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Northwest Scheduler

NEW for Summer/Fall 2021 Preregistration

Northwest Scheduler empowers students to find the perfect class schedule and reduces registration frustration. Northwest Scheduler allows students to optimize their schedule and maximize credit hours by adding breaks (times when a student is not available for class due to work, practice, etc.) and viewing a variety of schedules based on student criteria.

Step-by-Step Guide


Launch Northwest Scheduler from CatPAWS

To begin in Northwest Scheduler, select the term, campus, and student level. Each of these selections may be changed later.

  • On campus students (including those taking WB--web-based--courses) should select the Northwest-Maryville and Northwest-Kansas City option.
  • Otherwise, select Online Professional (OP) or Web Only (WO) to match your student status.

CatPAWS Login


Add Courses

Click Add Course to begin adding courses you wish to take. You can find courses by subject, attribute (NW Core category, Web course, Northwest-Kansas City, etc.), instructor, or CRN. Once you find the course, click Add Course to include the course in your schedule. Repeat this process to include all courses you would like to include in your schedule, and then click Done to return to the main screen.


Manage Breaks and Change Filters (Optional)

Click Add Break if there are times you are not available for class. Examples include work, practice, and family obligations. You may also filter courses by status (open/full/waitlist) or parts of term (full term, block courses, OP1, etc.) using the buttons labeled Change at the top of the page.


Generate Schedules

Click Generate Schedules to show all potential schedules based on filters, breaks, and courses.

  • Preview a schedule by hovering over the magnifying glass to see when classes are offered in that schedule.
  • Compare schedules by clicking the checkboxes of up to 4 schedules and then click compare to view side-by-side.
  • View a schedule allows you to see full details for each course in the schedule.
  • Use the arrow button in the top right to move through the schedule options.
  • Locking a section will remove other potential schedules without that particular section. Locking will help to narrow down your schedule results and essentially builds the schedule around the particular section that is locked.
  • Favorite a schedule by clicking over the heart icon. This allows you to name the schedule and save it so you can easily refer back to it later. You can favorite multiple schedules by naming them differently.

Send to Registration Cart

Once you have found the schedule you would like to register for, click Send to Registration Cart.


Complete Registration

After sending to the Registration cart, your classes will appear in CatPAWS. Click Register to begin the enrollment process. Students will be taken to a screen where it asks for their Alternate Pin (ALT PIN) which is received following advisement. Enter the ALT PIN and click Submit. Error messages regarding prerequisites, supersede courses, campus restrictions, and course availability may appear during this step.