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Login Help for Students

Are you a Cabrillo College student? Do you need help logging into Canvas? If so, then you've come to the right place! Please follow the instructions below to get started with Canvas at Cabrillo.

Before you activate your Canvas account

  • Only students registered for a course in the current term will be able to have access to Canvas at Cabrillo. If you have not already done so, then please register for your course in WebAdvisor. If you need help with WebAdivsor, then check our Network & Accounts support page.
  • Term Settings - Student access to Canvas is limited by term settings. These are not the same as the academic term! Please refer to the list below to find the current settings. These dates are subject to change. For information about early starting classes, please contact the instructor of your course.
    • Spring 2018: January 22 - June 30
    • Fall 2017: August 21 - December 30
  • Canvas course enrollments update daily to synchronize with WebAdvisor. After you register for a course in WebAdvisor, you should be able to activate your account and log in the following day by 8am or later. If you are still unable to activate your account by that time, then please call us right away.

How to activate your Canvas account

  • Carefully fill out the text fields on that page. sample account activation
    • The last name should not include any spaces or hyphens. For example, the last name Jones-Garcia should be typed as "jonesgarcia" into the last name text field, as in the screen clipping to the right.
    • The date of birth should be exactly six digits, with no spaces, slashes, or hyphens.
    • The student ID number should be exactly seven digits.
    • The password must be at least 6 characters long, and identical in the two fields for password.
    • When all the text fields are filled out correctly, click the submit button at the bottom of the page.
  • If the account activation is successful, then your username will appear on the screen. It will be in green lettering, and up to ten characters long. Usernames are automatically generated by the system. The formula for generating usernames is the first two letters of your first name, followed by the first four letters of your last name (or your entire last name if it is less than four characters long), followed by the last four digits of your student ID number. For example, Robert Jones-Garcia with a student ID of 0123456 will have a username of rojone3456.
  • If you receive an error message after clicking the submit button, then please contact the TLC for further assistance.
sample error message

Log into Canvasmost sought pages drop down menu

After you have successfully activated your account, you may log into Canvas through the Cabrillo Canvas login page. Be sure to bookmark this page in your browser for future reference. You can also access the Canvas login page through the global navigation bar above. Open the drop-down menu for "Most sought pages", and select the option for Canvas, as in the screen clipping to the right.

Canvas icon

There is a link to the Canvas login page in the global footer as well.


For additional assistance, please refer to the Canvas Guides for Students, contact the TLC, or stop by the library to get help from the student tech assistant there.

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