How do I create a Canvas account as a Student?

If you do not already have a Canvas account, you need to create an account before you can log in.

If you are using Canvas through your institution, you will most likely already have an account; your institution will provide your login information. If not, you can create an account when you accept a course invitation from your instructor.

If you are not using Canvas through your institution, your instructor will provide you with a join code to link you directly to the course. This code will be sent to you separately from the Canvas email that invites you to join the course. If you need to create an account in Canvas but have not received your join code via email, please contact your instructor or institution for help with logging in.

Accept a Course Invitation

Accept a Course Invitation

If you've enrolled in or been invited to a Canvas course, you will receive an email that contains your institution's Canvas URL [1] and your email address to use for your login [2]. To accept the course invitation, click the Get Started button [3] or the Click here to get started link [4].

Accept Course

Canvas will take you to your course and ask you to Accept the enrollment. Click the Accept button.

Create a Canvas Account

Click the Create My Account button.

Note: If you already have a Canvas account, click the I Have a Canvas Account button. You'll be directed to the Canvas login page.

Complete Registration

Create a password [1], enter your time zone [2], and click the terms of use checkbox [3]. Then click the Register button [4].

Create Your Own Account

Create Your Own Account

If you don't yet have an account, you can set one up for yourself without an email link.

Note: You must have a join code from your instructor or institution to create your account.

To create your account, open a browser and type into your browser.

Click to Register

Click the Need a Canvas Account? Click Here, It's Free! banner.

Sign Up As a Student

Sign Up As a Student

Click the I'm a Student button.

Complete Signup Information

Complete Signup Information

Complete the following fields:

  1. Enter the course join code in the join code field. This code will be emailed to you by your instructor or institution—the email is separate from your email invitation to join the course.
  2. Enter your name in the full name field.
  3. Enter your username in the username field.
  4. Set your password by typing in the password field.
  5. Confirm your password by typing your password in the confirm password field.
  6. Agree to the terms of use by clicking the You agree to the terms of use checkbox.
  7. Click the Start Learning button. You will be redirected to the login page.

View Course

You are now enrolled in the course.

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