Access your Canvas course

Last updated: July 13, 2022

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 2022 Winter 2023 Spring 2023 Summer 2023
UW Bothell March 28, 2022 Sept 26, 2022  Jan 3, 2023
Jan 23, 2023
UW Seattle March 23, 2022 July 25, 2022 Nov 7, 2022 Dec 21, 2022
UW Tacoma March 28, 2022 Sept 12, 2022 Dec 19, 2022 Jan 9, 2023

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.