Getting started with Canvas and accessing my course

This article will review what to expect from your Canvas invite, and how to access your course for the first time

After you register for a course, you can expect to receive two different emails:

  1. Confirmation Email (Confirms registration details)
  2. Canvas Invite (Invitation to join the course)

For open enrollment courses your Canvas invite will be sent in 1-2 business days, for all other courses see course descriptions or reach out to for more information.

What is Canvas? 

Canvas is the platform you will use to access your coursework like assignments and activities,  as well as communicate with your program coordinator. This is where you will submit assignments and see grading information. 

Canvas Invites

Most invites will come directly from Canvas ( so make sure to check your spam folder or whitelist the email address with your email provider.

  1. To access your class, first select Get Started in the email
  2. Then you will be asked if you have a Canvas account. If you do have an account, you can use that account to get signed in by selecting I Have a Canvas Account. If not, select Create My Account
  3. Once registered, you should see a banner at the top of your Canvas account where you will be able to select Accept to get access to the course
  4. You should now be able to access your canvas course!

Occasionally a Program Coordinator will need to send your canvas link manually. If this occurs you will receive a link via email (this will come from an email address)

It will look something like this:

After selecting this you'll be prompted to login or to create a new account. Once logged in you will be able to access your course.

If you are prompted to add a code use the letters/digits at the end of the URL so in the example above you'd use "JYj8jk9Q".