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Continuing Students: Banner & Canvas Information


What is the difference between Banner Information System and Canvas?
Banner is the student registration system. It is accessible to students by clicking the “MySPU” button at the top right of any SPU webpage. Banner is used to:
  • Register, add, or drop classes during the designated dates each quarter
  • View transcripts and other student records, print unofficial copies of your transcript
  • Check financial aid information
  • Make payments on your student account
  • Submit timesheets and view student employment records
  • Request and maintain computer resources such as email and personal homepages
  • Register for or sign up for other events, such as Commencement and ASSP elections

If you are have difficulty logging into Banner or using the registration functions, contact Student Academic Services at 206-281-2031 or

Canvas is SPU’s online learning resource. Not all classes utilize this system, though many instructors use Canvas in a "blended" instructional format that integrates classroom lectures with online resources and components. Access Canvas by clicking the "MySPU" button at the top right of any SPU webpage. Canvas is used to:
  • Operate instructional tools for courses in which you’re currently registered
  • Submit coursework for current classes
If you have difficulty logging into Canvas or using its resources, contact Instructional Technology Services at 206-281-2170 or

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