tuesday, June 9

Wednesday, June 10

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance
  • Meet with a Northwest financial assistance representative about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans
  • 11 a.m. – noon CST

Thursday, June 11

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance
  • Meet with a Northwest financial assistance representative about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans
  • 3 – 4 p.m. CST

Thursday, June 11

  • Chat with your SOAR leader on Zoom
  • 7 p.m. CST (Freshmen)

Friday, June 12

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance
  • Meet with a Northwest financial assistance representative about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans
  • 11 a.m. – noon CST

Friday, June 12

  • First-Generation Friday
  • Learn about campus resources to help you succeed
  • Noon CST

WEEK 5: June 15-19

Date Event & Details

Monday, June 15

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance
  • Meet with a Northwest financial assistance representative about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans
  • 11 a.m. – noon CST

Tuesday, June 16

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance

  • Meet with a Northwest financial assistance representative about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans

  • 3 – 4 p.m. CST

Tuesday, June 16

  • SOAR Spotlight: Profession-based experiences, internships and Career Services
  • 6 p.m. CST: Profession-based experiences, internships and Career Services
  • 6:30 p.m. CST: Ask Anything Session

Wednesday, June 17

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance
  • Meet with a Northwest financial assistance representative about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans
  • 11 a.m. – noon CST

Thursday, June 18

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance
  • Meet with a Northwest financial assistance representative about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans
  • 3 – 4 p.m. CST

Thursday, June 18

  • Chat with your SOAR leader on Zoom
  • 7 p.m. CST (Freshmen)

Friday, June 19

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance
  • Meet with a Northwest financial assistance representative about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans
  • 11 a.m. – noon CST

Friday, June 19

  • Parent Friday 
  • Noon CST

WEEK 6: June 22-26

Date Event & Details

Monday, June 22

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance
  • Meet with representatives from Northwest financial assistance and student account services about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans
  • 11 a.m. – noon CST

Tuesday, June 23

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance

  • Meet with representatives from Northwest financial assistance and student account services about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans

  • 3 – 4 p.m. CST

Tuesday, June 23

Wednesday, June 24

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance
  • Meet with representatives from Northwest financial assistance and student account services about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans
  • 11 a.m. – noon CST

Thursday, June 25

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance
  • Meet with representatives from Northwest financial assistance and student account services about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans
  • 3 – 4 p.m. CST

Thursday, June 25

  • Chat with your SOAR leader on Zoom
  • 7 p.m. CST (Freshmen)

Friday, June 26

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance
  • Meet with representatives from Northwest financial assistance and student account services about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans
  • 11 a.m. – noon CST

Friday, June 26

  • Transfer Friday
  • Meet with advisors to get all of your questions answered
  • Noon CST

WEEK 7: July 6-10

Date Event & Details

Monday, July 6

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance
  • Meet with representatives from Northwest financial assistance and student account services about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans
  • 11 a.m. – noon CST

Tuesday, July 7

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance

  • Meet with representatives from Northwest financial assistance and student account services about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans

  • 3 – 4 p.m. CST

Tuesday, July 7

Wednesday, July 8

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance
  • Meet with representatives from Northwest financial assistance and student account services about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans
  • 11 a.m. – noon CST

Thursday, July 9

  • Coffee with SOAR leaders
  • 10 a.m. CST

Thursday, July 9

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance
  • Meet with representatives from Northwest financial assistance and student account services about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans
  • 3 – 4 p.m. CST

Friday, July 10

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance
  • Meet with representatives from Northwest financial assistance and student account services about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans
  • 11 a.m. – noon CST

Friday, July 10

  • Parent Friday
  • Meet with advisors to get all of your questions answered
  • Noon CST

Week 8: July 13-17

Date Event & Details

Monday, July 6

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance
  • Meet with representatives from Northwest financial assistance and student account services about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans
  • 11 a.m. – noon CST

Tuesday, July 7

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance

  • Meet with representatives from Northwest financial assistance and student account services about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans

  • 3 – 4 p.m. CST

Tuesday, July 7

Wednesday, July 8

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance
  • Meet with representatives from Northwest financial assistance and student account services about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans
  • 11 a.m. – noon CST

Thursday, July 9

  • Coffee with SOAR leaders
  • 10 a.m. CST

Thursday, July 9

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance
  • Meet with representatives from Northwest financial assistance and student account services about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans
  • 3 – 4 p.m. CST

Friday, July 10

  • Daily Drop-in with Financial Assistance
  • Meet with representatives from Northwest financial assistance and student account services about topics like scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans
  • 11 a.m. – noon CST

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