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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 2021 Winter 2022 Spring 2022 Summer 2022 Autumn 2022
UW Bothell March 29, 2021 Sept 27, 2021  Jan 3, 2021
Jan 24, 2022
March 28, 2022
UW Seattle March 24, 2021 July 26, 2021 Nov 8, 2021 Dec 22, 2021 TBD
UW Tacoma March 29, 2021 Sept 13, 2021 Dec 20, 2021 Jan 10 2022 TBD

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 December 1, 2021