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Logging in to Cougar Courses

  1. Cougar Courses is located at You can also access by going to the CSUSM homepage, clicking Campus Apps in the upper right, and then Cougar Courses.

 Cougar Courses link on CSUSM homepage

  1. Click the login button in the upper right or on the left.

 Cougar Courses homepage

  1. Enter your CSUSM username into the Username  NoteYour username is everything before the @ in your student email. If you do not know your username, please contact the Faculty/Staff Technology Help Desk.
  2. Enter your CSUSM password into the Password  Note: If you do not know your password, contact the Faculty/Staff Technology Help Desk.
  3. If after entering your username and password you see this page, click the “Click this button to log in.”

 secondary login page

  1. After successful login, you should be taken to your “My Courses” page. If you get a “Bad Request – Request Too Long” error when attempting to login, you can either clear your browser’s cookies and cache or try a different browser.

Your My Courses page

My Courses page from an instructor's view

  1. In the center you will see any visible courses.
  2. Click on the link Hidden Courses underneath your visible courses to display your hidden courses. If you do not have any visible courses, all of your courses will be displayed in the center. Note: You can tell a course is hidden from students because "Not published to students" is displayed under the course name and progress bar. Courses are by default hidden from students until instructors manually make them visible.
  3. On the right hand side you will see useful reminders: activities with upcoming deadlines, activities with submissions that need to be graded, messages, and recent forum posts.
  4. Along the top, under your name, you will see links to your Profile, Dashboard (another view of your available courses), Preferences (including notification and messaging preferences), Grades, and the link to Logout.
  5. You can organize your courses by year. To do so, you will need to set an end date for each course. Please see our help guide Setting a Course Start/End Date. Once the end date for a course has passed, that course will appear on the appropriate year tab.