You may have seen the signs around campus, you may have watched the video, but if you don’t already know…Catalyst is Coming! University of Cincinnati’s new student portal, Catalyst will change how you take care of your student-related services, from class registration to paying your bill.
WHAT IS A STUDENT PORTAL?
Picture the Catalyst portal like a house. Unlock the front door with your 6+2 and password, and inside you’ll find rooms filled with many of the student functions found on the One Stop website, including:
- View Class Offerings
- Add/Drop Classes
- Run Degree Audit
- View Grade Report
- View/Pay Bills
- Apply for Financial Aid
- Check Aid Status
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE NEW FEATURES?
Catalyst will offer the convenience we know UC students want, offering a variety of services that once required students to log in individually. Some of the new features of Catalyst are:
- Class registration on one screen. It will no longer be necessary to copy and paste the class Call Number from one page to another.
- Preferred name capability. Beginning August 2016, you will be able to add a preferred name in Catalyst, meaning class and grade rosters will accurately reflect how you would like to be addressed.
- 24/7 availability. No more blackout periods except during system maintenance periods.
- Mobile enablement. The Catalyst student portal will be accessible through multiple devices.
WHEN WILL I BE ABLE TO USE CATALYST FOR THE FIRST TIME?
On Monday, Feb. 29, you will be able to view class offerings for the Fall 2016 semester. Although it will not be necessary to log in to the Catalyst portal, the look and feel will be different than what you’re used to.
Additional functionality will be released throughout the spring and summer semesters, with the full suite of services available August 2016.
WILL ONE STOP STILL EXIST? WHAT ABOUT CANOPY/BLACKBOARD?
Absolutely! The One Stop website will still be the destination for all of your student business and where you’ll log in to Catalyst. And of course, the One Stop Student Service Center remains in University Pavilion for any questions regarding your UC-related business.
A separate tool, Canopy is still your destination for all eLearning-related services.
WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?
Additional information about what’s changing and when can be found on the Catalyst website. And keep an eye out for the #CatalystUC hashtag for news and updates on the new portal.