How do I add a student to my class?

There are five ways you can add students to your class:

  1. Manually create students' accounts
  2. Import students via Google Classroom
  3. Import students via Clever
  4. Import students via ClassLink
  5. Import students via Canvas

Manual Account Creation:

Once you've created your classes, your students can manually join your class.

First, go to your Manage Classes page and find the class. If there are no students in the class yet, click the Add Students button. If there is already at least one student in the class, click Options > Add Students. You will be provided with the class code and a student sign-up link. You can then instruct students to join in one of two ways:

  • For students without an existing CommonLit account: Provide them with the designated class code and direct them to go to www.commonlit.org/en/enroll. There, they will enter the class code and fill out their profile information.
  • For students with an existing CommonLit account: Instruct them to log in and go to their My Account & Classes page. Then, students should select "Add class code" or "Add another class code" and enter your class code. 

CommonLit has also created a printable handout for students to help them sign-up for and log into CommonLit. Follow the provided link to access it.

If students include their Google email address when signing up for their CommonLit account, they can sign in to their accounts using the "Log in with Google" option on the CommonLit login page moving forward.

While CommonLit is designed for students to create their own accounts using the class code, teachers can also use their class codes to create each of their students' accounts one at a time.

Google Import

If you create a class by importing from Google Classroom, CommonLit will automatically create your students' accounts for them. You do not need to manually invite them to join your class.

Students should log in using Google Single Sign On by clicking the "Log in with Google" option on the CommonLit login page. 

The first time they log in, they will be prompted to create CommonLit passwords. This is because all students imported from Google Classroom have backup usernames and passwords. You can view their usernames/emails and help them reset their passwords from the Manage Students page.

Clever Import

If you create a class by importing from Clever, CommonLit will automatically create your students' accounts for them. You do not need to manually invite them to join your class.

Students should log in using Clever Single Sign On by clicking the "Log in with Clever" option on the CommonLit login page. 

ClassLink Import

If your class is shared through ClassLink to CommonLit, CommonLit will automatically create your students' accounts for them. You do not need to manually invite them to join your class.

Students should log in through their ClassLink LaunchPad to access their CommonLit account.

Canvas Import

If you create a class by importing from Canvas, CommonLit will automatically create your students' accounts for them. You do not need to manually invite them to join your class.

When students click on a CommonLit assignment from Canvas, they most often will be logged directly into CommonLit. However, if it is their first time accessing CommonLit that year, they may see a CommonLit log in screen where they can then log in with Clever, Google, ClassLink, or manually using their CommonLit email or username and password. If students get stuck on this screen, you can reset their CommonLit password and look up their CommonLit username from the Manage Students page.


Interested in integrating CommonLit with ClassLink, Clever, or Canvas at your school? Check out School Essentials PRO to save time and get set up quickly. Learn more about CommonLit's integrations here.