Top Hat - Account Setup (Students)

UW-Madison has procured an enterprise license for Top Hat, which takes effect for the Fall 2022 semester. The new license will allow all UW-Madison instructors and students to use the tool without paying for subscriptions.

Use your UW-Madison credentials to log on to Top Hat. Guidance from your instructor will be provided about how Top Hat will be used within your course. Please keep in mind that instructors can chose to use Top Hat differently; some may choose to send you an email invitation to their course and others may simply provide you with an access code in class.

Logging on to Top Hat

  1. From a web browser, go to
  2. Click the Sign-up link in the upper right side of the screen.
Sign Up Page
  • Click Student.
  • Student option
    1. Enter the six-digit Top Hat join code provided by your instructor. If you were not provided a join code, click the Search by school link and select University of Wisconsin-Madison.
    Enter join code
    1. You will be redirected to the UW-Madison identity management system where you will enter your UW-Madison NetID login credentials.
    UW-Madison Login Screen
    1. After entering your information you will be redirected back to the Top Hat login page where you will have two options to select from to continue.
    login choice

    If you have not already created a Top Hat account:

    1. Click Continue creating a new student account.
      • This option is for users who do NOT yet have a Top Hat account and are registering with Top Hat for the first time.
    2. Complete the registration steps to finalize your account; you will automatically be taken through the Top Hat account creation steps.
      • Enter your first and last name. Your email and username are automatically populated and you will not be able to edit those fields. Make sure you do NOT edit your email later, it must be your university email to match grades in Canvas.
      • The password you enter here is ONLY for logging on to the Top Hat mobile app. Using the mobile app is optional, but a password must be created in order to complete this registration process.
      • Be sure to select "I agree with the terms and conditions."
      Account details screen
    3. Going forward, you will use your UW-Madison NetID login credentials to access Top Hat. To do this, go to

    If you have previously created a Top Hat account:

    1. Click Update with an existing account.
      • This option is for users who ALREADY have a Top Hat account and need to associate their account to their UW-Madison NetID account.
    2. Enter your existing Top Hat user credentials in the Username and Password fields that appear, then click the Login button. This will automatically associate your Top Hat account with your UW-Madison NetID credentials.
    3. Going forward, you will use your UW-Madison NetID login credentials to access Top Hat. To do this, go to

    Enrolling in the Course & Purchasing a Subscription

    If you don't already have a Top Hat subscription, you will need to purchase one when you access your course.
    1. In Top Hat, next to the course name, click the Enroll button. If you do not yet have a subscription to Top Hat, this will take you to a subscription screen.
    2. Purchase a subscription screen
    3. Select your preferred subscription term and payment option and follow the instructions on screen to complete your payment. You will then have access to your Top Hat courses.

    Getting Help

    If you have questions or are having technical difficulty with Top Hat, please contact them at their Support Center or by phone at (888) 663-5491.

    Complying with UW-Madison Policies

    UW-Madison's Responsible Use of Information Technology Policy applies to Top Hat.

    Students using Top Hat for UW-Madison courses must abide by the Dean of Students Office's Guidelines for Academic Integrity.

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