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Access your Canvas course

Courses are automatically provisioned well in advance of the beginning of each quarter. Canvas courses are generally available as soon as the official Time Schedule for the upcoming quarter is released.

To access your course, follow these steps:

  1. Go to and log in with your UW NetID.
  2. In the left sidebar, click Courses.
  3. Scroll down and click All Courses. A list of all your provisioned courses will appear. To customize which courses appear in the Courses menu, click the star to the left of the course title.

When will my course be available?

Here are the approximate dates that your courses will be created in Canvas for future quarters. These dates are driven by the time schedule construction calendar of each of the three campuses.

Autumn 2019 Winter 2020 Spring 2020 Summer 2020
UW Bothell April 1, 2019 Sept 20, 2019  Jan 3, 2020
Jan 17, 2020
UW Seattle March 27, 2019 July 22, 2019 Nov 4, 2019 Dec 18, 2019
UW Tacoma March 27, 2019 Sept 9, 2019 Nov 25, 2019 Jan 6, 2020

Canvas course creation logistics

Courses are automatically created in Canvas from the official time schedule as early as possible — even before the time schedule is officially published. When time schedule construction is closed to departments, and the switch is flipped (not a literal switch, but still a manual task for the registrar’s office), the provisioning system begins querying for courses and creating them in the UW’s Canvas. Initially, course creation could take a couple of days to work through the over 10,000 offerings for each quarter. This date is different for each campus, each quarter because the time schedule construction calendar is different. A complicating factor is that the provisioning system can maintain three total quarters — current plus two future. All of that results in the dates you see above.

Last reviewed May 25, 2017