Canvas, Roster Uploads, Course Available

Overview of when student rosters are loaded into Canvas courses.

Registrar-affiliated class rosters are uploaded into Canvas course spaces twice daily beginning at 5:00 am CST and 5:00 pm CST.

Rosters are first loaded the Thursday before the first day of the semester.

Instructors, Teaching Assistants, Course Builders/Designers

A newly-created course space may take up to 12 hours before its roster is uploaded, depending on when the course was created between the scheduled, twice daily roster loads.

If you have a need for a roster to be uploaded immediately, contact the Technology Services Help Desk.

Note: For Canvas spaces, the space must be published before students can have access to it. Read on to learn more about publishing a Canvas space at  Canvas, Publishing a course.


Rosters are loaded the Thursday before the first day of classes, but you may not see an Canvas course space for a few reasons:
  • Your instructor may have hidden the course space from students while he or she adds course content.
  • The course space may not have been created yet. 
  • The course may not be taught on Canvas and is instead on Moodle ( your instructor's syllabus to see if an alternate website is listed.
If you are a student who has just registered for a course, it may take up to 3 days for the course to appear in your Canvas course list; contact your instructor if you need more immediate access to the course space. If it has been longer than 3 days since you registered for a course, and you still do not see it listed, contact the contact the Technology Services Help Desk.