Grand Canyon University (GCU) Student Portal Guide

College can be a vital phase of anyone’s life. With the amount of time, effort, financial resources, and other investments that come with going to a university and finishing a program, choosing the right university requires students to pick a facility-driven institution. It doesn’t only have high-quality physical facilities but online and digital facilities, too.

Grand Canyon University (GCU) is a private for-profit Christian University located in Phoenix, Arizona. 2018’s biggest Christian university worldwide; GCU is home to approximately 90,000 students, with around 70% of the population taking its programs online.

GCU’s high population of online students speaks for itself. The school has excellent online facilities that make its courses more convenient and easier to take in an online setting.

For an institution to cater to that high number of students earning their degrees online, it must have a good information and communication technology infrastructure that doesn’t just make it easier for the students, but for all of the school’s stakeholders such as the faculty and alumni.

In making the school a better environment for the students, GCU has made an effort to create one of the best student portal applications in the United States.

If you’re a Grand Canyon Student or planning to take your degree at GCU, this article will inform you about the portal’s features, proper portal use, its limitations, and everything you need to know about the GCU student portal.

Getting to the GCU Student Portal

Accessing the GCU student portal is easy. All you will need is a stable internet connection, so you can go to GCU portal using your internet browser. Once you get into the website, you will notice multiple login options on the welcome screen.

As a university that aims to make access easier for everyone, the portal offers multiple access for students, faculty, and parents. Furthermore, since the portal caters to many people, some people may inevitably have questions about using the portal. Because of this, the portal’s welcome screen also shows options for student portal login help and password reset to help people use it regardless of their technical expertise.

Logging in as a new GCU student

So, you just enrolled yourself in your dream program, and you want to start on the right foot by opening your student portal account for the first time and explore how it works, right? While it’s a great way of starting your GCU life, you need to know that there are some procedures you need to do first to ensure that your use of the portal will be hassle-free and secure.

Before you get to open your portal account and access your LoudCloud classroom, check your email, and try the student portal’s many features, here’s how you can open your account for the first time:

  • Step 1 – Go to https://gcuportal.gcu.edu and wait for the page to finish loading.
  • Step 2 – Select student access. You will be redirected to the student login page.
  • Step 3 – Check the username and temporary password that we sent you via email and use them as the credentials for logging in. If you haven’t received any emails about your login details, you may contact technical support to request a new email.
  • Step 4 – After logging in with the correct information, the portal will be asking you for more information. Select next to proceed.
  • Step 5 – The system will be prompting you to choose between three password recovery options; phone, email, or both. Choose the recovery option you prefer and make sure to enter the correct information.
    • If you choose the email option, you will need to enter your email account and click the Email Me button. After that, check your email account for the verification code you have to enter on the login page.
    • If you choose phone verification, you will need to enter your phone number. After that, click on the Text Me or Call Me button. After a few moments, you will receive an SMS or a call that will tell you the verification code that you have to enter on the login page.
    • If you want to be safe and secure when you lose your password, the best way to do it is by choosing both verification methods. When you do this, you would have to verify via both email and phone number.
  • Step 6 – After completing step 5, you will automatically be logged in to the student portal and start exploring its features. While you can keep the default password we sent you via email, you also have an option to change it to a personalized password.
  • Step 7 – To change your password, you will have to log out of the student portal. After that, select the forgot password button and follow the process carefully.

Logging in as an old GCU student, alumni, or faculty

If you’re not a new student anymore, or you’re a parent or faculty member, and you’ve already logged into your account before, the login process is very straightforward. To log in, all you have to do is follow these steps:

  • Step 1 – Go to https://gcuportal.gcu.edu and wait for the page to finish loading.
  • Step 2 – Select whether you need to log in as faculty, student, or parent. You need to be careful with this as every type of access has its own dedicated login page, and you won’t be able to log into your account if you select the wrong access type.
  • Step 3 – Enter your login details and wait to be signed in.

Forgot your password?

Did you forget your password, or do you need to use the forgot password feature to change the password of your new student portal account? Either way, here are the steps to claiming your account back and giving it a new password:

  • Step 1 – Click on the forgot password button on the login page.
  • Step 2
    • For those who chose the email verification method upon logging in for the first time, the system will ask you to enter your GCU email and complete a CAPTCHA test. If you do it successfully, you can reset your password.
    • If you chose your phone number for verification, there are two ways to reset your password; via SMS and phone call. With both options, you will receive a code. Once you receive it, enter the code. If you do everything right, you can reset your password.

Password Criteria

When selecting a new password, you have to be aware that there are certain rules that you will have to follow. The GCU student portal has password criteria that aim to protect the account owners from online infiltrators.

Here are the rules for creating a password for your GCU portal account:

  • You can enter a minimum of 8 characters and a maximum of 256.
  • The password needs to have at least three of the following:
    • Uppercase letters
    • Lowercase letters
    • Numbers (0-9)
    • Symbols (., /, ?, ;. :. ‘. “, [, {)

Other than these rules, the new password is restricted to these rules as well:

  • You can’t use any of your last five passwords as a new password.
  • You can’t include any personal information in the password. Doing so will increase the chances of your account getting compromised.
  • The password shouldn’t be easy to predict, so avoid using common passwords such as ‘password’ and ‘12345678’.

These criteria are in place to protect your privacy and security. Once everything’s in order and the password satisfies the password criteria, you can go to the login page and use your new password.

