Canvas courses are created for all academic-graded sections, but using a Canvas course is an instructor’s choice.
If your Canvas course is not published after the first day of classes, check with your instructor to see what resources they will use.

  • Courses usually open the Friday before each semester starts
  • Courses close a few weeks after each semester ends
  • Summer is treated as one big semester

Most Canvas courses open and close for students on these dates:

SemesterOpen (12:00 am)Close (12:00 am)
Fall 2021August 19, 2021January 13, 2022
Spring 2022January 14, 2022June 1, 2022
Summer 2022May 13, 2022August 19, 2022
Fall 2022August 19, 2022January 13, 2023