Canvas: Getting Started for Students

How to Access Courses in Canvas

Canvas can be accessed through the MyU portal under Key Links or on the Academics tab, or by going directly to

Your first time logging into Canvas you must accept the “terms of use.” If you don’t, you will not be able to see your classes.

If you don't see a course site for a class you are enrolled in, it's likely it has not yet been published by the instructor. You may want to email the instructor to inquire about when they will be publishing their Canvas course site.

Where to Get Help Using Canvas

Canvas help resources are available below. You can also get help by clicking on the Question Mark icon located on the lower left corner of the Canvas dashboard. If you have issues accessing Canvas contact UMN Technology Help.

Self-Help Resources for Students

  • Learning Online 101: a self-paced course that prepares you for technical and academic success in online and hybrid courses
  • Student Guide: a written guide with step-by-step instructions for Canvas tools
  • Canvas Student Orientation: a self-paced online guide containing resources to help students use Canvas in their academic courses

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