Audience Engagement for Students

Top Hat is a teaching and learning cloud-based interactive platform that turns students’ web-enabled devices into virtual clickers. Top Hat offers a comprehensive way to track student engagement and participation, more options in creating interactive lectures, and other opportunities to enrich learning.

Top Hat License

Purchasing a License

If your instructor uses Top Hat, the Iowa State Book Store will add a Top Hat license to your required course materials list. You will need to purchase a Top Hat license before you can enroll in the Top Hat section of a course and/or access Top Hat course material. Top Hat licenses are available for purchase at the Iowa State University Book Store or through the Top Hat website. By ordering through the ISU Book Store you can use your Student Financial Aid account (U-Bill) to purchase the license.

You have three options when purchasing a Top Hat license:

  • Five-year license: $50.00
  • One-year license: $25.00
  • One-semester license: $17.00

The license covers all courses that use Top Hat for the duration of the license period. However, if your instructor(s) opt to use Premium Top Hat Marketplace content (textbooks) or secure test, you are required to pay for these features in addition to the license. 

Redeeming your Subscription Code

If you purchase your Top Hat license through the Iowa State Book Store, it needs to be converted into a Top Hat subscription code prior to using the code on the Top Hat website. To redeem your Iowa State Book Store code for a Top Hat subscription code go to For help in completing this process, read the Top Hat article on redeeming bookstore codes

Creating your account

You can create a Top Hat account at any time, but you must have purchased a Top Hat license before enrolling in the Top Hat section of courses or access course materials in the Top Hat system. Note: You must sign up with your Iowa State e-mail to receive discounted pricing. 

To create an account:

  1. Go to the Top Hat website
  2. Select 'Sign-up'
  3. Select 'Student' and follow the on-screen instructions

For help creating an account visit Student: Account Creation in the Top Hat Student Orientation page.

Accessing your Account

You can access your Top Hat account (answer questions, view grades, etc.) using most computer web browsers, and through the Top Hat app for your Android or iOS device. For other devices, such as Windows Phone, use the built-in browser.

Log In to Top Hat

There is no limit on the number of devices you can use to access Top Hat. If you do not have a computer or smart-device to use, visit equipment & laptop checkout services to borrow a laptop or device.


Contact the Solution CenterTop Hat Support, or e-mail