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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

Your username and a temporary password will be emailed to you in separate emails from

This video can walk you through all the steps.


Step 2: Enter your S-number

To log in for the first time. You must set up your Northwest email account. You will put in your user name (ex. S123456) and the password, then click sign in.


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

  • Download the Microsoft Authenticator app. Make sure you choose the Microsoft Authenticator App from your app store.  Click the Plus sign to add an account the Microsoft Authenticator app and choose “School”.  Select Scan QR code and click next on the computer to display the QR code. Click next on the computer after you have scanned the code and validate the account by entering the numbers displayed on the computer screen in the app. Click next for Method 2.

    If you want to use your phone number,  Enter your phone number with no parenthesis, dashes or spaces. And choose to text me a code or call me. Enter your text code and click next.

    Otherwise, you can 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, enter the code emailed to that address, 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

watch a step-by-step video

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.


Changing your password from the temporary password

Visit Microsoft Online Password Reset 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.