LoudCloud – GCU’s Online Learning Management System

In 2011, GCU announced that it has partnered with LoudCloud for a new online management learning system that aims to give students easy access to learning materials, an intuitive online learning platform, a calendar view of school requirements, and other advantages. GCU announced this after several years of using the Angel online learning platform.

After a year, GCU finally launched LoudCloud in 2012. The shift happened gradually and on a program-by-program basis to ensure that the students will have enough time to adjust to the university’s new online learning platform. The adjustment was easy, as GCU announced in early November during the same year that all programs have successfully shifted to LoudCloud.

It’s safe to say that LoudCloud didn’t disappoint, as GCU has been using it until now. With today’s demands for better online education, LoudCloud is one of the best online learning platforms out there that ticks most of the checkboxes of what you need in a good online learning platform.

To access LoudCloud, all you have to do is log in to your GCU student portal account. After that, everything is intuitive, and it should be easy for you to get the hang of LoudCloud.

Important GCU Links

Whether you’re a new student or already in the latter end of your program, there’s always something you don’t know about GCU that can help you have a more fulfilling and satisfying college life. To help you be aware of everything that’s happening in the institution and learn things you may want to know, here are some of the important GCU links that you can pay a visit during your free time:

  • Students– This page covers right about everything you need as a GCU student. On this page, you can log in to your portal account and contact technical support. But, the real highlights of this page are its other features.

Here, you will have access to past and future campus events, which can help you find events that suit your wants and needs as a student. You can also contact student affairs, see the transfer center, learn more about other GCU programs, and gain access to student resources.

  • Alumni relations– If you’re not a GCU student anymore, but you want to remember your roots, the alumni relations page is the right place for you. With many features, this page can help you stay up to date with everything there is to know about the GCU community. You can also request transcripts, purchase an alumni brick, buy GCU alumni merchandise, give a gift, and subscribe to the newsletter.
  • Athletics– It’s always a great thing when you know that the Lopes have a game. For more information about GCU’s athletes and teams, visit this page now.
  • GCU Arena– It’s always a great thing when the Lopes have a game, but it’s even better when you can be there to watch and show your support at the GCU Arena.
  • Grand Canyon Beverage Company– GCBC is a coffee shop organization run “by students, for students.” Not only is the coffee good, but all profits go to the benefit of the GCU students.
  • Canyon 49 Grill– Canyon 49 Grill is an eatery inside the Grand Canyon University. To book a takeout or a dine-in, open this link now.
  • Lope House– While high-level education is the main thing people go for in GCU, the university also has the Lope House, a neighborhood eatery at the Grand Canyon University Golf Course. To see the mouthwatering menu or to book events at the Lope House, visit this page now.
  • Lope Shops– Are you a proud member of the GCU community? Show it to the world with the GCU products that you can buy at the Lope Shop.
  • GCU Hotel– The GCU Hotel doesn’t only provide great amenities and hospitality; it also allows students to have experience and find their purpose.
  • GCU Golf Course– Do you want to play a relaxing and fun play of golf? You can do so inside the university at the GCU Golf Course.
  • Canyon Promotions– Are you looking for a dedicated team to provide the promotions and marketing for your brand? Canyon Promotions can make your custom apparel, giveaways, signages, and more.

Grand Canyon University Programs

If you’re looking for a university that offers quality education in almost every field, look no further than the Grand Canyon University.

GCU has of 9 different colleges, namely, the College of Doctoral Studies, Colangelo College of Business, College of Education, College of Fine Arts and Production, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, College of Science Engineering and Technology, College of Theology, and the Honors College.

With these nine colleges, GCU offers more than 200 programs. With this number, you can have a wide variety of choices regarding the field you want to study and have a better grasp of which degree really suits you. Of course, all these courses are taught at a high-level, may it be online using the GCU student portal and LoudCloud or whether you’re studying inside the campus.

Furthermore, it’s not only about the high-level, quality education that we offer. Because the university has such a wide variety of programs, you can enjoy college life being around people with different experiences, goals, and passions. It can help you have a better understanding of life and have a better perspective.

GCU is always welcome for new students, but even transferees can study well there. At GCU, the Transfer Center will help you get comfortable with the university as soon as possible. Also, you don’t have to worry about your progress in your previous university going unnoticed, as the Transfer Center will help students have credit on their previous studies and retain their progress.

The number of choices in terms of the fields of study you can pursue at GCU is impressive enough, but another thing that makes GCU a quality high-level institution is its student portal and its online learning platform powered by LoudCloud. At GCU, students have the choice of how they want to take their degree.

If you like campus life and being a part of the community, you can take your degree inside the campus. But, if you want a flexible life to help you study while you work on other priorities, then a more self-paced and independent approach is taking the online class route. The choice is up to you, as all GCU programs can be taken online.

Wrapping up

Grand Canyon University is an excellent, top-notch institution that helps students find their way in life and bring out their full potential with a wide variety of programs, highly-trained and experienced teachers, and high-quality on-campus and online facilities designed to provide the best quality of education possible.

Its student portal is also excellent. It’s easy to use, intuitive, provides most if not all the things that students may need, and it rarely runs onto any problems or hiccups with the system. When there are rare hiccups, the portal’s technical support team is also very responsive.

If you’re a GCU student, there are many things that the GCU website and portal can provide for you. In fact, there are so many that not all students know about all of them.

But, now that you have read this article guide to how the GCU student portal works, we hope that you can start using your portal account in a better way that will help you enjoy life and satisfy your needs as a student as much as possible.

Brian Lee
Founder of Darbaroud.com: I like to write about self-improvement and achieving excellence, and believe that it is these qualities that ultimately make people successful in life.

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