How do I sign up for a Canvas account with a join code or secret URL as a student?

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

If you are using Canvas through your institution, you will most likely already have an account and need to accept a course invitation. Your institution will email your login information. If you do not yet have an account, you can create an account when you accept the course invitation.

If you are not using Canvas through your institution, you can create your own account. 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.

Note: Once you create an account, you can request to delete your account at any time. Deleting your Canvas account cannot be undone and will delete all Canvas information including courses, assignments, grades, and participation. Do not request to have your account deleted unless you are certain you absolutely no longer require any access to your prior Canvas activity. To request to have your account deleted, open the Help menu and submit a ticket to Canvas support through the Report a Problem link.

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Create Your Own Account

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

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

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

Create Canvas Account

Create Canvas Account

Click the Need a Canvas Account? link.

Sign Up As a Student

Sign Up As a Student

Click the I'm a Student button.

Complete Registration

Complete Registration

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 terms of use checkbox.
  7. Confirm that you are not a robot by completing the Captcha form (if enabled by your institution)
  8. Click the Start Learning button.