Graduate Admit - First Steps

Get Ready for Classes

Step 6




Xavier uses Canvas, which is very student friendly, as its online course management system. Once you register for the first course you will have access to Canvas. Access Canvas through the Student Hub or by navigating to Use your Xavier username and password to login.

Getting Started in Canvas:
Once you are in Canvas you will first want to configure your account settings and notification settings by clicking on the "Settings" link at the top-right hand corner of Canvas. If you want announcements sent through Canvas from your instructor to go to another email address or be texted to a cell phone number, you can adjust those settings within the notifications area.

Tutorial for changing your user settings
Tutorial for setting your notification preferences

If you opt not to change your notification settings, announcements and messages sent through Canvas will go to your Xavier email address.

You may also want to add a profile picture to your account so that your classmates and instructors can see your picture when you contribute to activities in Canvas.

Tutorial for adding a profile picture to your account

Once you have configured your settings in Canvas, you can access your courses by hovering over the "Courses" menu at the top of Canvas. Access your grades in a course by clicking the "Grades" link in the course navigation menu. Lastly, you can message other Canvas users including your instructors by using the "Inbox" link at the top-right of Canvas.

Guides on using the messaging features in Canvas

For more information on getting started with Canvas, please visit Xavier's Student Introduction to Canvas.

Technology Support:

Technology support is available through Xavier 24/7. Help for technology issues can be access through Xavier's help desk (513-745-HELP) or the options listed on the Help Desk website.

For issues related to Canvas, access help within Canvas by clicking on Help in the bottom left-hand corner of your course page. You'll see listed access to online guides, tutorials and live chat. You can also call Canvas 24/7 at 855-778-9967.

More information on technology for new students, including recommendations for computing equipment

Course Materials

From the Student Hub, the "Purchase Textbooks" link allows you to look up required books for your classes. Book information for purchase or rent is available, as well the book ISBN and title/author/edition details. If your class uses materials such as case packets, a link will be provided to you directly from the faculty teaching the course to purchase the packet via a web link. The Xavier Bookstore is located online, as well as in Gallagher Student Center, to make textbook ordering simple and convenient.

Student ID Card

The ALL Card is the official form of identification for the Xavier University community. It also serves as a stored value campus debit card for purchases at most on-campus vending machines (including copiers and printers) and retail operations, as well as some off campus merchants. You should plan to obtain your ALL Card during your first week of classes by visiting the Musketeer Mezzanine in Justice Hall. More information can be found on the ALL Card Center website.


A valid permit is required for all vehicles parked on campus. More information regarding permit pricing, available parking locations, and related policies can be found on the Parking Services website.

Purchase your parking permit online. - Xavier username and password required. Must be enrolled in courses.

Navigating Campus

Xavier's campus is easily navigable, but as with any new adventure, it may take you a few days to get comfortable and find your way around. The resources below will help:

Campus map

Building names and abbreviations

Commuter Services and Off Campus Living