Discover how Top Hat can help you in the classroom and beyond.
Have your voice heard through in-class discussions that help you participate, even in the biggest lecture halls.
Connect directly with your professor, receiving real-time feedback on your learning through quizzes and assignments that match how you learn best.
Learn with current and relevant content with our media rich, Interactive textbooks
Our commitment to accessibility and affordability allows for an equitable learning experience for all students
See why students like learning with Top Hat.
more engaging than traditional textbooks
of students would recommend to instructors
more engaging than other educational products
You can use Top Hat through an internet browser or
an app on your mobile device. For internet browsers,
Top Hat can be used on the three latest versions of
Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari as well as
Microsoft Edge. Top Hat is optimized for Google
Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, so we recommend you
use one of those two browsers. Please note that Top
Hat does not support Internet Explorer. The Top Hat
mobile app can be downloaded on both iOS (Apple)
and Android devices.
Easily create your account through a web browser
by navigating to tophat.com and clicking “Sign Up” in
the top right hand corner. Once there, click “Student”
and enter the six-digit course code provided by your
instructor. Once you’re signed up, you’ll be able to
log in and access your courses across all devices.
For more detailed instructions on creating your
account, check out this support article.
When you enroll in a Top Hat course that requires
paid Top Hat products, you will have the option to
initiate a 14-day free trial for the course from the
checkout page. You will see the option to start a free
trial for your instructor's course above the required
course materials listed at checkout. The trial will start
as soon as you click the Start 14 Day Free Trial
button on the checkout page. In order to take full
advantage of the free trial, we recommend starting
the trial on or after your first day of class. That way
you can use Top Hat in your course for free for the
first two weeks of class. Please note that the free
trial option only appears when enrolling in a course
through a web browser as opposed to through the
You can request a refund for a Top Hat product for a
period of up to 14 days following your purchase.
When a refund is granted, a student’s access to the
Top Hat products that were refunded will be
immediately terminated and all records (including
grades) associated with the products will be
permanently deleted. Top Hat can only provide
refunds for Top Hat products purchased directly from
tophat.com, while Top Hat access keys purchased at
a campus bookstore can only be refunded by the
bookstore. For more information on requesting a
refund, check out this support article.
Students can use the Gradebook in their Top Hat
course to track their progress as they complete work
both inside and outside of class. Your Top Hat
Gradebook contains the record for all of the graded
material you have completed in Top Hat including
in-class questions, quizzes, assignments, readings
and attendance. If your instructor is using Top Hat, it
is likely that a portion or all of your Top Hat grades
will be included in your overall course grade. That is
why we recommend you make a habit of checking
your Gradebook regularly and comparing it to your
grade(s) in your school's Learning Management
System (i.e. Canvas, Blackboard, D2L, etc). To view
your Gradebook, click the "Gradebook" tab in your
course, where you will find your total grade on all
Top Hat course material. For more information on
navigating the gradebook, check out this support article.
We’re here to help! Navigate to the Top Hat Success Center
for a full list of support options, including
detailed articles on common questions, phone
support, and live chat.
Why educators and students love Top Hat.
“I use Top Hat to assign online homework and create in-class interactive activities. Overall,
Top Hat lowered the DFW rates and improved student performance in my course.”
Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
“Top Hat makes me feel more confident that what I am teaching is working well.
It definitely keeps students engaged; they are less likely to wander away from the lecture.”
Professor, Baruch College
“The entire platform was extremely user friendly; I wish that my entire university used
this platform rather than just this one teacher.”