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Spring 2021 Registration and Verification

Self-Enrollment System for Preregistration

Northwest offers a self enrollment system for preregistration through CatPAWS. Midterm grades, final grades and academic history records (transcripts) are also available on CatPAWS.

If for any reason students cannot use the web-based system, they can enroll or adjust schedules in the Registrar's office with signed pre-enrollment forms or drop/add forms.

Enrollment begins with the initial time and continues through October 19, 2020 for the Spring 2021 semester.


  • Enrollment information will be available to advisors by September 28
  • Self-Enrollment times begin October 19
  • Initial Enrollment Dates (see chart below):

Find your classification and total earned credit hours, to determine the first date you may preregister for Spring 2021 classes. 

Grad, Postbac and Honors Program Students: 0 and above Oct 19
Senior: 130 and above Oct 19 Sophomore: 50 and above Nov 2
120 and above Oct 19 45 and above Nov 3
110 and above Oct 20 40 and above Nov 4
100 and above Oct 21 35 and above Nov 5
90 and above Oct 22 30 and above Nov 6
Junior: 80 and above Oct 26 Freshman: 20 and above Nov 9
75 and above Oct 27 15 and above Nov 10
70 and above Oct 28 10 and above Nov 11
65 and above Oct 29 5 and above Nov 12
60 and above Oct 30 0 and above Nov 13

Eligibility for Self-Enrollment

  • Must be enrolled in Fall 2020
  • Have ID and PIN. ID is 9-digit number beginning with 919. It is on the Bearcat ID card.
  • Academic advisor accurately reported to Registrar’s Office.
  • Have clear record to enroll:
    • No transcripts or scores due to the Admissions Office or Graduate Office.
    • No past due balance with Bursar’s/Cashiering Office.
    • No incomplete assessment.
  • Must see advisor for advisement and to receive personal registration password.


  • Make an appointment with your advisor.
  • Advisors will have enrollment information.
  • Obtain your Alternate PIN from your advisor.
  • Select classes, including alternate choices, by CRN (Course Reference Number)
  • Your academic record can be viewed by you and your advisor through Cat PAWS and on your degree audit.
  • You can adjust your schedule an unlimited number of times during enrollment periods.


  • Cannot enroll for more than one section of a particular course
  • Excess credit will be monitored.
  • Cannot enroll in a closed class. Must turn in properly signed Schedule Change Form to Registrar's Office.

Online Verification

Northwest Enrollment Verification will be
available Wednesday, December 16 through Wednesday, January 13.

Use your CatPAWS account to verify your enrollment and personal information.

Please verify online at your convenience as early as December 16 and by January 13 as follows: 

  • Access CatPAWS located in the Bearcat Login Menu at 
  • Click the Login/Secure Area and enter your 919# and PIN
  • Click the Student tab
  • Click on Verification in the submenu
  • Receive notification of any Holds which prevent verification
  • Confirm or Update Local Address and Review Permanent Address
  • Provide additional billing email addresses 
  • Provide Emergency Contact Information
  • Bearcat Alert Enrollment
  • Select the Service Site you will use as your primary contact location

Online LATE Verification will be available on Thursday, January 14 through Monday, January 18 ONLY.  A $15 LATE FEE will be charged to your account.

Your class schedule will be cancelled on Tuesday, Jan. 19 if you do not complete online verification.

If you have preregistered and will not be attending the Spring 2021 semester, please send an email to by Tuesday, Jan. 12 to avoid financial obligation.

If you have questions concerning your enrollment, contact the Registrar's Office at (660) 562-1151.

Textbook Pickup

Online Verification MUST be completed prior to picking up undergraduate textbooks. Textbook Pickup is located in The Station on the following dates and times. 

Sunday, January 10 To Be Determined
Monday, January 11 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday, January 12 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday, January 13 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Any prepackaged textbooks picked up after these designated times will be assessed a late fee.

Northwest-Kansas City

Northwest-Kansas City students will pick up textbooks and laptop computers on site. Online Verification should be completed prior to arriving.

General Registration

General registration for the Spring 2021 Semester will be held Tuesday, Jan. 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., using the alphabetical schedule below. You should register at the time indicated according to the first letter of your last name.

1:00-1:30 p.m.            T - Z and Special Populations
1:30-2:00 p.m. A - G
2:00-2:30 p.m. H - M
2:30-3:00 p.m. N - S

General Registration will be held on the third floor of the Administration Building.  Students begin the enrollment process at the Admissions Office located on second floor.  All new students will set up their CatPAWS account enabling personal access to the web-based enrollment and degree audit systems PRIOR to meeting with an advisor. Continuing students should also go to the Admissions Office to set their enrollment PIN. All students will then proceed to the advisement area located on the third floor. Academic advisors will be present to assist in completing the enrollment process. Students will be asked to keep their degree, major, minor, advisor, local address and other demographic information current by providing changes during the registration process.

To complete the enrollment process, ALL students must turn in signed advisement forms to the Registrar's Office to obtain a printed Class Schedule. Graduate students must have their advisement form signed by both the advisor and the Graduate Office. Fees should be paid at Bursar/Cashiering located on the first floor.

A printed Class Schedule must be presented to obtain textbooks. Undergraduate textbooks will be available at Textbook Services located in The Station after registration.  Textbook Services is also open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Other Resources

Supersede a Course

An undergraduate student who has received a grade of "C", “D” or “F” in a course may repeat a course in an effort to raise the grade.

Read the Supersede Policy »

Waitlist a Course

A waitlist is an electronic list of students who would like to enroll in a closed class. Waitlisting does not guarantee enrollment into any class and not all classes have waitlists. 

Learn more about the waitlist process »

Graduate Registration Options

  • Continuing students may contact their advisor for the Alternate PIN to enroll through CatPAWS. 
  • All students may request an electronic copy of the graduate registration form and return the completed form to the Graduate Office no later than two weeks before your class begins.  This method is not recommended without advisor consultation.
  • All students can complete registration on paper with their advisor and deliver this paperwork to the Graduate Office and then to the Registrar's Office.
  • General Registration for the Spring 2021 semester will be offered Tuesday, January 12, 1 pm - 3 pm in the Administration Building on the Northwest Missouri State University campus.
  • Registration is also available through Northwest-Kansas City

Graduate Information

  • A full-time graduate student is one who takes six or more graduate hours in a semester.  A maximum of 16 hours is allowed in a semester, with no more than seven hours in a four-week summer session.  Workshop credits are counted in the academic load.  (For financial aid purposes, a student must take three hours during a semester to be considered a half-time student.)
  • Textbooks are available at the Bearcat Bookstore or online at  Please contact Textbook Services at 660-562-1150 for 500-level or undergraduate courses to determine textbook availability.
  • The Graduate Office, located in the west wing on the second floor of the Administration Building, is open from 8 am - 5 pm, Monday through Friday and can be contacted at 660-562-1145 of

Northwest-Kansas City

Northwest-Kansas City is proud of its history of offering Northwest courses and programs at off-campus sites. Currently courses are offered at Northwest-Kansas City at 6889 North Oak Trafficway, Suite 400, Gladstone, MO  64118. To view program availability and directions to these locations, visit the Northwest-Kansas City website at For more information please contact one of the following:

Northwest-Kansas City