1. CONFIRM YOUR REGISTRATION: New students will receive a registration confirmation letter via mail containing your University ID number and password to login to AccessPlus. If you register for courses within 5 days of the beginning of your course, you will receive these letters via email. Continuing students can verify their registration using AccessPlus.

2. REQUEST AN ISU ID CARD: If you wish to have a physical ISU ID card mailed to you, please contact distance@iastate.edu to request it.

3. SET UP YOUR ACCOUNTS: Once you have received your letter with your University ID number and temporary password, you will need to set up the student accounts listed below to access important account and course information.

  • ISU NetID Setup-Unique identifier which you will use to access many accounts at ISU.
  • Okta-One-stop dashboard to access most ISU applications.
  • Student Email-Primary method of communication at ISU via Outlook.

Go to ISU IT and follow the steps in the Get Started section.

4. LOGIN TO ACCESSPLUS: AccessPlus is your secure, personalized online resource for accessing important and confidential university information such as your class schedule, U-Bill, grade reports, and transcripts. Iowa State no longer mails paper bills or grade reports, so students are required to log into AccessPlus to view this information. Students should become familiar with this system as soon as possible.

5. PURCHASE YOUR TEXTBOOKS: Textbooks for your course can be viewed and ordered online through AccessPlus under the Student tab – Class Schedule page. Students are also free to contact the University Bookstore directly or order textbooks online through any source.

6. VISIT ISU LIBRARY’S DISTANCE LEARNING GUIDE: Get acquainted with the ISU Library’s online services.

7. TEST YOUR COMPUTER: Before your class begins, it is wise to review our Computer Requirements to ensure your device will meet the technical demands of your online class.

8. LOGIN TO CANVAS: Most online courses at Iowa State University are delivered via Canvas, and you can login with your NetID and password. If you are having troubles accessing Canvas please visit the Solution Center.