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First Time Login

For first-time users logging into CatPAWS, your Northwest email or other Northwest systems.


Step 1: Username and Password

If you were accepted before Sept. 19, you will need to go here (click on the key in the lime green box) to set up your two-factor authentication and password. If accepted after Sept. 19 your username and temporary password will be emailed to you in separate emails from


Step 2: Enter your S-number

Logging in for the first time, you will need to set up your northwest email account. Here you will put in your user name (ex. S123456) and the password provided in your acceptance letter, then click sign in. (Bearcat tip: Don't enter after the S number.)


Step 3: More information required

Since this is your first time logging in, you must provide two-factor authentication. You can do this in three ways:

  • Downloading the Microsoft authenticator app
  • Entering your phone number
  • Entering your email account

Step 4: Authentication

  • If you wish to do so, download the Microsoft authenticator app. And follow the prompts.
  • If you do not want to use the app, choose "I want to use a different method." in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. In the drop-down menu that appears, choose phone, and click confirm. 
    • Enter your phone number with no parenthesis, dashes or spaces. And choose text me a code or call me. Enter your text code and click next.
  • Next, choose your second method. You can choose the app or click the "I want to use a different method." in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. In the drop-down menu that appears, choose email and click confirm.
  • (Bearcat tip: use your personal email account vs. your high school account since access to that account may be turned off once you graduate.)
  • Enter an email address and enter the code that is emailed to that address and click next, and choose done.

Step 5: Stay signed in?

If you are on a public computer choose no. If you are on a personal computer choose yes.



Step 6: Email Account Success

You've now successfully entered your Northwest email account. (Great job!)



Step 7: CatPAWS

To choose university housing, apply for scholarships or sign up for orientation you will need to sign in to CatPAWS using your Northwest username and password.

  • Go to CatPAWS
  • Click login/enter secure area
  • Enter your northwest username (ex. S123456) Don't use the after it. And enter your password.

Changing your password

Changing your password from the temporary password.

Click here to begin the process.

When creating your new password, it must contain:

  • 14 characters
  • Uppercase letter
  • Lowercase letter
  • A number
Passwords remain good for one year.