Create an Account (US Higher Education)

Create a Cengage account to access your products and set up your course. Don't create an account if you use a learning management system (LMS) like Blackboard® or Canvas™ or NGLSync to access Cengage. After your first sign in on these platforms, an account is automatically created for you.


Note If you teach at multiple institutions, create a separate account for each institution. Otherwise, you should have only one Cengage account.
Note If you manage your K-12 course through NGLSync, see Create Account (NGLSync).

Cengage partners with SheerID® to verify your identity.

  1. Go to
  2. Click Create Account.
  3. When asked if you're a student, click No.
  4. Enter your institutional email address and click Next.

    Use the same email address you use to sign in to your LMS.

  5. Enter the requested information and select your institution.

    If you cannot find your institution:

    1. Select I could not find my institution.
    2. Enter the information Cengage needs to verify your institution:
      • Your institution's name and location
      • Your supervisor's name, email address, and phone number

      Cengage will verify your information and add your institution to the list of available institutions.

  6. Read and accept the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.
  7. Click Verify my Identity.

    Cengage uses SheerID to verify your identity and prevent fraudulent account creation. Many users are instantly verified.

  8. If you are not instantly verified, SheerID will email you for more information.
    1. Open your email from SheerID and click Click here to provide additional information.

      The SheerID Document Upload page opens.

    2. Upload a school-issued document from the current year showing your name and your school.

      Acceptable documents include:

      • A copy of your instructor ID
      • A screenshot from your institution's online portal or learning management system showing your current courses
      • A link to your instructor profile on your institution's website
      • An official letter from your institution stating that you are an active instructor
      If you have issues uploading your documentation, contact SheerID at
    3. Click Submit.

      You will be notified of your results in the next 20 minutes.

    4. If your identity is not verified, you can resubmit proof of identity two more times.

      If SheerID cannot verify your identity, the Cengage customer support team will attempt to verify your identity manually. You will receive email updates on your status.

    Cengage sends you an activation email. If your identity has not been verified, you cannot access instructor-only features.

  9. Open the activation email and click Activate Cengage Account.

Your account is created.