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Logging in to Cougar Courses (Students)

NOTICE: Course Visibility

Instructors manually make courses visible. Some instructors make them visible before classes start, some on the first day of classes, and some instructors make them visible just before the class meeting time. Check MyCSUSM to make sure you are officially registered for the course. It can take 24 hours from when you officially register to when you are added to the course in Cougar Courses. If you have been officially enrolled for more than 24 hours and do not see the course, please contact your instructor. You will find their email addresses by quering the CSUSM search bar.

Cougar Courses Log in Procedures

  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 Student Technology Help Desk.
  2. Enter your CSUSM password into the Password  Note: If you do not know your password, contact the Student 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.*
    1. In the center you will see any visible courses. Note: Courses are hidden until instructors make them visible to students. If you do not see one of your courses listed, contact the instructor.
    2. On the right hand side you will see useful reminders: activities with upcoming deadlines (unfortunately this does not include all activities/due dates, so you will want to check your course schedule/syllabus for all due dates), activities with instructor feedback, and recent messages.
    3. 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.

 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.