Catalyst or Canvas?

UC uses two different web–based systems for registration and instruction: Catalyst and Canvas. This page details the difference between the two systems, so you can make sure you are registered correctly and can access your course materials.

Catalyst is the student information system at the University of Cincinnati. All registration transactions must happen within Catalyst for them to appear on a student's transcript.

Canvas is a teaching tool. This tool allows faculty to give students access to class materials. Canvas classes are available after the instructor makes the information available to the entire class. Depending on when a student registers, it may take 24–48 hours for the Canvas class to appear for a student.

In rare circumstances, instructors may manually grant an individual student access to view the Canvas class. Since registration does not happen in Canvas, this does not mean that a student is officially registered via Catalyst. Faculty do not have the ability to register students in Catalyst.

As a student, it is your responsibility to make sure that you are appropriately registered in Catalyst since this is where your student record is stored.